Futsal is a format of five-a-side football that is played extensively throughout the world. The term ‘Futsal' is an abbreviation of the Portuguese ‘futebol de salão' or the Spanish ‘futbol sala', both of which translated literally mean ‘indoor football'. It is played on a pitch approximately the size of a basketball or netball court with a ball which is smaller and heavier than the outdoor football and has a reduced bounce. Famous professional soccer players like Ronaldo, Juninho, Maradona, Rivelino and even the great Pele have declared they played Futsal in their childhood.
Futsal is an excellent sport that targets ball mastery skills, speed, and creativity which can also be used to enhance your performance on the soccer pitch. The ball forces a player to use their skill rather than the ball's bounce to propel it. Futsal compared to other sports is actually quite safe because slide tackling is not allowed and there is limited players in the air (i.e. jumping and bounding), so there is less stress on the knees and ankles.
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