Unfortunately, due to the convoluted manner in which the game is organised at the international level, Premier Futsal has found itself in conflict with the All Indian Football Federation which has asked its constituent federations to keep away from the tournament.

Futsal: A true game of skill

Futsal game

Despite being derived from football, futsal has a different grammar. It is played between teams of five players each with unlimited substitutions on a much smaller field. The surface is hard, and the ball is also smaller, not bouncing as much as a regular football. Because of this, futsal can be extremely exciting to watch as the players have to continuously improvise.

The biggest among them is Brazil’s Falcao who is widely recognised as the world’s best futsal player. He helped the Brazil team win two Futsal World Cups in 2008 and 2012. But it’s his incredible skills with the ball which make his fans go weak at the knees. Indian fans will get the opportunity to view it at close quarters, for Falcao will also be a part of Premier Futsal league.

playing Futsal

The condensed version of the game has helped some of its best to sharpen their skills in the bigger format. Barcelona’s Brazilian wonderkid Neymar has spoken in glowing terms about how playing futsal as a child helped him think quickly. “It’s a more dynamic game and today in Europe there’s not much space so you need to think quicker and futsal has helped me a lot with that,” he said.

Even the two arguably greatest players in the world at present owe their skills to this format. Lionel Messi started off playing futsal with Argentinian club Newell’s Old Boys. “As a little boy in Argentina, I played futsal on the streets and for my club. It was tremendous fun, and it really helped me become who I am today,” he said. And his Real Madrid and Portugal rival Cristiano Ronaldo agreed, arguing that the small playing area of futsal had helped him improve his close control.