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USYF Futsal Fun Facts

By USYF Contributor, 05/28/19, 10:45AM CDT

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Futsal Fact #1 – Many of the world's greatest players grew up playing futsal and recognize the game of futsal as the top explanation of their outstanding footwork and ability to think quickly in the pressure of a game. Pele, Maradona, Messi, Kaka, Xavi, Ronaldo, Robinho, Ronaldinho, & Fabregas are just some of the players that grew up playing futsal.

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Futsal Fact #2 – Dozens of top clubs in the world (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United) have their youth players playing futsal! In fact, in South America, many junior players don't play outdoor soccer until around age 13; they opt for futsal, instead!

 

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Futsal Fact #3 - In a recent study, it was observed that during games futsal players touch the ball 210% more than players playing traditional US indoor arena soccer.

 

 

 

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Futsal Fact #4 – Many Brazilian oil rigs have futsal courts on their decks, like the one to the right, so workers can play in their downtime!

 

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Futsal Fact #5 - With no wall to help them out, players must move and support each other just like in outdoor soccer. This develops more tactically aware players, whose skills can be transferred to the outdoor game. With the absence of these walls, players must perform skills properly and accurately.

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Futsal Fact #6 – Futsal is played in over 100 countries, by more than 10 million players!