Did you ever hear about Futsal? No, you didn’t misread, I said Futsal, not football. If this is the first time you are hearing this then let us see Futsal Sport the Other Football How to Play Rules.
What is Futsal?
Futsal is a variant of football in which 5 players play on each side. Futsal is played on a smaller field than a regular football ground and is also played indoors. The term futsal comes from the Portuguese ‘futebol de salao’ which means hall football (a perfect name for this indoor football I guess).
Unlike some other versions of 5-a-side football, the edge of the field is marked by lines, there are no walls to bounce the ball off.
Now you got the basic idea about the game then let’s move forward or should I say backward to see when futsal sport started.
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When Did Futsal Sport Started?
The game was developed in Brazil and Uruguay between the 1930s by a teacher named Juan Carlos Ceriani who planned to originally play on a basketball court.
In writing the rules he took the five-a-side team sizes and 40-minute match duration from basketball with that he also took the pitch and goal dimensions from the handball and goalkeeper rules from water polo.
This is what we can call a hybrid sport. Crazy Thinking!!!)
Futsal soon spread throughout South America, where the rules were more standardized and the first international confederation was formed in 1965.
In the year 1989, FIFA took over all this as the sport’s governing body and held the first edition of the Futsal World Cup in the Netherlands.
The first UEFA tournament came in 1996, won by the hosts Spain, and there followed a full UEFA European Futsal Championship in 1999. Eight teams were involved in those finals and by the year 2022, there was a 16-team competition in the Netherlands.
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How to play Futsal
So this was all I found out about the sport Futsal. I guess that’s all for today. It was something different than usual so look forward to some different facts about sports in the future.
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