Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that originates from South America in the 1930s. It is widely played across the world, and is the small sided football format that is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game. 

Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted. 

There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.

Futsal Leagues within the County

@Futsal Swindon Arena operate Futsal leagues in the Swindon area at their purpose built indoor Futsal arena. With leagues being operated for age groups from Under 12s through to open age adult male and female leagues there is plenty of opportunity to become involved in the game. 

To view the existing Futsal leagues on offer at the @Swindon Futsal Arena please click here

FA National Youth Futsal Festivals

Wiltshire County FA deliver County qualifying events for the FA National Youth Futsal Festival national competition on a yearly basis offering the chance to local affiliated clubs and schools to test themselves against teams from across the UK.

Winners of the Local Qualifying events progress to represent Wiltshire at a Regional and potentially National level in the competition.

For further information on this competition please contact Tim.Hall@wiltshirefa.com or on 01793 486047

Guides to Futsal

The FA have produced the following guides to help assist with the delivery of Futsal:

FA Futsal Benefits Guidance Document

FA Futsal Getting Started Guidance Resource

FA Futsal Facilities Guidance Document

@Futsal Arena Swindon Benefits Initiatives

Wiltshire County FA and the @Futsal Arena Swindon have worked closely to produce initiatives for local FA Charter Standard Clubs and local businesses. The initiatives can be found below:

FA Charter Standard Club Bookings Initiative

Game On Package for FA Charter Standard Clubs Initiative 

Local Business Pitch Booking Initiative