Futsal FAQ's

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What is Futsal?

Futsal is a form of small-sided soccer (5 v 5) played on a hard surface (basketball court). It was developed in South America and is now played all over the world. Many of the world’s best soccer players grew up playing Futsal. A Futsal ball is smaller than a regular ball and is weighted so it does not bounce as much. Futsal improves coordination, foot skills, speed of play and more!    

Why does GRVFC promote Futsal so much?

Many reasons. Here’s five:

  1. Futsal is a ton of fun!
    Kids (and adults) love to play- in fact, many soccer players love fustal more that outdoor soccer!
  2. Improves Athletic Intelligence
    Futsal’s  fast-paced and continuous nature helps to improve a player’s spatial  intelligence and ability to learn to read the game. A player’s head is  always on a swivel, taking in information, anticipating the opponent’s  next move, and looking to exploit weaknesses on the court.
  3. Speed of Play
    The  small space requires players to not only play quicker but also to make  faster decisions. In futsal, you only have a split second to decide what  to do with the ball before you are put under high pressure, this  inherently encourages players to move on and off the ball, create  space and support teammates to combine out of pressure.
  4. Ball Skills and Control
    A  futsal player will have 600% more touches on the ball than a soccer  player. This helps players master their touch on the ball and will give  players confidence to hold on to the ball more and take players on 1v1.
  5. Creativity
    Perhaps  the single most important reason to play futsal is that it encourages  players to be creative and think out of the box. Because the court is  smaller and you get so much more touches on the ball, players try things  that they would never risk doing on the soccer field. This creativity  can come in the form of crazy 1v1 moves, unbelievable passes, and  combinations.

All  of these then translate to outdoor soccer. After a winter of playing  futsal, players find their outdoor game has improved in so many ways.

What are the dates and format for Winter Futsal?

The  league begins the week of Dec 2 and will run through the end of  February. We will have a two week break over Christmas/New Years. Exact  days and locations of games will vary depending on gym space. Players will play 1-2 games per week. The first week  will be practice sessions to get players up to speed on the rules of  futsal and get used to playing inside. After that, the games begin!  

Futsal league will have multiple divisions based on age (u8, u10, u12,  etc.). Under 15 players (8th graders/high school) will train and also  compete in the EOU Adult Futsal League.

Nearly  all games will be during the week, so there will be minimal if any  impact on your weekend activities. There will likely be occasional  Saturday jamboree events where we will also play games against visiting  towns (Boardman, Pendleton, Enterprise, etc.). These generally happen 1  time per month, and are optional.

What if my child participtes in other sports/activities in Winter?

No problem! We encourage multiple sport activities for players if schedules allow. In fact, many of our  players also play basketball in the winter or do other activities. At times there may be conflicts,  but as long as we know in advance, it is easy to work around.

What is GRVFC Futsal Academy?

For  registered players interested in extra training, we will offer an  additional 1-day training session per week. Players will be selected for  inclusion into this program based on their love of the game,  willingness to listen and learn, and their commitment. There is no  charge for participation. More details on this will be forthcoming.

What about Futsal uniforms?

Players will receive Futsal League training jerseys/uniforms.

How do I register and what is the deadline?

2019-20 Winter Futsal registration is now closed. 

Registration deadline: Nov 15! Nov 22nd! 

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