Last updated : Monday, 04 December 2023

What is Five A Side Football?

Five a side football, also known as futsal, is a variation of association football played by five players per side on a smaller pitch. It is a fast-paced and exciting game that is growing in popularity worldwide.

The game is played on a hard, flat surface, such as a basketball court or indoor soccer field. The goals are smaller than those used in association football, and the rules are slightly different. For example, there are no throw-ins, and players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands.

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Five a side football is a great way to get exercise and have fun. It is also a good way to improve your skills and techniques. If you are looking for a new and exciting way to play football, then five a side is definitely worth trying.

History of Five A Side Football

Five a side football originated in South America in the 1930s. It was originally played in gymnasiums and on hard courts, and was seen as a way to keep fit during the winter months.

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The game became more popular in the 1970s, and the first five a side football league was formed in England in 1983. The sport has since grown in popularity all over the world, and there are now leagues in over 100 countries.

In 1989, the International Futsal Association (IFA) was formed to govern the sport. The IFA organizes a number of international tournaments, including the Futsal World Cup.

Rules of Five A Side Football

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The rules of five a side football are similar to those of association football, but there are some key differences. Here are some of the most important rules:

  • The game is played on a smaller pitch, measuring 20 meters by 40 meters.
  • The goals are smaller, measuring 3 meters by 2 meters.
  • There are no throw-ins.
  • Players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands.
  • The game is played for two halves of 20 minutes each.


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