indoor soccer futsal will soon be a reality in the state as the Central
Government is all set to start its first futsal academy in the country in
Kodungallur, Thrissur. Though futsal, a variant of football played on smaller
pitches, mainly indoors, is popular in several countries, the game has not been
properly introduced in India.
part of promoting the game in the country, the Union Sports Ministry is set to
start the state’s first ‘futsal’ pitch and the country’s first dedicated
coaching centre on the Kunji Kuttan Thampuran College campus here, said T N
state-of-the art facility, which is under construction inside the Kunji Kuttan
Thampuran College campus, will be operational from next year, he said. The
Centre has earmarked Rs 1 crore for the construction the turf and other
infrastructure facilities on the campus. A synthetic turf, specially designed
to absorb shock, measuring 42 metres length and 18-22 metres width, will also
be set up as part of the project, he said. In addition, facilities like
floodlight, cage netting to separate pitches, changing rooms and refreshment
counters will be set up, he said.
is the only form of indoor soccer certified by the FIFA. The five-a-side soccer
game is played on a hard surfaced, basketball-sized court with a smaller,
heavier low-bounce ball. The duration of the game is 40 minutes with two halves
of 20 minutes each with touchline boundaries and without walls.
The goal post is also smaller than that used in normal football.
the term ‘futsal’ is unfamiliar to many people in the country, it will
certainly steal the show once it is introduced in a place like Kerala, where
people are crazy about football,” said I M Vijayan, former Indian football team
a popular game in western countries, has been gaining popularity for the past two
decades,” he said, adding that many international football players have started
playing the game as it helps in the speedy development of footballing
will become the next big recreational activity in the state as it can be played
with maximum number of five players, including the goalkeeper,” said Francis,
an avid football fan based in Thrissur.
point out that futsal is comparatively more interesting as players get to be in
contact with the ball more when compared to football. Various private schools
also can establish their futsal teams once it becomes popular here, they added.