FUTSAL IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING SPORTS IN THE WORLD. NOW YOU CAN PLAY IT WITH FAIRTRADE BALLS! BUY NOW
“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.”
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that originates from South America in the 1930s. 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, literally translated to mean ‘indoor football’. It is widely played across the world and the small sided football format that is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.
The Bala Sport Fairtrade Futsal range was developed in consultation with the Scottish Futsal League, and is the Official Match Ball of the League.
The game is played indoors on a marked court, with 3x2m goals, 5 players to each team and a size 4 ball heavier than the football equivalent with a reduced bounce. The ball plays a major part of futsal and it’s therefore key that the specifications are met. At Bala Sport we have developed three Fairtrade futsal balls, the Match ball, a training ball and a lower cost ball. The match ball is the official match ball of the Scottish Futsal League and has been developed in partnership with the organization by its elite level coaches. This places our balls in a unique position as they have been designed by the experts for the experts with all of our usual Fairtrade quality assurance.
“The futsal ball is part of what makes futsal stand-alone from football. The smaller size 4 low bounce ball allows players to develop their touch and confidence so it’s key that we, as partner for the body developing the sport in Scotland, have access to a top quality product.
“As the game is played indoors the ball has to withstand the demands of a sports hall so durability is essential. Equally, players need to like the ball and we’ve had great feedback from everyone so it’s fair to say that we’re delighted the two organisations have come together to produce this match ball. The Bala Sport Fairtrade match ball meets and exceeds our exceptions.”
Martin Myers, SFL Glasgow League Secretary.
Futsal is popular among universities across the UK and the University of Edinburgh Futsal Club is a leading light when it comes to the sport and it’s desire to play the game fairly with Fairtrade balls.
“We use Bala balls in both training sessions and match days. They are high quality and also Fairtrade which was a major factor for the University to choose this product. The 1st team play all BUCS Premier North home matches with Bala SFL match balls against the top University futsal teams in Britain.”
Paul McLaughlin, Club Secretary, University of Edinburgh Futsal Club
“We’re ecstatic with the balls and the players are too. We used specifically designed futsal balls because they’re more inclusive for the players, and they enable us to teach our lessons in a better way, our lessons are integrated social skills and soft skills through football so it’s all about control and awareness and that’s a lot easier when you’re using a futsal ball. But the quality of them as well, they played fantastically.”
Gareth Parker, Head of Centrepoint Sport and Chair of The Street Football Association.
As well as developing balls with the Scottish Futsal League, Bala Sport has also worked with Centrepoint and the Street Football Association on a special futsal ball for their projects with homeless men and women. This ball was used in the European Street Football Festival Tournament in Manchester in 2016.
Pro freestyle footballer David Mennie loves his futsal sessions on a Tuesday night, and he loves the idea of Fairtrade balls. Check out this short video clip.
Find out more about futsal in England here.