When I first came across competitive futsal, what struck me the most was the urgency of play. The hounding defenses, rapid transitions, and lightening quick shots were tough to process. It all seemed a blur. In every second of every game there was the urgency to score or be scored upon. There was no down time. No chance to catch your breath. You had to be mentally and physically “on” from beginning to end. It was exhilarating and exhausting.
The best description of futsal’s nonstop back and forth comes from Mario Gonzalez of Legends Futsal. “It’s like soccer when the ball is in the penalty area. The urgency to score or defend takes the intensity to an entirely different level. Futsal is constantly played at this level.” I couldn’t agree more.