Definition of futsal in US English:



  • A modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor, field.

    • ‘According to several different studies, futsal is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet, with about two million players, both men and women, officially registered.’
    • ‘For the first time in the history of the Pan-American games, futsal featured on the programme of events.’
    • ‘So why are premier league clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Aston Villa rumoured to be interested in the game of futsal and conceivably another league competition?’
    • ‘They had to beat some Hispanic kids from South America who grow up with futsal and play it at the grass-roots level.’
    • ‘They weren't a bad team I'll even dare say that they are better than most of the people I play futsal with back in KL.’
    • ‘We have a young squad which has succeeded in its aim of playing high-quality futsal.’
    • ‘If not for football or futsal, I probably drink about 2 litres of water a month.’
    • ‘The first world futsal tournament sanctioned by the International Football Federation was played in Holland in 1989.’
    • ‘That one will go down in history as it marked the coming of age of Spanish futsal.’
    • ‘No one doubts the immense popularity of futsal in Japan, but the extent to which the public will embrace it as a spectator sport remains to be seen.’
    • ‘Tom Levitt wants people to know how futsal could help England win Euro 2004.’
    • ‘With space at a premium in the tiny nation, futsal has flourished and Bahrain are steadily building up a high-quality national team.’
    • ‘Lozano himself graced the sport of futsal between 1982 and 1991, representing his country 40 times.’
    • ‘Javier Lozano's decision to step down as Spain coach marks the end of an era in Spanish futsal.’
    • ‘The sequence was the same when the incidence of injury was calculated per 1000 match hours, except in the case of futsal.’
    • ‘He said that the reason aside from the lack of space, the reason that futsal has gained popularity was because it required less people and less equipment.’
    • ‘The challenge for the clubs will be to convey the attractions of futsal and the power and excitement of a top class league to their local fan base.’
    • ‘The objective has been to include grassroots futsal within the popular summer programme.’
    • ‘Although futsal has been popular in many parts of Japan for some time, a fully-fledged national league has never been tried before.’
    • ‘It comes as no surprise then the number of national football associations embracing futsal is growing all the time.’


1980s: partly from Brazilian Portuguese, shortened from futebol du salão, and partly from Spanish, shortened from fútbol sala or fútbol de salón.