The Hornets and Futsal go together like butter and toast. Hornets were one of the first clubs in Worcester to embrace Futsal and have a specialised coaching session on it. They were also runners up in the first Worcester Futsal league, where Hornets goalkeeper, Neil Brazier, was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy thanks to his numerous important and impressive saves.
Their second season didn’t go so well but they embraced the opportunity to play a fantastic variation on the sport of football. Since then however, the lack of Futsal in Worcester has been disappointing. The Worcestershire FA ran some ‘Get Into Futsal’ coaching sessions but any participation in the game has been confined to Evesham and Birmingham.
Hornets Football Club are looking to change that with a Summer Futsal Academy for kids. More details on that are coming soon but if you’re interested, get in touch with us on Twitter by tweeting @hornetsfc or emailing us at
But what is Futsal? Whilst we could explain, we’ll let The Football Association give the details.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world and 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 competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.
Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal. But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi, Fabregas amongst many others have played Futsal to develop their skills.
“Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing….also for dribbling, balance, concentration…. Futsal was very, very important, no doubt.”
Pele, World Cup Winner: 1958, 1962 & 1970
“Perhaps in regular football you cannot appreciate the talent. Everything is more physical. But in Futsal you have small details of quality, class and tactical aspects.”
Xavi FIFA World Cup and UEFA Champions League Winner
Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted.
There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.
The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces
“Futsal….it makes you more composed on the ball and makes you want the ball more, so you can do something with it.”
Micah Richards England International
“Futsal is an extremely important way for kids to develop their skills and understanding of the game. My touch and my dribbling have come from playing Futsal”.
Ronaldinho FIFA World Footballer of the Year 2004 + 2005