Indoor / Futsal
There are many countries around the world with a heavy focus on indoor football. The are two common variations; indoor soccer and futsal. There are differences, so let's explain.
Indoor soccer is a game derived from association football, adapted for play in a walled indoor arena on a synthetic carpet. It was originally developed to play football during the colder winter months. The bouncier, fabric covered ball can be played off walls and is usually kept under shoulder height. Meanwhile the keeper is partially protected by a zone. For more information, click here.
Futsal, on the other hand, is much closer to a scaled-down version of association football. Shortened from fútbol de salón (football of saloon), futsal is played on a hard court. The smaller, heavier, low-bounce ball favours ball-control and rapid play, leading to more improvisation, creativity and technique. Around the world futsal is the more popular variation. For more information, click here.