About Futsal Clovis
that was founded in 2010 by McCarty Soccer Academy, with support from Clovis Unified School District, Clovis North Boys Soccer and Clovis Junior Soccer League.
What is Futsal?
Futsal is a small-sided game (5v5 including the goalkeepers) played on a soccer court (similar in size to basketball). Unlike indoor soccer, the game does not require the use of dasher boards. It is played with touchline boundaries only (so there are no walls to bang the ball against). The official ball is a special low bounce ball that is heavier and smaller than an official size 5 soccer ball. The ball forces a player to use their skill rather than the ball’s bounce to propel it. Futsal is a complete skill game. It develops the overall fundamentals of soccer more effectively. It has been proven that youth players develop quicker reflexes, faster thinking, and pinpoint passing. It is a superior game in terms of establishing a player’s touch and technique.
As compared to the American indoor game where a player relies on utilizing the walls, Futsal forces a player to think two or three steps ahead without using the walls. One touch passing is essential in maintaining ball possession on a smaller surface. Therefore, an individual’s overall ball handling skills and off the ball movement enhance considerably. When a player gets in trouble with the ball, there is no whacking it off the wall. Their split second thinking improves automatically as one learns how to maintain possession and distribute the ball quickly. Shots must be more accurate, since a shot off target will not produce a rebound. More shots are also taken during the course of a game, which will enhance a player’s confidence, by taking on a defender and shooting quickly. A player does not have as much space or time to dribble with the ball. Futsal helps to develop tremendous close quarter’s footwork.