In our County we have thriving Futsal Leagues that provide this popular format for a variety of age groups.
A five-a-side game, Futsal is normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball that has a reduced bounce. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted.
Futsal, by it's nature, places a large emphasis on technical ability in situations of high pressure, and proves an excellent tool to develop techniques that can be translated into the 11-a-side game.
Players are constantly placed in situations where they must play whilst under pressure or in confined spaces; helping to develop a player's technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness.
Many of the top world class footballers like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development.