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Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. It is played on a flat pitch with hockey sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock with one time-out per team per half permitted. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
- All the top clubs in the world (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, etc.) have their youth players playing futsal
- All the world’s greatest players grew up playing futsal and recognize the game as a major reason for their foot skills and ability to think quickly under pressure. Pele, Maradona, Messi, Kaka, Xavi, Ronaldo, Robinho, Ronaldinho, and Fabregas are just some of the players that grew up playing futsal
- The first Futsal World Championship was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1982, with Brazil finishing in first place
Days of competition: 10 days
Competition dates: 16–26 September (1 rest day after Group phase)
Medal events: 2
Competition venue: Ice Palace