Why Play Small Sided Football/Futsal ?

FUTSAL develops skill in young players like no other game...

As a regular visitor to South America and a keen student of their coaching techniques, the late Johnny Warren believed their emphasis on FUTSAL was the key ingredient that placed the Brazilians at the top of the soccer world for skill.

He believed FUTSAL to be the best game in the world to develop skill in players..."all the amazing skills in senior players, all their wonderful feints & dribbles, come from having to play pressure games when they are young in an area restricted in space. If they can't dribble and find their own solution to limited space in FUTSAL they simply don't survive as a player!"

Juninho (of Sydney FC fame) - "Five-a-side gives you more skills. You have to think quickly & have good technique because it is in a short space...I started playing when I was six and stayed there till I was 13 and then went to 11-a-side." " In Brazil most players don't play 11-a-side football until they're 13...on a small pitch you need to have good control and move the ball around quickly. There isn't much space so you need to be skilful. That is why Brazil always produces players with so much skill."

The honour roll list of players who played FUTSAL as juniors is endless. These include Ronaldhino, Robinho, Ronaldo, Pele, Zico, etc.


In Europe, the countries that consistently achieve the highest honours in world soccer, play Small Sided Football.

Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands have all played SSF for decades.

Elite development clubs like AJAX and BARCELONA play up to 8 different types of small sided games to develop different skills in players.

Australia has joined the program.


Why is FUTSAL and SMALL SIDED FOOTBALL so good at developing skill in players?

Fewer players & a smaller pitch equals: 1) More touches, 2) More passes, 3) More goals, 4) More attack, 5) More defence, 6) Tactical or 'game' intelligence.

The world's top educators agree that Small Sided Games (SSG) are the best way for children to learn tactical or 'game' intelligence. Once the child understands how 1 player can beat another with skill, or 2 players can easily combine to beat 1 via passing and movement, they then move to 3 vs 2, 4 vs 3, 5 vs 4, etc. These are the building blocks that have developed the world's best players.

In any form of soccer the way to move the ball upfield into the shooting zone is by beating a player with skill or speed, or by adding an extra player with pass and movement. These are the skills that are developed in futsal. Unfortunately, these skills are rarely developed in junior full field soccer because of the size of the field.

Also, 11 vs 11 has little real meaning to children because on most occassions, where the ball is will only involve two or three players. The player on the ball is generally only playing a 1 vs 1 or 2 vs 2, 3 vs 2, 3 vs 3, 4 vs 4, 5 vs 4 game anyway.

  • Futsal/SSF is fast paced and demands involvement from all players. The game quickly exposes strengths & weaknesses in the individual and team that may go unnoticed on the full field. The smart player and/or coach can then take steps to rectify any deficiencies...
  • Futsal/SSF also uses a special ball. The futsal ball is smaller & heavier than normal, whereas the SSF ball is a lite ball that progresses in weight and size for each age group. Both allow for more touches of the ball, encourages quality of technique and makes close control easier...
  • To beat an opponent players must develop passing or dribbling moves to beat players, and rapid decision making...
  • Futsal/SSF does not encourage heavy tackling. Defence is conducted at a higher level - jockeying, interception, organisation, close marking, the ability to "steal" the ball...
  • When the physical aggression is turned down, players have to focus on developing real skill to beat opponents.
  • Futsal/SSF is a serious fitness workout. Players get very fit...
  • The small pitch forces players to look up all the time. It teaches vision...
  • Futsal/SSF teaches formation and tactical principles on a level that juniors understand. It teaches tactical principles that are easily understood...


Futsal and Small Sided Football are the only 5-a-side games endorsed by FIFA and the Football Federation of Australia. Indoor soccer is not, and is a regressive game.

Futsal/SSF does not reward inaccurate shooting or passing.

The SSF and futsal balls can only be played well with correct technique.


For any administration information please contact Moya Judd on 9547 0277 or moya@stgeorgefutsalclub.com.au. For all other information about the club or futsal, please contact Andrew Judd on 0414 338 396 or andrew@stgeorgefutsalclub.com.au.

The Club

St George Futsal Club is 15 years old and has around 700 registered players between the ages of 5 and adult. We are looking to increase our player numbers and ages and welcome enquiry. We currently play at Poulton Park Synthetic Fields, Connells Point on Saturday mornings and Monday afternoons/evenings.

The Field

This year we will play on synthetic turf. There will be ten courts available so parents can play at times that suit them. There is a good canteen and amenities block. The complex has a play area for young children. It is a beautiful park near the water at Connells Point.  We offer full canteen services including our famous bbq, and will offer good coffee.