The game of Futsal is played on a firm, flat surface on a court ranging in size from that of a standard basketball court to the full FIFA International size of 40 x 20 metres. The special feature of the game is the unique properties of the ball, which has a low rebound. The game develops close individual ball skills as the court is small and players are forced into limited space & option scenarios.
Futsal was introduced to Australia in 1972 by Dawn Gilligan , then working at the Revesby YMCA. The year before was a wet soccer season and Dawn had heard about Futsal ‘indoor soccer’ and introduced it to the centre. The sport slowly spread to the other states
Games are usually fast-paced, with players receiving more touches and are constantly placed in demanding decision making, limited space situations that they would face on a greatly reduced scale playing 11-a side outdoor soccer. Because the sport is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pinpoint passing, it is an exciting game for children as well as adults.
Find your local affiliated Football NSW Futsal centre here.