You’ve heard of it before, but do you really know what Futsal is all about? Follow #FutsalFeb to learn all about the laws, history and current Futsal scene in Manchester and beyond!
So, what is Futsal?
Futsal is played by five-a-side teams, with games consisting of two 20-minute halves. High-speed, close control and flair is the name of the game.
The game has been traced back to Uruguay in 1930. Since then, the game has expanded across South America and beyond. This year’s World Cup takes place in Lithuania, where Argentina will defend their crown in the 24-team competition.
Getting started in Futsal
Is it popular?
The game has in the past produced South American legends like Pele, Bebeto and Zico. In more recent years, Futsal has become truly global, and has been the place where many of today’s household names began their football journey.
The likes of Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi and Neymar all credit their rise to the top of football in-part to their participation in Futsal from a young age.
What about in England?
Futsal is rapidly growing in popularity across England. In 2018, The FA launched its Fast Forward With Futsal Strategy, which aims to drive participation in the game, and establish England as a top-20 ranked men’s side by 2024.
The National Futsal League consists of 33 teams across five divisions, including the likes of Manchester Futsal Club, who compete in the NFL Premiership North.
Download The FA's Fast Forward With Futsal Strategy for 2018-2024
How do I get involved in Manchester?
Throughout February, Manchester FA is working with the local Futsal scene to make sure you too can get involved in the game.
We’ll be hosting CPD events, a Community Day for you to get involved in playing, while the National Futsal Series itself will be in town at the National Cycling Centre on 16th February.
To find out more about all of the above, stay in tune with our social media channels, or contact Alex West for more information!
National Futsal Series Tickets
Community Day Tickets
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