Winter Futsal now available at Red Star Soccer. Register today and don’t miss this great opportunity. Spots are limited.

Ages 7-12 years old

FUN, Technical exercises, Small sided games, Indoors!

LocationColumbia Neighborhood Center (Sunnyvale)


Red Star Soccer is proud to announce our Winter 2023 Futsal Training Program. Starting December 9th, players will practice, scrimmage and develop their agility, fast footwork, and game awareness. Each session typically consists of – 1hr practices, held on Friday evening at Columbia Neighborhood Center. Red Star Futsal program is focused on our younger players born from 2011 to 2016.


SessionDayTimeAge groupDates
Session 1Friday5-6pmBoys and Girls born in 2016 and 2014December 8, 15, 22, January 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 2Friday6-7pmBoys and Girls born in 2013, 2012 and 2011December 8, 15, 22, January 5, 12, 19, 26

Cost: Session cost is $250 and includes a futsal ball- 8 sessions.

Typical 1hr Practice Session:

  • 30 minutes – Ball Mastery and Technical Fundamentals
  • 30 minutes – Scrimmage – Small-Sided Games

Space is limited to 24 players per session, click here to register.

All sessions will be led by our Technical Director, Cleber Silva.

Refund Policy: No refunds after Dec 1st, 2023. All requests must be made in writing to admin@redstarsoccer.net.

History of Futsal

The word “Futsal” comes from the Spanish name “futbol sala” which literally means “room football”. It originated in the inner cities of South America and was first played indoors at a YMCA in Montevideo, Uruguay around 1930. An Argentinian named Juan Carlos Ceriani invented the game to be able to practice soccer indoors as an antidote to rain-drenched pitches. The game soon captured the imagination of the football-playing public and was enthusiastically adopted across South America.

A similar form of the game was developed in Sao Paulo, Brazil known as “futebol de salao”. The first known leagues were formed there in 1952 and the first known international competition took place in 1965. Futsal is now an integral part of the football fabric of Brazil and many of its finest champions have attributed the development of their soccer skills to playing a lot of Futsal as youngsters.

“I played Futsal for two or three years before I joined Santos… Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing… also for dribbling, balance, concentration… Futsal was very, very important, no doubt”.


World Champion 1958, 1962 and 1970

“Futsal is an extremely important way for kids to develop their skills and understanding of the game. My touch and my dribbling have come from playing Futsal.”


FIFA World Footballer of the year 2004, 2005

Laws of the Game

The official rules for Futsal – ‘The FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game’ are published by FIFA and cover all aspects of the rules that the game should be played to and the disciplinary actions that players face when they infringe on those rules. There are 18 laws in all, ranging in focus from the technical requirements of the ball and court through to the exact workings of the accumulated foul rule. As an initial introduction to these laws, the basic principals of the game that make it different from any other versions of 5-a-side that you might have played are highlighted below:

The court – Futsal is played on a marked court and the ball can go out of play (see illustration for dimensions and layout of pitch)

The ball – Is a fundamental factor in making the game and is by virtue of the laws of the game required to be a smaller, heavier, ‘low bounce’ version of 11-a-side ball

Head height – There are no restrictions (apart form the ceiling of the sports hall!) as to how high the ball can be kicked in Futsal

Rotating substitutions – Up to 12 players can be used in one match and there is no limit on how long a player must stay on or off the pitch. Players must enter and leave the field of play via the ‘substitution zone’ that is marked on the pitch in front of the team’s benches

Kick-ins – In order to restart the game after a ball has gone out of play the ball is kicked back into play from the touchline and from corners. The ball must be placed stationary on the touchline and the feet of the player taking the kick-in must not cross the line

The 4-second rule – For kick-ins, free kicks, goal clearances, and corner kicks the player in possession of the ball has 4 seconds to restart play which the referee will count with their fingers in the air. If play isn’t restarted within four seconds an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team. The goalkeeper is not allowed to control the ball for more than 4 seconds in his own half

The 5m rule – Players are required to keep 5m from the player in possession of the ball on free kicks, corners, goal clearances, kick-ins and penalties

Goalkeepers – Goalkeepers are allowed to come out of and players are allowed to go into the penalty area. A goal clearance must be thrown out and the goalkeeper cannot touch the ball again until it has crossed into the opponents half or a member of the opposition has touched the ball

Accumulated fouls – Each team will be allowed to give away 5 direct free-kicks in each half, then on the sixth foul a direct kick is awarded to the opposing team and the defending team is not allowed to position any players (other than the goalkeeper) between the ball and the goal. The kick may be taken from the 10m mark or, if the foul was committed closer to the goal than the 10m mark, then the kick may be taken from the position where the foul took place

Real-time – A Futsal match consists of two twenty-minute halves that are played realtime which means the clock stops whenever the ball goes out of play

Time outs – Each team is allowed a one time out in each half lasting 60 seconds

Sliding Tackles – Sliding tackles are not allowed in Futsal but players ARE allowed to slide on the court, for example, to stop the ball from going out of play. For a player sliding to be considered an offense, the tackler’s opponent must have possession of the ball. Referees will not give a foul for a slide if the opponent does not have possession of the ball

Red Cards – If a player is sent off then the team to which the player belongs must remain with 4 players until either two minutes have passed, or the opposition have scored a goal

Soccer RulesFutsal Rules
#5 Ball# 4 Ball—30% less bounce
11 Players5 Players
3 SubstitutionsUnlimited "Flying" Sub (12 Players on Team)
Running ClockStopped Clock
45 minute halves20 minute halves
No Time-outs1 Time-out Per Half
Some ContactNo Shoulder Charges or sliding Tackles
Goal KickGoal Clearance (Goalkeeper throw)
4-second rule on restarts
Offside RuleNo Offside Rule
GK have no restrictions, But Limited to 4 Seconds
Unlimited Fouling5 Foul Limit - No Wall for Direct Free Kick after 5th Foul
GK Cannot touch by hand a ball kicked backGK cannot touch by hand any ball played back
One back pass to allowed to GK (i.e. after
ball has crossed halfway-line or been
touched by an opponent)
No sub for player sent offPlayer sent off can be substituted for after
2 minutes or other has scored
Corner kick placed in archCorner kick placed on corner


Reasons to Play Futsal


  1. Ball Control – With limited space, an out of bounds and constant opponent pressure, improved ball control skills are required.
  2. Speed of Play – With limited space, constant opponent pressure and a 4 second restart rule players learn to play fast to survive. Allows players numerous opportunities to frequently touch the one “toy” on the field, namely, the ball.
  3. GOALS!! – Presents many opportunities to score goals and score goals often.
  4. Fast Pace – Encourages regaining possession of the ball as a productive, fun and rewarding part of the game (defending).
  5. No Hiding – Maximizes active participation and minimizes inactivity and boredom.
  6. Simple Format – Eliminates complicated rules such as offsides that may hinder youngsters from “playing” and learning.
  7. Skills in Tight Spaces – A small field with lines puts players constantly under pressure from other players and out-of-play boundaries.
  8. Athletic Development – accelerated development of motor and coordination skills among children.
  9. “Soccer Brain” – Accelerated acquisition of positional sense, and rapid decision making.
  10. FUN!! – Players enjoy the challenge of playing a fast paced skill oriented game that test their abilities.

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