Played on a smaller field, Futsal emphasizes the development of strong passing and dribbling skills. The low bounce ball also means that in futsal, the ball spends more time on the ground. This is excellent for the development of good ball control which makes futsal an ideal training tool. Many of the top soccer players in the world claim futsal as a pivotal element in their skills development.
“I think kids should be doing pickup or futsal all the time,” says current Director of Football Operations for NYC FC and former Youth Technical Director for US Soccer, Claudio Reyna. “I think it’s very important for technique. In Argentina, futsal is what kids play growing up. They get very comfortable in small spaces with the ball. It’s usually less pressure, so they can try things.” Compared to soccer, Futsal demands more versatile players and has a much lower injury rate.
- Oregon Premier Futsal – Clackamas
- Portland Futsal – SE Portland
- Rose City Futsal – EAST – NE Portland
- Rose City Futsal – WEST – Tigard
The NW Futsal league will bring futsal to everyone with fair, competitive, and fun leagues.
- The match lasts two equal periods of 22 minutes of running clock.
- Players are entitled to a 5-minute interval at half-time.
- Each team is entitled to a single 1-minute time-out per half when the team is in possession of the ball and the ball is out of play.
- Teams must switch benches at half time. Bench switching is to allow substitutions to enter from the correct part of the field and for coaches to coach from the defensive half.
Recreational players are assigned to age groups based on the school grade they began in the Fall. Competitive age groups are assigned by birth year. Please see table below:
|Recreational age groups|
|Grade||1st Grade||2nd Grade||3rd Grade||4th Grade||5th Grade||6th Grade||7th Grade||8th Grade||9th Grade|
|Competitive age groups|
|Age Group||‘09||‘08||‘07||‘06||‘05||‘04||‘03||High School|