Know your facts:
- Futsal has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 2019
- Unified Sports? Yes
- Estimated number of athletes participating: 213 athletes + 76 Unified partners
Futsal is the little brother of football, normally played indoors, but Special Olympics Futsal is played on grass. Controlling the ball well is the key to success on the small field. This fast and exciting sport is played all over the world.
Futsal differs from 11-on-11 soccer as follows:
- Each team has five players.
- The field is similar in size to a basketball court.
- The ball is smaller than in football and bounces less.
- There are an unlimited number of substitutions and two 20-minute halves. Each team has one timeout per half.
- Goalkeepers may not touch the ball with their hands when returning it, regardless of what part of their body they used.
We have three competitions:
- Team Competition - Women
- Team Competition - Men
- Unified Sports Team Competition - Men
By the way:
Futsal originated in Uruguay in 1930.