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Futsal fever around the world

Friday, April 25, 2008

Futsal is an indoor version of regular football.

Its name is derived from the Spanish or Portuguese word Futbol or Futebol, and the French or Spanish word Salon or Sala, which can be translated as indoor football.

The game is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper, also with a smaller and heavier ball than regular football, so the emphasis is more on improvisation, creativity and technique.

Some professional players , especially Brazilian players such as Ronaldinho, Robinho, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Pato and many more, started out playing Futsal to build their fundamental skills.

The legendary Pelé, Zico, Sócrates, Bebeto and other Brazilian superstars developed their skill playing Futsal.

The skill and technique developed in this game is visible in the Brazilians display outdoors on the regular football field.

In Brazil, the majority of children start out with Futsal rather than traditional football because it requires less space and many schools in Brazil do not have a field to play traditional football.

The first Futsal World Championship was held in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1982, with Brazil finishing in first place.

They retained the trophy at the second World Championship in 1985 in Spain, but lost on the third World Championship in 1988 in Australia to Paraguay.

Then FIFA took over direct sponsorship of the event in 1989 in Holland and 1992 in Hong Kong, which Brazil won both times.

The Third FIFA World Championship was held in 1996 in Spain and for the first time FIFA names it the FIFA Futsal World Championship.

The fourth FIFA Futsal World Championship was held in 2000 at Guatemala, and the fifth Futsal World Championship was held in Taipei in 2004.

Futsal fever is currently exploding around the world but it owes a great deal of success.

It has always been big in South America and has swept across Europe in recent years.

Now it has been Futsal everywhere in the streets and playgrounds of South America where the game was first created.

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