Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Juninho, Neymar, Deco, Kaká, Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Fabregas, Xavi… all learnt their skills from playing Futsal, the indoor version of football played with a heavier, low-bounce ball that teaches skilful play and accurate passing.
Futsal is the way most children learn the game in Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and Spain, and The FA would like English children to get the same head start.
Futsal is the official FIFA version of the grassroots South American Futebol de Salão (Portuguese for ‘hall football’). It’s the fastest growing indoor sport in the world.
In the race to produce more skilful players, Premier League clubs are turning to Futsal. Everton coach, Tosh Farrell says: “Our Academy players now use Futsal in 75% of their training”.
All Respect League U8s, U9s teams play this amazing game alongside our regular 5v5 and 7v7 outdoor fixtures.
As a little boy in Argentina, I played futsal for my club. It was tremendous fun, and it really helped me become who I am today.
Lionel Messi, FIFA World Player of the Year
Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing… also for dribbling, balance, concentration Futsal was very, very important, no doubt.
Pele, World Cup Winner: 1958, 1962 & 1970