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Established in 1997, Futsal Sudbury was Northern Ontario's only sanctioned FIFA Futsal league. Futsal is played with a smaller ball, 5v5 on a small court.  No more 'bouncing ball over the gym', its intentionally deadened to allow players of all ages and skill sets to participate.

Futsal was first introduced in South American countries such as Uruguay and Brazil in the 1930s. It is a game played between two teams played on hard court surface similar to football. In recent years the sport has rapidly grown in reputation, it is a known fact that footballing icons Pele, Messi, and Ronaldo played futsal on the streets.

Ours is a friendly league but with a high level of competition. Learn or develop your game in ways you just can't with regular soccer. Then take those skills learned in the cold winter months and move them outdoors.  We guarantee you will see the difference in yourself and your child.

Futsal is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper; in addition each team may have a number of substitutes. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the field is delimited by lines, and not nets or boards which the ball may be played off. The ball used tends to be slightly heavier and smaller (size 3+) than football, and thus promotes better ball control skills as well as passes on the ground. Furthermore, the smaller play area forces players to improve their skills and decision making. 

A Brief History of Futsal

The development of futsal is traced back to 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the same year the inaugural World Cup was held in the country. The credit for this is given to Juan Carlos Ceriani who wanted a version of football to be played at YMCAs both indoors and outdoors. Credit is also sometimes given to a similar form of football being developed in São Paulo, Brazil, and it was invented on basketball courts . These forms of football were quickly adopted around South America, and many of the continent's greatest stars played futsal before migrating to full-size association football. The first common rules were reportedly published in São Paulo in 1936.

A governing body was created in 1971 to administer the game and its championships; this was the International Indoor Football Fedreration (FIFUSA, from the initials in both Portuguese and Spanish), which later became the Worldwide Futsal Association (AMF). FIFA took over control of the game in 1989 and continued the tournament in its name. New rules and amendments to previous rules were created by FIFA at this point. One of the most remarkable changes was the reduction of the ball weight and increase in ball size (from a size 2 to 4), which made possible faster play and, for the first time, scoring goals with the head (though this is still difficult and uncommon).


PARENTS AND ATHLETES

Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Sudbury District Sports Club experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

New to SportsEngine?

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.

STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM

Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


ESSENTIAL PARENT HOW-TO'S

Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules and communication? This list of articles will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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