FAQs

What is Futsal?
Fun and fast, Futsal is a dynamic form of soccer played worldwide! The game of Futsal began in Uruguay in the 1930’s as a 5-a-side game for youth players in YMCA competitions. It quickly spread throughout South America, becoming most popular in Brazil as a fun pick up form of soccer, often played to lively music with a strong focus on great ball control and quick passing. Futsal is a very fun game to play and an excellent complement to outdoor soccer. The game was formally named Futsal in 1989 as part of FIFA’s efforts to unify the rules and market the sport worldwide.

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.

What is NW Futsal?
NW Futsal is a city-wide youth futsal league that is played at the Portland Areas best facilities. The facilities include

  • 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.

How many courts are there?
There are 10 dedicated futsal courts between the four facilities. With permanent lines and regulation futsal goals.
How long are the games?
  • 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.
How much time is available for warmup?
Games are played hourly on each court. Game times are staggered at each facility to alleviate traffic patterns. Teams will have 10-12 minutes of warm-up time on the court.
Is there food and beverage for fans?
The facilities vary on offerings but all have food and beverage service.
How does the Home and Away schedule work?
Upon registration the team can request a home facility, with this request NW Futsal will work diligently to have as many true home games as possible. Depending on home facility requests we may not be able to accommodate all requests.
Are the rules the same at each facility?
Yes! The full list can be found under NW Futsal League Rules.
Where are the facilities located?
How do I choose my home facility?
Upon registration please put your home facility request in the comment section of the registration form. If registering in person or over the phone please specify your home facility clearly.
What days will our team play?
Games are played on Saturday or Sunday. Your team will play one game a weekend, unless reschedules occur and your team plays twice a weekend. Friday nights are reserved for reschedules and some older league divisions.
Reschedules happen, what is the policy?
Please see our Policy page.
Do we need to join an association in order to play?
No. The NW Futsal League does not require association fees or association cards.
What is the player card for and will it work at each facility?
The player cards cost $5 and are good for life. (So long as you do no lose them). In order to play in a game the referee must check that you have signed a release waiver. Each player hands their card to the referee before each match and the card is handed back at the end of the game.
What levels of play are offered?
Gold, Silver and Recreational levels of play are offered. Teams may play up a year. Please contact NW Futsal info@nwfutsal.com to discuss. Our goal is to ensure competitive divisions for all teams.
How are age groups assigned? What does it mean to be a U9 player?

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
Age Group U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15
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
Birth year 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002-1999
I have more questions?
Great, please contact us at info@nwfutsal.com
What seasons do you offer?
NWFutsal offers four seasons of futsal. For 2017/2018 the seasons are:

Fall 2017 – September 16th – November 5th 2017

WINTER 2017 – NOVEMBER 11TH 2017 – JANUARY 21ST 2018

Winter 2018 – January 27th – March 18th 2018

Spring 2018 – April 7th – June 10th 2018