What is Futsal?

Program Head Coach:  Former Canadian U20 and National Futsal Team player Desi Humphrey

Dates:  Starting Sunday January 6, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location:  Dunbarton High School

Fee: U9-U12 – $165 for PSC members, $195 for non-members

U13-U14 – $195.00 for PSC members, $225.00 for non-members

Program: Program shirt


Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small-sided football game that originated in South America in the 1930s. It is widely played across the world, and is the small-sided football format that is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game. Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development. Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, and Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal. Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas and many others have played Futsal to develop their skills.  Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted.

United FA U14G 2018 Ontario Futsal Cup Champions

What are the Benefits of Playing Futsal?

  • The emphasis in Futsal is very much on skill and technique over physicality
  • Confidence on the ball
  • Receiving a pass under pressure
  • Touching the ball more often
  • Decision-making in 1v1 situations, and ball retention – regularly practiced fundamental skills that we look to develop in young football players within a game environment in Futsal
  • Futsal is also fun for young players who get to touch the ball with greater frequency in a variety of different positions.

What is the difference between Futsal and 5-a-Side?