What is FUTSAL

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that originates from South America in the 1930s. It is widely played across the world, and is the small sided football format that is officially recognized by both UEFA and FIFA. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development. Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal. But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas amongst many others have played Futsal to develop their skills.

Futsal began in Uruguay and Brazil where the large crowded cities and a shortage of playing pitches forced a football mad populace to play small sided football and in 1936 the first rules emerged. 
Futsal was the name chosen by FIFA, which is simply a combination of the Spanish words for ‘hall’ (Sala) and ‘football’ (Futbol): hence ‘Futsal’.

Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor court with smaller sized goals and a size 4 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 (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted. 

GLOBAL ELITE FUTSAL Tucson is all about

Global Elite FC Futsal program
Global Elite FC Futsal program
Global Elite FC Futsal program
Global Elite FC Futsal program
Global Elite FC Futsal program
Global Elite FC Futsal program

Global Elite Futsal is sanctioned by U.S. Youth Futsal. A U.S. Soccer Affiliate.
U.S. Youth Futsal is the largest and fastest growing Youth Futsal Organization in the U.S.

We are the only "club" in the Tucson area that are allowed to have tournaments and leagues under U.S. Youth Futsal.

At Global Elite FUTSAL Tucson, we will

  • Set the players FIRST

  • Develop players with a high level of game intelligence

  • Teach and transfer the expert knowledge about the game from the coaches (teachers) to the player

  • To provide the players with exposure in tournaments on a national and over time, international level

  • To create an environment of optimism and encourage the players and coaches to reach their maximum potential

We are all about Passion, Control, Technique and Knowledge within the game. We are not like any other program in the area as we focus on DEVELOPMENT. Our main focus is the PLAYER, and he/she goes through a educational process, from Basic to Academy.

We have INTRO, BASIC, CORE  programs for players in all ages, from U5 to U19.

Confidence on the ball, receiving a pass under pressure, decision-making in 1v1 situations, and ball retention are all important fundamental skills that we look to develop in young players that are practiced regularly within a game environment in Futsal.

Research indicates that individual’s playing Futsal, receive the ball six times more often than they would do when they are playing 11-a-side football, allowing players to perform more individual techniques such as passes, controls, fakes, feints, dribbles and runs with the ball.

Training and playing Futsal WILL improve the players skill level, and each player in our program, will benefit from this, even in their 11vs11 game.

Although Futsal is very much a game in its own right, there are also a number of benefits for football by encouraging young people to play Futsal as part of a balanced training program to improve their overall technical development. The game of Futsal creates an environment that allows young players to simulate and develop many skills and proficiency that are transferable to the 11-a-side game.

The nature of Futsal with the smaller confines of the pitch that makes it harder to find space, the line markings that prevents easy escape from tight situations and the smaller heavier ball which supports  closer ball control and manipulation supports the technical development of young players in a multitude of ways. 


Touching the ball more often, players will often receive the ball under pressure from opponents developing their confidence on the ball particularly in pressurized environments.

Futsal as a game naturally brings players into regular one-on-one situations with their opponent, encouraging players into quick decision making as to how they overcome these scenarios; this could be through beating the opponent with a skill, or through clever passing to a team-mate.