It’s called Futsal! Futsal is a form of soccer played on a basketball-size court and is played with 5 player teams. The priority in Futsal is to motivate players in an environment that is conducive to learning. The more pleasure kids derive from their participation, the more they wish to play and practice on their own. While their instinct to play is natural, their affection and appreciation for soccer must be cultivated. Futsal is the foundation to such goals because it:
Futsal is made available by the Wallingford Youth Soccer League for all WYSL players age U-5 through U-10
Allows players to frequently touch the one "toy" on the field, namely, the ball.
Presents many opportunities to score goals and score goals often.
Encourages regaining possession of the ball as a productive, fun and rewarding part of the game.
Maximizes active participation and minimizes inactivity and boredom.
Provides a well organized playing environment with improvised fields.
Reflects the philosophy of player development expressed in state and national coaching schools.
Eliminates complicated rules such as off-sides that may hinder youngsters from "playing".
Reflects the appropriate roll of the coach as a Facilitator.
Makes the game more "beginning coach" friendly because the game is simpler, thus making it easier to recruit more volunteer "coaches".
Allows the game to be the teacher!
The Futsal sessions run from January to March of each year
Futsal registration is separate and is held in October & November
Overall, Futsal is a great skill-developer, developing quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin-point passing. It is an exciting game for children as well as adults.