How did Ronaldo and Messi get so good? By playing futsal
Jamie Barnwell is Hull's Get Into Football officer ...
HAVE you ever wondered how many of the world's best footballers became so good?
One of the answers to that question can be found in futsal.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced format of small-sided football that originated in South America in the 1930s.
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It is widely played across the world and is the small-sided football format that is officially recognised 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 skills that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.
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".
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi, arguably the world's three best footballers, all developed their skills using futsal.
Lionel Messi said of the game: "As a little boy in Argentina, I played futsal on the streets and for my club. It was tremendous fun, and it really helped me become who I am today."
And Cristiano Ronaldo has said: "During my childhood in Portugal, all we played was futsal, the small playing area helped me improve my close control, and whenever I played futsal I felt free. If it wasn't for futsal, I wouldn't be the player I am today."
Although the game is still developing in this country, Hull already has a Charter Standard futsal team, which plays National League Futsal, the highest level in the country.
Opportunities to try the game at all ages are growing all the time in the city, whether it's social and recreational, leagues or coaching and training opportunities.
The East Riding County FA and Hull City Council are working together to provide the chances to get involved. Street Games Doostep clubs, Just Play and Mash Up are just some of the ways you can sample futsal.
If you are keen to take your skills to the next level and sample this faced-paced quickly developing version of the game, get in touch with me to find out what futsal activity is taking place near you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. uk