Futsal is a sport that is a derivative of soccer played on a basketball style court with no walls and a smaller, low-bouncing ball. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Ronaldo, and Neymar grew up playing the game and credit Futsal with developing their skills. Futsal is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and there are many leagues around the United States.
Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines – walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football due to the surface of the field. The surface, ball, and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity, and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
Resources needed by referees who will be officiating US Futsal matches are located in Box in a Futsal folder. The information there includes:
• FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game (LOTG)
• FIFA Amendments to the Futsal LOTG
• NAFF Futsal Laws of the Game
• NAFF Referee Protocol
• Summary of the US Futsal LOTG