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 traditionally 20 minutes per-half, played to a stopping clock with time-outs permitted.
There are several differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world. 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.
Futsal in London is quickly growing, with more tournaments, leagues and training sessions taking place across a variety of venues.
If you would like to get involved with futsal, please email Alex Burke via the details above.
London FA has launched a brand-new youth Futsal league for the 2019/20 season.
Matches are spread across three different venues:
U16s and U13s boys' league at Haringey Sixth Form College
- Matches played Saturday afternoons/midweek
- 1 x 40 min match
- Organiser: Darren Wiltshire (firstname.lastname@example.org)
U14s boys' league at Leyton Score Centre
- Matches played midweek
- 1 x 40 min match
- Organiser: Luis Fernandez (email@example.com)
U8s, U10s and U12s boys' league at Sedgehill School, Catford
- Matches played Saturday afternoons
- 2 x 20 min matches
- Organiser: Owen March (firstname.lastname@example.org)
County finals are now held in London each year for a variety of age groups, which feed into the nationwide competition played at St. George's Park.
This is the main FA sanctioned Futsal league for London.
Matches are payed every Sunday at Leyton Score Centre.
Please email Luis Fernandez - email@example.com - for further information.