A little bit about futsal…

Futsal is rapidly becoming a household name in soccer communities throughout the U.S. Soccer enthusiasts are quickly learning the advantages of futsal and recognizing the potential this game has in creating exceptional soccer players.
Futsal is fast, requires quick decisions, and decisive and deliberate movements. The pace and skills required to participate in this game are not duplicated in any other version of soccer. Therefore, players that continuously participate in futsal programs will develop a far superior skill set than that of their competitor.

Although the game of Futsal is played in over 100 countries by more than 10 million participants, there still seems to be a number of people that are unclear as to what exactly Futsal is. In order to help answer these questions we have created the sections below.

What is Futsal? – Futsal is the official version of indoor soccer recognized by FIFA and is how the rest of the world plays indoor soccer.


“Futsal” started in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani Gravier, a teacher in Montevideo, Uruguay, created a version of indoor football for recreation in YMCAs. This new sport was originally developed for playing on basketball courts, and a rule book was published in September 1933. The main goal was to create a team game that could be played indoor or outdoor but that was similar to football, which became quite popular in Uruguay after its national soccer team won the 1930 World Cup and gold medals in the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics.

Ceriani, writing the rule book, took as example the principles of football (the possibility to touch the ball with every part of the body except for the hands), but he took rules from other sports too: from basketball the number of team players (five) and the game duration (40 actual minutes); from water polo the rules about the goalkeeper; from handball for the field and net’s sizes. The result is a lively, evolved, dynamic, active and supportive sport.

The game spread immediately throughout Latin America, developing a cult following. It was easily played by everyone, everywhere, and in any weather condition, even in winter, without any difficulty, helping players to stay in shape all year round. These reasons convinced João Lotufo, a Brazilian, to bring this game to his country and adapt it to the needs of physical education.

Initially, the rules were not uniform. In 1956, the rules were modified by Habib Maphuz and Luiz Gonzaga de Oliveira Fernandes within the YMCA of São Paulo Brazil to allow seniors to compete. Luiz de Oliveira wrote the “Book of Rules of Futsal” in 1956, then adopted also at the international level.

In 1965 the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol de Salón (South American Futsal Confederation) was formed, consisting of Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

Shortly after, a unique tournament was organized. It attracted some interest in South American media, which regularly began to follow futsal. In particular, it was the journalist José Antônio Inglêz who passionately contributed to the rapid spread of the game, as well as being credited as the man who coined the name “futsal” to define the sport.

Here are some families testimonials, experiences and opinion about how Futsal throughout the country.

“Our family has been hearing about ‘Futsal’ for years … but never really embraced the concept until this past summer.  Our youngest son is on a recreational U-8 team that decided to sign up for a summer clinic.  This lead to another clinic for our son in the fall 2011 season and ultimately participating as a member of the Winter 2011 U-8 Futsal league team.  There is no doubt in our mind that the Futsal training he has received has made the difference in his play.  Although his rec team is U-8, they play in the RYSC D1 grouping.  The skills the boys learned in Futsal has allowed this team to excel and perform above the other players in their league.  The addition of the indoor Futsal league (3 members of his outdoor team are playing here) continues to improve their skills and I look forward to seeing where soccer will take them in their future.  Thanks to James and the other coaches for making it fun while at the same time teaching the kids at every step of the way.  Oh, and watch out for those girls … they are amazing when they learn their Futsal skills!  Best of success to your program.” Maura & Roosevelt Kent 

“My team’s experience playing in the futsal league has been terrific! The game itself is fast paced and has challenged my players decision making. Because it is 5v5, all the players are constantly involved. In fact because of their high involvement I often have to be careful substituting. It has been a real pleasure watching the players grow playing this game and the parents have also really enjoyed it so much that they have been asking about playing in another session. They have always said “the game” is the best teacher. Futsal is the epitome of this statement.” David deBernardi 

“Our son participated in the Holiday Skills camp and loved it! His ball control and foot skills improved dramatically and he even said he might like futsal better than soccer – high praise indeed! The coaches were great and very engaged  with the kids, especially Lee. We would highly recommend this camp.” Janeen Hill
“As a coach, club Board member, and soccer parent, I can’t speak highly enough about Vision Soccer Training and the programs that James and Lee put together to help players develop to their maximum potential.  I’ve used them for team training, help with tryouts, running camps for local Clubs, and to train my own kids.  Now they added futsal leagues to their offerings, which is so much better for my teams’ development than traditional indoor soccer.  Vision Soccer Training is at the very top of comprehensive training programs in our region!” Jeff Flint

“The Vision Soccer/Futsal Factory futsal training program has been fantastic for our son.  The coaching is excellent.  We’ve watched James, Lee, and Kevin provide an intensive learning environment while making the experience fun for the kids.  Through the drills and scrimmages, our son’s foot skills, quickness, and confidence have improved dramatically.  And, it’s really easy to register online.  We recommend it highly.” Elizabeth and Allen Chandler

“We wanted to thank you for a great Futsal program during this winter break.  Our daughter had only done Futsal once before and it was more than a year ago.  She was very nervous about going because it was something new to her, but she ended up having a great time and improved a lot over the course of the two weeks she attended your camp.  I am sure she will be at one of your future programs. It was a great learning opportunity in a competitive yet fun environment.” Stephanie Thompson 

“Both of my girls have played with Visions Soccer the past two years doing camps and clinics. We were so excited for them both to join the Futsal Factory futsal league this year. It developed their footskills, speed, passing, need for quick thinking, and confidence. They loved going on the court and playing a game of soccer with their friends, and getting their foot in the ball. Also, they recognize, and respect the friendly Visions staff.” Carrie Blyth 

“The level of training that our boys have received from Vision Soccer Training/Futsal Factory has been fantastic. The sessions are high-energy, packed with useful instruction, and keep the players constantly moving and challenged. Whether working on perfecting fundamentals, or fine-tuning advanced techniques, James and Lee provide our players with instruction that benefits both the individual players and the team as a whole.” Robb Wright 

“What an amazing experience my players had learning the game of futsal! Not only did they find a new game but it is truly incredible how it has improved their foot work and balls skills. The training provided my players has increased their overall confidence and skill level. The instructors provide outstanding instruction with attention to each players needs and in an environment conducive to learning. I would and do recommend this training to friends, families and the coaches of my club.” Brad Watson
“The skills, humor and enthusiasm our kids have learned from James and Lee have contributed greatly to their game.  Futsal has improved their foot skills, game speed and one touch passing making them better players on the field at a competitive level.  James and Lee do a wonderful job training players at all ages and skill levels.  Best of all, they make soccer fun!” Leslie Schwendeman 

“The Vision Soccer Training/Futsal Factory organization is TOP NOTCH. They provide an arsenal of training options. There are week long Futsal camps, Futsal leagues, Monthly Skill clinics (i.e. every Friday for a month), and focused training camps (Shooting and Finishing, Goalie skills, etc). The organization listens carefully to customer feedback and modify their programs and/or add programs to cover additional needs. This group is simply fantastic.  My daughter has enrolled in many of their classes over the last year and a half and she has completely elevated her level of play.  My daughter plays in the RYSC Recreation League, but her level of play is definitely that of a Select/Comp player. She stands out on the team.  No way would we learn this level of play in the Recreation League – too many kids of varying skill level limits the  advanced skills. The Vision Soccer Training/Futsal Factory trainers are exceptional. The trainers are motivated and highly skilled and they will work with your child or your situation to make the program work for you. In short, I have been impressed by the organization, their programs and their trainers. My only fear is that they will get too popular and it will be hard to find an opening.” Brion Daniels 

“I’ve seen her improve over the session. She’s always been my less physical more “chill” child and now she goes out there and is aggressive and fast, Being forced into smaller space helped them with their passing and hustle.” Noelle

 “I would highly recommend futsal through vision soccer to all athletes interested in improving their foot skills and game play. My 9 year old daughter is enjoying the game so much. She is so into futsal and has shown a huge improvement in her skills. My daughter now sees futsal as her sport in addition to soccer, not simply a tool to improve soccer.  We will be regular customers and look forward to more exciting futsal games. Parents, futsal is a fast paced game that will keep you on the edge of your seat!” Sonya Wong

 Thank you for another great session of futsal. It has certainly been good for our team. I can see it in their foot skills, cooperation and thoughtfulness on the big field. Better yet, its just outright fun. We started the Winter with seven of my players and by April we had 15 playing across two teams. By now its become the most effective and the most enjoyable part of our weekly program. A big part of that is due to your enthusiastic staff and just how efficiently everything runs. Keep up the good work. Dave Hunter