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Overview: our futsal game

Some of the world’s best footballers first built their skills through futsal, the fast-paced 5v5 format recognised as a game in its own right. 

To see why futsal’s been credited with giving stars like Ronaldinho and Messi their start, we counted every action in a 20-minute 5v5 game played on a 30x20 metre pitch by U9s. Normal futsal rules were applied, and the ball was in play 50% of the time. 

Here’s what the game looked like: 

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A summary of the futsal game we observed.