A Brief 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”.
Pelé, 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.”
Ronaldinho, FIFA World Footballer of the year 2004, 2005.