It's been repeated ad nauseum that a lack of proper football pitches is hampering the development of football in the country. While that is certainly true, there is one easy way to skirt this obstacle. Play futsal.
The word futsal is derived from the Portuguese “futbol de sala” or indoor football. While there are several forms of indoor soccer, futsal is probably the most widely played variety worldwide.
According to my research, futsal began in South America in the 1930s, but FIFA only codified the laws in the 1980s.
There are several important differences between futsal and regular football. First, the court is vastly smaller. The regulation futsal court is pegged at 20 meters by 40 meters, whereas a football field is usually at least 64 meters wide and 100 meters long.
The surface is usually made of interlocking plastic tiles, although it can be played on any number of smooth “sportcourt” surfaces available in the market. You can also play futsal on wood, and although it generallyRead More »from Why futsal, football’s 5-a-side indoor variant, is perfect for us