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1. Indoor work provides new chances to learn 

Taking training indoors lets you put the learning objectives and session plan on the wall. You can ask players to write feedback or ideas on a chart too. Outdoors, the weather can make these aspects of coaching a no-go. 

Being inside lets you take your time as well. One of the benefits of playing futsal is that there's no need to rush through the session to keep players warm. 

2. Futsal is a great starting point for indoor play 

With a smaller pitch, no walls and a ball that's smaller and heavier, futsal demands a lot from players. But it’s these constraints that draw out futsal’s positive returns: technical, tactical, physical, psychological, social, and more. 

And futsal lets players get stuck straight in, with minimal messing around. 

3. The constraints help develop players 

More challenges mean more development. More enjoyment too. 

Playing 5v5 in tight areas is hard full stop. And take the futsal rule that the ball must not be passed straight back to the goalkeeper after it’s been distributed.  

Immediately, this creates an underloaded situation of 4v5 in favour of the defending team. The players in possession must now deal with receiving and keeping the ball under pressure. 

4. The ball is easier to control 

At the top of professional football, players often receive the ball with the sole of their foot. This lets them manipulate it quicker. No need to stop and get it out of their feet. Instead, they shift the ball in one go, taking it through 360 degrees at top speed.  

You can encourage players to try the same thing. One of the benefits of playing futsal is that the smaller, less bouncy ball makes it much easier to master the skill.  

5. Futsal creates intelligent defenders

Defending in futsal is a real skill. Again, it’s down to the ball. A futsal ball is easier to control, so defenders must be patient and clever.  

Plus, the rules allow only five fouls per team per half. This discourages players from giving fouls away. After all, the sixth time around, the other team will get a penalty.  

Indoor futsal creates a positive environment for players to learn and engage with the game.
Indoor futsal creates a positive environment for players to learn and engage with the game.

A futsal ball costs as little as £10. Beyond that, there's little required. 

Be creative. Check out the markings on your indoor floor. Often, you can use them for futsal. No futsal-sized goals? Try narrowing down five-a-side goals using cones. 

In fact, lower five-a-side goals can work better for U6s and U7s, who might find futsal goals a little high. 

Futsal balls come in a range of sizes. You can use this to your advantage. 

For instance, while U7s should play with a size two or three, they will benefit from some time with a size four. The bigger ball moves slower, which helps with control. The trade-off?  All passes will need to be short. 

Meanwhile, older players working with a size two might find it tricky to control the ball because there’s less surface area.  

8. Futsal balls are easier to manage

Multiple balls bouncing around an indoor facility can feel chaotic. But futsal balls don’t bounce. And you don’t need many of them to set up the game and start playing. This makes it easier to manage the environment.  

Working indoors lets you manage your equipment better too. Without balls being constantly kicked out of the area, there's more time for action and play. 

9. Players are always on the go

Because futsal is so dynamic, it's best to let the game run and reserve coaching for breaks in the play. Or have a quick chat with players on the sideline, then let them go again. 

One of the benefits of playing futsal is that there’s little stop and stand still while the game is underway.  

10. You can coach while players are resting

With the fast pace of futsal, it’s best to swap around the players on the pitch so that everyone gets a chance to rest. In fact, players might only play in two- or three-minute blocks, to keep the game consistently intense. 

While they’re resting, take the chance to talk to players about their individual targets and challenges. You can also ask what they’ve observed in the game.