What is futsal?
Futsal is a football -based game, variation of minifootball played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It has similarities to five-a-side football and indoor soccer. Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted.
Why did Sporting Clube de Portugal switch to futsal?
Futsal was introduced in Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1985. In 1995, Sporting fans were forced to choose the modalities to keep in the club, due to financial problems, having chosen handball and futsal, leading to the closure of the basketball, hockey and volleyball sections (which returned in the meantime).
Who is the best futsal team in Portugal?
Sporting Clube de Portugal has a professional futsal team based in Lisbon, Portugal, since 4 March 1985, and plays in Portuguese Futsal First Division. They are the most decorated team in terms of domestic titles in the country, and are the current European champions, with their second title in three years.
What are the rules of futsal?
If a team with more players scores against a team with fewer players, another player can be added to the team with an inferior number of players. If the teams are equal when the goal is scored or if the team with fewer players scores, both teams remain with the same number of players. There is currently no official futsal ranking.
What is the Portugal national futsal team?
The Portugal national futsal team represents Portugal in international futsal competitions such as the FIFA Futsal World Cup and the European Championships and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation . Portugal has played in six FIFA Futsal World Cups.
Who are the best futsal players in the world?
The Portuguese men’s futsal team has won the award for best team by FutsalPlanet, with Sporting winning the award for best club in the world. The awards crowned Brazilian Ferrão, from FC Barcelona, as the best player, ahead of Pany Varela, from Sporting, in second place, and Merlin, also from Sporting, who was third.
How many times has England qualified for the Futsal World Cup?
Their national futsal team has qualified for a total of seven FIFA Futsal World Cups in the years 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2021, 2016, and 2020. Additionally, they have qualified for and appeared in UEFA European Futsal Championships every year since the team was formed.
Is Benfica the best futsal club in the world?
Benficas goalkeeper Ana Catarina received the award for best goalkeeper among womens futsal, with Janice Silva in third place for the award for best futsal player in the world. In the women’s game, Benfica was in second place in the vote for best club.