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Loyalhanna United Soccer

Indoor Soccer - Futsal

Where Did Futsal Come From?

The origin of Futsal can be traced back to Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani devised a five-a-side version of soccer for youth competition 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.

The game is frequently referred to as Five-A-Side. 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

Futsal is the only international form of indoor soccer approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

What Are The Benefits Of Futsal?

  1. It is fun – The game is less complicated than 11 v 11 played outdoors
  2. Touches on the ball are maximized.  Less players on smaller courts equal more participation
  3. Less physical contact – soccer players need an occasional break from high contact full speed outdoor soccer
  4. Ball control, creative dribbling, movement without the ball, and general fitness is optimized

Rules For Mini-Game Program

  1. Players must stay on their feet.  No sliding is permitted
  2. When ball goes out of play, the opposing team kicks the ball in. (No throw ins)
  3. During the beginning of the program, no goalies will be used.  We want to encourage the use of body movement and foot skills to control the ball and prevent goals.  When goal keepers are used later in the program, goal kicks will be thrown in. (Instead of a kick in like outdoor soccer)
  4. All other FIFA rules and regulations apply (tripping, obstruction, handballs, high kick, dangerous play, etc)


Loyalhanna United Soccer Club, Inc.
4005 Forest Glen Drive
Greensburg, PA  15601
(724) 834-2795

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