What Is Futsal?

What Is Futsal?

In San Ramon and around the world, futsal is a fun, fast-paced sport that shares many similarities with soccer. It is often played indoors.

Futsal vs. Soccer

Both sports have much in common, but there are some significant differences too.

  • Futsal is played 5 v 5.
    • Each team has 4 field players + a goalie.
  • Futsal uses a "no bounce" ball.
    • A futsal ball bounces about 1/2 as high as a soccer ball.
    • This allows the ball to settle to the floor quickly.
  • Futsal has no offsides rule.
  • Futsal courts have out-of-bounds lines.
    • In this instance, futsal is just like basketball and outdoor soccer.
  • There are no throw-ins in futsal.
    • A ball that rolled out of bounds is passed back onto the court to restart play.
  • In futsal, substitutions are made "in the run of play". 
    • This means a player can leave the court in the middle of the game and be replaced by a teammate while the ball is in play.  
  • Slide tackling is not allowed in futsal.

League and Affiliations

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