There are a few key differences between futsal and mini-soccer, although they may look like similar sport. The style of the ball the players use is one of the most significant differences. The balls tend to be low-bouncing in futsal while you use the soccer field area to play soccer with the regular style soccer ball.
The walls the surround the court prevents any errant passes from leaving the field of play is the other significant difference between the two sports. The game resumes while the ball bounces back onto the court. The balls can leave the field of play in futsal.
You can make as many substitutions as you like in futsal. On the substitution bench, each of the teams is allowed to have up to 12 players. There are five players in each team playing at any given time, as you can only make a maximum of three substitutions as in regular soccer while playing futsal.
Pros of Futsal
- Better Ball Control
The players have to get used to dribbling without having any compensating effect of the ball bounce with the low-bouncing ball. This helps in the development of skills preventing the players from creating any bad habits, according to several coaches.
- No Wall Bouncing
The players should be avoiding making any errant passes as the ball can go out of play. The other teams get the ball when the ball goes out of play.
The chance for the younger players to get an increased individual time getting coaches is one of the most important benefits of using small-sided games. It is easier for the coaches to observe each of the individual players in detail and guide them to decrease their faulty areas and increase their skills when there is a fewer number of players in a smaller field than usual.