Level 1- Futsal


What is Futsal?

Futsal, which is a five-a-side game, is the only small sided format that is supported by FIFA and UEFA. It is normally played on a flat indoor pitch with 3m x 2m size goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock, with time-outs permitted.

Futsal by it's nature places a large emphasis on technical ability in situations of high pressure, and proves an excellent tool to develop techniques that can be translated into the 11-a-side game.

Players are constantly placed in situations where they must play whilst under pressure or in confined spaces; helping to develop a player's technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness.

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development.

Derbyshire is now home to two dedicated Charter Standard Fustal Leagues; the Chesterfield Futsal League and the Derby Futsal League. Both play a key role in the Derbyshire Futsal Project.

Get In Touch

Lauren Duarte-Mellor | Football Development Officer (Female Pathway)

Phone: 01332 361 422

9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

Email: lauren.duarte-mellor@derbyshirefa.com


The Derbyshire Futsal Project is a county wide project that ensures all futsal activity within Derbyshire is delivered in a collaborative way through the involvement of key partners, including Derbyshire County FA, the Chesterfield Futsal League, the Derby Futsal League, affiliated youth football leagues and football clubs, and the respective venues that are utilised to host futsal provision.

The Derbyshire Futsal Project aims to provide:

  • Futsal playing opportunities across the county.
  • Coach Education, such as FA Coaching Futsal Level 1 Courses, FA Futsal Level 2 Courses and FA Futsal Referee Courses.
  • Safe and quality assured league delivery shown through our FA Charter Standard Status Leagues.
  • Futsal that contributes to the FA Futsal Player Pathway.
  • A vision that emphasises the importance of working together and looking ahead to the development of new futsal leagues in the county that are strategically positioned to complement all futsal provision in our county

Futsal Strategy        2018 - 2024

The FA’s new Futsal strategy aims to make this fast, exciting format of the sport become England’s indoor game of choice for young players and drive participation.


 Futsal has a few differences from the 5-a-side game. Below are the most notable ones:

  • Played to lines - play is restarted with a "Kick-In" utilising a 4 second rule.
  • Ball has reduced bounce and is size 4 (Size varies depending on age groups participating).
  • Rolling substitutions.
  • All players can go anywhere on the pitch including goalkeepers.
  • Minimal contact with an accumulated 5 foul limit.
  • Futsal operates through its FIFA Laws of the Game which encompass all of the above and more.

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