Futsal is the only form of ‘indoor football’ or ‘five-a-side’ that is officially approved by FIFA. It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the world, is played in over 100 countries and boasts millions of players around the world. The name "Futsal" comes from the merging of the Spanish/Portuguese words for football (Futbol or Futebol) and the French or Spanish word for "Indoor" (Salon or Sala). Following changes at international level between FIFA (Federation Internationale Football Association) and FIFUSA (Federation of Internationale De Futbol Sala) the sport became united with the outdoor version of the game, in 1989. The game of Futsal is played on a firm, flat surface on a court ranging in size from that of a standard basketball court to the full FIFA International size of 40 x 20 meters. The special feature of the game is the unique properties of the ball, which has a low rebound. The game develops close individual ball skills as the court is small and players are forced into limited space & option scenarios. Games are usually fast-paced, with players receiving more touches and are constantly placed in demanding decision making, limited space situations that they would face on a greatly reduced scale playing 11-a side outdoor soccer. Because the sport is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pinpoint passing, it is an exciting game for children as well as adults.
Indoor soccer is one of the many CCA’s offered at Mutiara International Grammar School. Every Thursday from 2:30pm to 4:00pm students go to Sport’s Planet to play indoor soccer. Our objective is to incorporate learning through the varied interests of our students. Indoor soccer helps our students build character, team skills, and leadership qualities all while having fun.
At indoor soccer, students break up into four groups; all girls from various grade levels, boy’s grade 7 and 8, boy’s grade 9 and boy’s grade 10 -11. The groups allow each player to showcase their individual talent while getting a change to enhance their soccer skills. Playing with players who have the same skills do not overwhelm the player but rather let the student enjoy participating and playing the sport.