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Futsal: The Fastest Growing Sport

After cricket, football, hockey, tennis, badminton and kabaddi, Futsal is going to be the latest sport to have a league time tournament of its own. Currently Futsal has been one of the fastest growing sport in the world and as well as in India.

Futsal may be new to many players but the enjoyable thing about this game is that these lessons are quickly learned and that players readily adjust themselves to the game’s demands. Futsal is played in a small ground or indoors, and is a high intensity, fast paced, dynamic, non-violent and enjoyable 5-a-side version of football that caters for both male and female participants, one of whom is the goalkeeper. It is a shorter variant of football, with two halves of 20 minutes each.  It is the only 5-a-side version of football officially recognised by FIFA, and is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Futsal is derived from the Spanish or Portuguese word for “soccer”– FUTbol or FUTebol, and the French or Spanish word for “indoor” — SALon or SALa. The first international competition took place in 1965, when Paraguay won the first South American Cup. During the sport’s second world championships held in Madrid in 1985, the Spanish name fútbol sala was used. Since then, all other names have been officially and internationally changed to futsal.

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