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Futsal

[Updated: 12/26/2008]

MYSA is the administrative body for futsal in the state of Minnesota. For more information or to register, please visit the U.S. Futsal Federation web site at www.futsal.org. If you have questions related to registration, please contact Ranae Orr in the MYSA office at 952-933-2384 or 800-366-6972. Registration in US Futsal will NOT affect your outdoor soccer team/club eligibility.

What is Futsal? Futsal is the international form of indoor soccer and it is played under the banner of FIFA throughout the world by more than 25 million players. Futsal/5-a-side is played on a basketball court, although it can be played on a variety of surfaces. The game does not require the use of expensive dasher boards, as do other versions of indoor soccer; therefore, it is a very economical and safe sport. Because the sport is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin-point passing, it is an exciting game for children as well as adults. Great soccer superstar such as Pele, Zico and Socrates grew up playing the game and credit Futsal with developing their skills. Futsal is played with a special, low-bounce ball, necessitating players to use their skills, rather than the ball’s bounce, to propel it.

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United States Futsal Federation

The United States Futsal Federation (USFF) was incorporated in January, 1981 in California and now has 70,000 registered players of all ages throughout the U.S. The sport has grown rapidly. Currently, Futsal associations exist in 42 states.The (USFF) is the national governing body for the sport of Futsal in the United States. It is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and FIFA.

The term Futsal is the international term used for the game. It is derived from the Spanish or Portuguese word for "soccer", FUTbol or FUTebol, and the French or Spanish word for "indoor", SALon or SALa.

The USFF was founded to promote the sport of Futsal and provide standards for the sport Futsal State Associations. Its goals are to:

  • Supervise the youth (defined as a player under the age of 19 years), and senior (defined as a player over the age of 19 years) level of competition at the local and national level.
  • Resolve questions and controversies not adjustable under the rules of the Futsal State Associations concerned.
  • Manage the State and National Futsal Cups.
  • Conduct clinics to educate players, coaches, and referees about Futsal.
  • Manage and support the National Futsal Teams for inter- national competition.