Football was already the top sport in the country, but after Uruguay won gold medals in the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics and the World Cup in 1930 it saw a jump in popularity. The rules of Futsal are very similar to those of outdoor soccer, but there are a few key differences that you need to know before playing. A yellow card is used when a player fouls another player. A red card is used if the player receives two yellow cards in one game, or commits a major foul. Your goal should be to put enough pressure on the attacker that they lose focus and have a hard time thinking of their next move. Play as wide as possible to leave the field open for passes.
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Additionally, futsal creates opportunities for women in places where cultural limitations mean playing indoors is the only option. Free-kicks and penalties generally work as in football. However, once a team have committed five fouls in one half, for every subsequent foul their opponents get a free shot at goal from the second penalty mark, ten metres out . If the foul is closer to goal, the shot can be taken from where the infringement occurred. At half-time foul counts are wiped clean, but they are not erased prior to either extra-time period, where second-half fouls still count. A penalty kick is awarded if a player commits one of the fouls that are worthy of a direct free kick inside their own penalty area.
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During penalty time the team must play with one less player. The clock stops when the ball leaves the playing field or a foul is called. Playing in smaller tight spaces demands the development of quick reflexes, fast thinking, ball control, and pinpoint passes.
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Soccer – players can use all parts of the body except the hands and arms. The event will take place in Blanes, Spain, from 9 – 17th September. This is the sixth time the tournament has been held, with previous hosts including China, Scotland, and Spain.
The position of the ball does not matter as long as it is in play but for a penalty kick, the ball must be on the outer line, perpendicular to the center of the net. A futsal courtThe futsal court is made up of wood or artificial material, or similar surface, although any flat, smooth and non-abrasive material may be used.
Players, equipment and officials
It is played with fewer players on the field, so each player has more chances to touch the ball. Futsal is a fast-paced version of the beautiful game that allows players to get many touches on the ball. Plus, physical contact is discouraged which makes it a great sport for kids as well as adults. I played soccer throughout high school on my school’s soccer team (go Red Raiders!) and helped assist with my daughter’s high school soccer team the last couple of years.
Futsal goals must be placed in the middle of each end line. For more details and the official rules read the Futsal, Laws of the Game from FIFA. If you’re new to Futsal, here is a guide on how to play the game. Move towards defenders if you have the ball and away if you do not.