How to Pass the Ball in Futsal

Futsal is a very popular sport derived from soccer in our country. Futsal has a lot of fans as it is a fast sport where ball control and passing the ball are very important.

This sport is normally played on an indoor court, with similar rules to those of 11-a-side football but with minor differences:

  • The field is much smaller.
  • The game is played 5 against 5.
  • There is no fire outside.
  • The goals are much smaller.
  • The ball is much harder and more resistant than in football 11.
  • The goalkeeper has limitations, such as not touching the ball outside the area in his field for more than 8 seconds. Once he passes from there, he is considered a player goalkeeper and can only touch it outside his field.
  • The positions in the field are goalkeeper, closing (defender) midfielder (wingers or center) and pivot (forward).
  • The positions are not fixed, since the field is so small that anyone can change the positions.
  • Goals with the hand are invalid (throw-in, goal to goal with the hand).
  • The game lasts 20 minutes each part.
  • There are dead times like in basketball.

Thanks to these different rules, the game is a much faster game than soccer. For this reason, actions such as passing the ball are different from traditional soccer, requiring other types of skills.

For example, in futsal, explosive physique, short passing technique and speed above all are highly valued, since the field is very short and it is not necessary to make excessively long passes as in 11-a-side football.

Instructions for passing the ball in futsal

  1. Short pass in our field:
    The basic pass in futsal is the short pass in our field to one’s own teammate. It is a basic pass to start a play, made between the team’s own players. It is very simple to do since we are not usually under pressure from the rival and it is not complicated to do. They must be done with the inside of the foot, slowly and at the foot of the partner, to be able to do it without losing possession of the ball. You have to play slowly trying to advance little by little, to make plays between your teammates and combine with the other types of passes. If you have quality, you can make passes with the outside and even make walls (make a kind of forward pass to a teammate as if you were a wall in which the ball bounces, making your partner avoid an opponent in front of him).
  2. Long pass:
    The long pass in futsal is a long-distance pass, which can be both elevated and not elevated, but is usually made from your own field to the opponent’s field. This tactic is used a lot to be able to quickly pass the ball to a teammate in another open field. The teammate must be able to control the ball easily, otherwise the pass will escape. The pass is made either with the instep lifting the ball, or with the outside at the foot, but with more force. Doing it in a long pass or a short pass will depend on the situation, if there is a player in the middle, you should make a long pass. If there is no player in the middle, you can make it short so that the striker can control it better, something that is complicated when the pass is long.
  3. Pass to the hole:
    The pass to the hole is one of the best passes in futsal to be able to score goals. The through pass is somewhat complicated to do, however, you should try to do it every time your teammate can run and get away. The way to do it is to throw a pass to an area where he can run, anticipating the opponent. The normal through pass is low, so it is done with the inside of the foot (or outside if you have a high quality of ball control), trying to get your partner to arrive before an opponent anticipates. The risk of a through pass is that an opponent could anticipate it; therefore it is a pass that requires reading the movements of the partner and also a quick pass.
  4. Center:
    The futsal center is the same as that of soccer, that is, a player goes down the flank and when he is on the edge of the area, he makes a pass to a teammate who is in the area unmarked. The center can be a low center to finish off with the foot, a high center to score with a header and a medium center to control with the chest and shoot (for quality people). The center is made by a fast player who goes down the band, who has the speed to go down the band, staying alone. The player must make time until there is a player of his own in the rival area, to be able to pass the ball to him and try to score a goal. Crosses are also made on corner kicks, in which you can cross directly from the corner kick or pass it to a short player to cross.
  5. Elevated through Ball:
    The Elevated through Ball is a very effective high-quality pass for the game, in which a through ball is made, but by elevating the ball. This pass is so good because it is capable of outwitting the rivals that are in front of your partner, who at the same time passes into the hole so that he runs and distances himself from them. To make this pass you must have good quality with the ball, know how to lift it and above all, be in sync with your teammates. This is because if you are not synchronized, the opponent could anticipate your movements or that our partner does not run and the pass goes to the goalkeeper. This should be rehearsed with a partner and make some kind of gesture with your eyes so that you know when to do it.
  6. Death pass:
    The death pass is a pass that if you can make it, has a 50% chance of ending in a goal. The way to do it is with two or more players in the rival area, one of them unchecked. The first player has possession of the ball and entertains the defenders and the goalkeeper, while the second player is alone with an empty goal. When he sees a hole, he must pass the ball to the teammate who is in the empty goal, so that he can shoot at will and score a goal. This pass does not always come out because there may be a defender, or the goalkeeper may get ahead of the ball and catch it. There are also very skilled goalkeepers who manage to jump from post to post to stop the ball, something complicated but possible. Even so, as long as you cannot shoot and there is a teammate, you should try to do this resource, since if done well it has a 50% chance of scoring (less if the shooter is a one-armed man who does not score even at an empty goal).

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