New 5v5 “Futsal Rules” Smart Soccer Programs !


New this year, FSS will be offering 5v5 (4 field players plus a goalkeeper) leagues. The games will be played on our Turf Field at Downtown Sports, but using futsal rules, using larger goals that will both develop goalkeeping skills and allow for better scoring opportunities for attackers.


  • “Futsal” rules with 5’ x 10’ goals to encourage shots “low and hard” to corners
  • Low bounce “Futsal” ball to increase touches and encourage more creative dribbling!
  • Limited to 18 players per class (3 teams of 6)
  • Players register individually, but encourage teammates to come to train as a group.

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Research Shows ...

... that indoor training (without boards!) develops quick feet, quick thinking, and creativity.

According to US Soccer:

Young players exposed to playing Futsal show a greater comfort on the ball along with more intelligent movement off-the-ball. The more pleasure they derive from their participation, the more they wish to play and practice on their own. While their instinct to play is natural, their affection and appreciation for soccer must be cultivated in a soccer rich environment. Futsal is a foundation to such goals because it:

  • Allows players to frequently touch the one toy on the field, namely, the ball. In a statistical study comparing Futsal to indoor soccer with walls, players touch the ball 210 percent more often.
  • Presents many opportunities to score goals. With limited space, an out of bounds and constant opponent pressure, improved ball skills are required.
  • Encourages regaining possession of the ball as a productive, fun and rewarding part of the game (defending).
  • Maximizes active participation and minimizes inactivity and boredom. Action is continuous so players are forced to keep on playing instead of stopping and watching.
  • Provides a well-organized playing environment with improvised fields. Without a wall as a crutch, players must make supporting runs when their teammates have the ball.
  • Players enjoy the challenge of playing a fast-paced, fun and skill-oriented game that tests their abilities; allowing the game to be the teacher!

-- US Youth Soccer Player Development Model-January, 2012