Futsal is the officially recognized by the world football governing body FIFA version of indoor soccer.

The name is derived from the Portuguese futebol de salão expression or the Spanish fútbol sala (, indoor soccer ' ) from. " Futsal " is the German language area currently (2013 ) is still relatively little known and is often equated with the term " indoor soccer "; but this is merely an umbrella term for any kind of football game in the hall, while Futsal is an official variant.

  • 5.1 The Austrian futsal competitions at a glance


The origin of Futsal located in South America. In 1930 it was the physical education teacher working in Uruguay Juan Carlos Ceriani, of the target sat down to develop an age-appropriate game form of football for children. Children of different ages and regardless of their individual technical skills should play together and have fun. Already in 1942 recommended the Futsal for school sports, the South American Sports Teachers' Association.

In 1952, in São Paulo, the first official institution, the league " Futebol de Salão " founded. In 1989 Futsal was recorded by FIFA as increased competition and as official international indoor soccer variant. In November 2012, the seventh Futsal World Championship was held in Thailand.

Widespread Futsal is primarily in South America, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe. Thus, in Spain there is a separate professional league with 16 teams, the División de Honor In European Futsal Association will be held a national champion trophy, the UEFA Futsal Cup since the 2001/ 02 season of UEFA. This has been won six times by the Spanish team, twice by Russian teams, and once each by a Belgian, Portuguese and Italian team.


Futsal is different from other types of indoor soccer mainly by the non-existent gang. The playing field is limited only by lines ( handball court ). It is generally played with 5 players on Handball Goals with a reduced jump ball, which has a circumference of at least 62 cm to a maximum of 64 cm (Football 68-70 cm). The ball has relatively little pressure ( 0.6 to 0.9 bar overpressure compared to 0.6 to 1.1 bar overpressure in the standard football size 5 ). In addition, there is the requirement that the ball futsal at a height of 2 m after the first impact not less than 50 cm and not bounce more than 65 cm must. The playing field measures at international competitions, 38-42 × 20-25 m.

May be replaced indefinitely and flying, the throw is replaced by taking the kick, the game time is two times 20 minutes. The penalty is carried out from six yards. Fouls are punishable restrictive. The slide tackle on the man is generally considered a foul. Here Futsal is not disembodied, as it is often mistakenly described. The body contact in the tackle is very similar to football. By sanctioning a direct free kick ( = accumulated foul ), the players hold back automatically. The team fouls are counted (similar to basketball), and it (the half- time) for each additional challenge is from the fifth team foul a direct free kick without a wall, which must be laid on the ten- meter point. After a red card the player in question may be replaced after two minutes by another. In addition, the Futsal stricter back-pass rule applies: The goalkeeper may only even touch the ball while checking only a maximum of four seconds ( this includes the shedding), then he is allowed to touch the ball again, if in the meantime had an opponent ball contact, or Goalkeeper is in the attacking half. The goalkeeper may be replaced like handball by another fielder. The back pass rule is but to continue to observe. Each team can once per half will receive a one-minute time if it is in the following game continued in possession.

Next futsal is different in the four -second rule from the classic indoor soccer. For dead-ball (as well as control of the ball by the goalkeeper with a hand or foot in in their own half of the field ) in each four-second execution are available. If the allowed time is exceeded, the ball moves to the opposing team. The time is displayed by the referee, who clearly counts to within four seconds, with a stretched arm upwards with your fingers.

International Championships (selection)

  • Futsal World Cup
  • European Futsal Championship
  • Futsal African Cup
  • Futsal Asia Championship
  • CONCACAF Futsal Championship ( Championship of North, Central America and the Caribbean)
  • Futsal Ozeanienmeisterschaft
  • Futsal Cup South America
  • Campeonato Sudamericano Femenino de Futsal - South America Women's Championship
  • Campeonato Sudamericano Sub-20 de Futsal - U20 South American Championship
  • Futsal World Cup - club teams
  • UEFA Futsal Cup - club teams
  • Torneo Sudamericano de Clubes de Futsal - South America Cup for club teams
  • AFC Futsal Club Championship - Asia Cup for club teams

Futsal in Germany

In the German-speaking countries, the sport is largely unknown, long time it was operated by the private sector. A first important futsal event in Germany was the Futcon - Springtime Cup, which was held three times from 2003 to 2005. Once the UFC Münster won, twice managed the 1st MSC Strandkaiser.de Krefeld.

( Unofficial ) German Championships

In April 2006, was held for the first time, the DFB Futsal Cup. First winner of the DFB Futsal Cup was the UFC Münster, the SVG Göttingen 07 defeated 3-1 on penalties. For the tournament there is no single qualification mode. In North Rhine -Westphalia, Hesse, Baden, Brandenburg, Berlin and Hamburg, the respective association champions are determined in Ligamodi that are eventually qualified for the DFB Futsal Cup. An official German Championship does not represent the DFB Futsal Cup is, however, even if he is considered by many as.

  • Göttingen 2006: UFC Münster
  • Heidenheim an der Brenz 2007: FV Eppelborn
  • Mülheim an der Ruhr 2008: UFC Münster
  • Mülheim an der Ruhr 2009: Futsal Panthers Köln
  • Cottbus 2010: SD Croatia Berlin
  • Nürburgring 2011: SD Croatia Berlin
  • Lübeck 2012: Hamburg Panthers Futsal
  • Hamburg 2013: Hamburg Panthers Futsal


An official team is not currently installed in Germany. The plans of the DFB provide that no later than 2016, a German national futsal to be launched. Each part of the DFB Futsal Cup played between 2010 and 2012 a national team under the name All-Stars against other DFB Futsal national teams. 2010 they lost 0-4 against Poland. , 2011, they lost against Croatia 1:11 and 2012 reached to a 4:4 draw against Denmark.

Select a country tournament

From 23 to 26 January 2014, the first Germany -wide Futsal national selection tournament in the sport Wedau (Duisburg) was aligned. For the first time presented all 21 football associations Futsal selection, making the tournament for the first time allowed a holistic overview of the German Futsal landscape. The winner was Hamburg, in Schleswig -Holstein, and Wurttemberg. 2015 is planned a new edition.

Futsal in Austria

In Austria, futsal is increasingly gaining prominence. In recent years, the Austrian champion was initially based on individual plays tournaments. Later, there were regional precipitations, also with a final tournament. Since the season 2006/2007, there are an Austrian futsal league, the Bundesliga Murexin. The Austrian master is entitled to participate in the qualification for the UEFA Futsal Cup. The Austrian Cup Winner ( tipp3 Futsal Cup) plays in the UEFA Cup Recopa. The reigning champion is Stella Rossa tipp3. In addition Championship and Cup, there is the Futsal Super Cup ( against champions cup winner ) and as the season finale Futsal League Cup (between champion, runner-up, cup winner and champion 2 OFB Futsal League ). However, currently only the championship an official competition of the OFB.

Austrian Bundesliga Futsal clubs in 2012/13:

The Austrian futsal competitions at a glance

  • From the 2006/07 Bundesliga Murexin was held as an official, nationwide competition and from the 2010/11 season under the auspices of the OFB.

Futsal in Switzerland

In Switzerland, an official championship was conducted in the 2006/07 season for the first time. Even though Futsal is more of a niche sport, it is becoming increasingly popular.