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The origin of Futsal® (Five-a-Side Soccer) can be traced back to Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani devised a five-a-side version of soccer for youth competion in YMCAs. The game is played on basketball-sized courts, both indoors and out without the use of sidewalls. The term FUTSAL® is the international term used for the game. It is derived from the Spanish or Portuguese word for "soccer"-- FUTbol or FUTebol, and the French or Spanish word for "indoor" -- SALon or SALa.

he game is frequently referred to as Five-A-Side or Mini-soccer. Once Ceriani got the ball rolling, Futsal gained rapid popularity throughout South America, particularly in Brazil. The skill developed in this game is visible in the world-famous style the Brazilians display outdoors on the full-sized field. Pele, Zico, Socrates, Bebeto and other Brazilian superstars developed their skill playing Futsal. While Brazil continues to be the Futsal hub of the world, the game is now played, under the auspices of FIFA, all over the world, from Europe to North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Asia and Oceania.

The first international competition took place in 1965, when Paraguay won the first South American Cup. Six more South American Cups were held through 1979, with Brazil winning all of them. Brazil continued its dominance with a victory in the first Pan American Cup in 1980 and won it again the next time it was played in 1984.

The first Futsal World Championship conducted under the auspices of FIFUSA (before its members integrated into FIFA in 1989) was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1982, with Brazil finishing in first place. The Brazilians repeated as champions at the second World Championship in 1985 in Spain, but lost in the third World Championship in 1988 in Australia to Paraguay. FIFA took over direct sponsorship of the event in 1989 in Holland and 1992 in Hong Kong. Brazil won both times. The Third FIFA World Championship was held November 24 through December 11, 1996, in Spain and for the first time FIFA names it the FIFA Futsal World Championship. The Fourth FIFA Futsal World Championship was held in Guatemala between November 18 to December 4th, 2000. The fifth Futsal World Championship was held in Taipei in December 2004. The sixth Futsal World Championship was held in Brazil in December 2008.


Futsal is the only version of indoor soccer sanctioned by FIFA (the world governing body of soccer). It is fast, challenges players, forces players to be creative and become more skillful. Just look at 'Futsal Facts' below.....

Futsal Fact #1 - All the world's greatest players grew up playing futsal; now is that just a coincidence?

Futsal Fact #2 - All of the top clubs in the world (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United...want me to continue) have their youth players playing futsal! Maybe just another coincidence?

Futsal Fact #3 - In a recent study it was observed that during games, Futsal players touch the ball 210% more than players playing traditional US indoor arena soccer.

Futsal Fact #4 - Ball Control - With limited space, boundary restrictions, and constant opponent pressure improved ball control skills and technique are required.

Futsal Fact #5 - With no wall to help them out, players must move and support each other just like in outdoor soccer. This develops more tactically aware players, whose skills can be transferred to the outdoor game.

FIFA / Futsal - Mission and Goals

FIFA has made a commitment to promote and structure the sport of futsal globally, by means of competitions, courses and other proactive measures, and to encourage its members to do the same.

•  To launch, integrate and establish futsal in FIFA member associations;
•  To communicate the Laws of the Game of futsal and provide the required infrastructure and equipment;
•  To support and promote the setting up of new futsal competitions through the confederations and member associations;
•  To organise courses and seminars and to publish teaching material for futsal players, coaches, referees and officials;
•  To provide technical and organisational help with arranging futsal competitions;
•  To provide technical and organisational help to FIFA member associations;
•  To standardise the Laws.
futsal articles to review --
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•  Could Futsal help produce an English Lionel Messi?  adobe pdf document

•  Futsal - What do the Brazilians know that we don't know? -- Striker Soccer Magazine  adobe pdf document

•   FIFA has made a commitment to promote and structure the sport of futsal globally

•  Comments from Carlos Mateus, former President of the Canadian Futsal Federation,
who lived in Nanaimo, BC for 20 years and introduced Futsal to British Columbia. He now
resides in Southern Brazil.

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