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Futsal is the international name for indoor football. The name is derived from the Spanish words Fútbol (foot) and Sala (hall). Futsal is a very dynamic, spectacular and fast-paced sport.
Played five-a-side on a small pitch, the game is often littered with superb technical skills, super-fast combinations, showboating and wonderful goals. Because of its fast pace, futsal provides plenty of entertainment.
It is a very attractive sport for players, fans and spectators alike. At all levels: from grassroots to the very top.
Because of the dynamic nature of the game, players can often be found all over the pitch. However, basically, players have a ‘fixed position’, in line with their speciality. Some players are all-rounders; they can fill all positions. Each country has a different system, but the most popular formation is ‘the diamond’: 1-3-1.
In general, a team has four positions:
Facts & Figures
Most successful European countries: Spain, Portugal, Russia, Italy
Most successful European teams: Inter FS, Barça, Playas de Castellón, Murcia FS (Spain), Kairat Almaty (Kazakhstan), FC Dynamo and Dina Moskva (Russia), Benfica and Sporting CP (Portugal).
Futsal legends: Falcão, Manoel Tobias, Konstantin Eremenko, Luis Amado, Schumacher, Javi Rodriguez, Kike, Ricardinho, Ortiz