Soccer, referred to as football in many parts of the world, is the most popular team sport on the globe. Due to its popularity, several variants of the game have been created, including beach soccer, indoor soccer, and futsal. Futsal is a variant of soccer that's played on a hard surface and typically indoors. While a variant of soccer, it has its own set of unique rules governing the game. In America, futsal is often played on basketball, volleyball or tennis courts.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Painter's tape
- Paint brush
- 2 futsal goals
Find a suitable playing surface; it must be hard and compact. To minimise injuries, avoid playing games on concrete or asphalt. Wood or synthetic flooring like those used on basketball and volleyball courts are the most common playing surfaces for futsal.
Mark the corners of your playing field. Futsal, like soccer, is played on a rectangular court. Measure the goal line to be a distance of your choice between 15 and 25 meters. This is the acceptable range of goal line length as determined by futsal's governing body. Mark both ends with painter's tape. Next, measure the sidelines, beginning at one of the two points you have just measured. Measure a distance of your choice between 25 and 42 meters, and mark this length with masking tape. Repeat with your remaining goal line. This creates four points of a rectangle measuring 15 to 25 meters in width by 25 to 42 meters in length.
Create end lines. Connect the four points with 2 lines of painter's tape 8 centimetres apart to create the four end lines of a futsal court. Lay down the tape carefully to ensure it lays flat across your playing surface. Measure the halfway point of each of the two sidelines; this is where you will place the halfway line. Connect each halfway point of your sidelines with two straight lines of masking tape 8 centimetres apart. Paint the spaces between your painters tape lines to form the boundaries of your futsal court. In the middle of your halfway line, paint a circle for the kick-off spot. Remove the painter's tape after it dries.
Measure your centre circle. Measure a circle with the radius 3 meters from the kick-off spot. Carefully mark this circle using two lines of painter's tape 8 centimetres apart. Paint the space in between the lines of painter's tape to create your centre circle. Remove the painter's tape after it dries.
Measure your penalty spots. From the centre of each goal line, measure a distance of 6 meters and 10 meters, marking both with a circle of paint. These will serve as penalty spots for infractions. Notice that all penalty spots, as well as the kick-off spot, should appear to be in a straight line when viewed from a distance.
Create penalty areas. These are the semicircles in which goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands. From the centre of each goal line, measure a circle with a radius of 6 meters. Mark with lines of painter's tape 8 centimetres apart of the half of the circle that appears within the playing boundaries. Note that each semicircle should pass through the first penalty spot. Paint the space in between the painter's tape to create your penalty areas. Remove the painter's tape after it dries.
Set up futsal goals. The centre of each goal should be directly in front of the penalty spots; use a tape measure to ensure this. Make sure your goals are 3 meters wide with a height of 2 meters.
Creating a Futsal Court
Tips and warnings
- Measure your dimensions more than once to ensure accuracy.
- Proper goals and playing field dimensions are most important. It's possible to have an enjoyable game of futsal without the hassle of creating a centre circle or penalty area.
- Always ensure your paint has completely dried before removing painters tape.
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