Futsal is a football-based game played on a hard court smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It has similarities to five-a-side football and indoor football.[1]

International futsal match between Argentina and Brazil in 2007
Highest governing bodyFIFA and AMF
Team members5 per side
EquipmentFutsal ball
VenueFutsal court
OlympicNo (except 2018 Youth Olympics)

Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor soccer, it is played on a hard court surface marked by lines; walls or boards are not used. It is played with a smaller, harder, lower-bounce ball than football.[3] The surface, ball and rules favour ball control and passing in small spaces.[4] The game emphasizes control, improvisation, creativity and technique.[5]

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