About US Futsal United States Futsal (USFF) has been governing the sport of Futsal in the United States since 1981.
Futsal (Five-a-Side Soccer) is "The Way the World Plays Indoor Soccer" and is the international form of indoor soccer approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is played in all continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players.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 and it was first used by U.S. Futsal in 1987. U.S. Futsal President Alex Para, lobbied to FIFA to have the name Futsal used for the game, until that time FIFA had used the name Indoor Soccer and Five-a-Side Soccer. FIFA took up the name in 1989.
Why Futsal? About US Futsal The priority in Futsal is to motivate players in an environment that is conducive to learning. The more pleasure kids derive from their participation, the more they wish to play and practice on their own. While their instinct to play is natural, their affection and appreciation for soccer must be cultivated. Futsal is the foundation to such goals because it:Allows players to frequently touch the one "toy" on the field, namely, the ball. Presents many opportunities to score goals and score goals often. Encourages regaining possession of the ball as a productive, fun and rewarding part of the game (defending). Maximizes active participation and minimizes inactivity and boredom. Provides a well organized playing environment with improvised fields. Reflects the philosophy of player development expressed in state and national coaching schools. Eliminates complicated rules such as off-sides that may hinder youngsters from "playing". Reflects the appropriate roll of the coach as a Facilitator. Makes the game more "beginning coach" friendly because the game is simpler, thus making it easier to recruit more volunteer "coaches". Allows the game to be the teacher!