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 Futsal Leagues; the Chesterfield Futsal League and the Derby Futsal League. Both play a key role in the Derbyshire Futsal Steering Group.

Get In Touch

Alex Walker | Football Development Officer

Phone: 01332 361422



Derbyshire Futsal Steering Group

The Derbyshire Futsal Steering Group is the driving force for futsal in the county.

There are four key focus areas of the group, which are:

  • Create a high-impact identity for futsal;
  • Drive participation;
  • Create a specialist futsal workforce;
  • Establish player and competition pathways.

The Steering Group meet every quarter to review progress.

As well as the meetings the group also help to deliver and promote various futsal events throughout the season.

Oliver Couch is also the lead contact for the Chesterfield Futsal League.

The lead contact for Derby Futsal Club is Heather Keith who can be contacted on heatherkeith1@hotmail.co.uk

If you are interested in being part of the steering group then please contact Adam Wing.

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.