FUTSAL

ABOUT THE GAME

Futsal is the five-aside version of football and the world's fastest growing indoor sport.  It's a small-sided game played with a smaller, low bounce ball and with the pitch dimension being between a netball court or 40m x 20m internatinal pitch.

Futsal combines fun, creativity, speed, technique, teamwork, and quick thinking. It is an all-inclusive, all-encompassing community game, with many opportunities to get involved as a player, coach, referee or administrator.​​​​​​​


GET INVOLVED IN FUTSAL

Whether you are just starting out or registering for another season, there's a place for you in futsal.​​​​​​​

Choose the age group below to find the current options to play.

This includes the traditional INDOOR compeitions (run all year round during the school terms) and our Summer 5's OUTDOOR compeitions (run during Term 1 & Term 4 at ENGLISH PARK).

HOW TO GET INVOLVED...

PLAYERS

Get a team of friends together, or register as an individual, and find a competition for your age group. 

Follow the links above or email Chris@mff.nz ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

COACHES

Want to kick start your futsal coaching or continue to grow your knowledge of the game...

Check out the Coach Education Calendar by following the link... Mainland Football - Coach Education Calendar or email Chris@mff.nz ​​​​​​​

REFEREES

Do you want to give back to the game while your still playing or after, keep fit, be rehimbursed for your refereeing and learn more about the game. With new multicourt facilities, you could referee before or after your own game. To find out more info on Futsal Refereeing, email Chris@mff.nz 

Check out the Refereeing Education Calendar by following the link... Mainland Football - Become a Referee

ON THE WORLD STAGE

With millions of players worldwide, futsal is a fantastic game in its own right, with professional leagues throughout Europe, South America and Asia and a FIFA Futsal World Cup every four years. The current world champions are Brazil. Futsal produces technically excellent players and as such is an invaluable tool for football development.

Futsal actively promotes:

  • individual ball skills, close control and dribbling,
  • creativity and improvisation,
  • maintenance of ball possession,
  • one-touch passing (along the ground)
  • accurate shooting, and
  • teamwork and off the ball movement.

World superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta, Messi and Neymar have all acknowledged the role futsal played in their football development. Futsal has its own superstars with Brazil’s ‘Falcão’, arguably the world’s greatest player and often referred to as ‘The Pele of Futsal’. He has won world player of the year 4 times and is among the most skilful players.

Mainland Football, along with NZ Football, are confident that with the support of all its affiliates and the ongoing support of FIFA and Oceania, futsal will grow in popularity in New Zealand. Currently there are several thousand players involved in futsal in this country and that number is expected to grow considerably under the NZF Futsal programme.