After playing and coaching futsal for years at various levels I can personally testify that the proper training equipment is critical. A futsal player goes through many phases of development as they grow and the training needs change significantly.
As a coach of a highly competitive independent club I’ve had to learn to find my own training equipment and research products myself. Whether it’s your soccer socks or your re-bounder, it’s worth investing a little bit more to buy a quality product.
Soccer training equipment is generally purchased by three main groups: coaches, parents, and/or individuals.
- Coaches – If you are a coach you no doubt have had to research and determine what training products to purchase to form your own futsal coaching “ecosystem.” I’ve known some coaches that love to use elaborate magnetic boards at half time and others that want to draw “in the dirt.”
- Parents – I can’t tell you how many parents I’ve run into that have never been around soccer and have no idea what to buy for their kids. Heck, they don’t even know what shin guards are and whether they go inside or outside the socks!
The bottom line is that regardless of whether you are a coach, parent, an individual or any combination of the above you will need to have solid training equipment to get the most out of futsal soccer training.
Futsal Equipment for Players
On this site I’ll try to break down different categories of training equipment. At the most basic level a person needs to be dressed properly for training. Which means you need the below items to lay a personal foundation for readiness:
Shoes (or “boots” as some call them)
Futsal shoes are especially designed for the sport of futsal and are made for indoor soccer on hard surfaces. Click here for more information on futsal indoor soccer shoes.
In the heat of the game, having good shin guards is very important. They need to be strong but light weight and durable. Click here for more information on shin guards.
Futsal socks typically will come up to just below the knee. They help protect the legs and also can be quite colorful. Click here for more information on soccer socks.
Futsal shorts come in many styles and colors also. They are designed for comfort and durability. Click here for more information on soccer shorts.
Shirts (or “jerseys”)
Futsal jerseys come in many styles and colors. Some styles date back to the early days of soccer and some have a more modern look. Click here for more information on futsal jerseys.
After that we’ll move into futsal training equipment like:
If you or your child is just starting out in futsal, you probably won’t want to overspend on a futsal ball, but it’s also important to have one that makes the most of your play. The official size for futsal balls is a #4 for players over the age of 12. If you’re buying a ball for your child, buy a size 3 for children aged 8-12, and a size 2 for children under 8 years of age. Learn more about how to choose a futsal soccer ball to help you develop your skills quickly.
You can’t have a game of futsal without a goal. There are many types of soccer goals. Some are permanent and some can be quickly set up. Click here for more information on the types of futsal goals available and how to build a soccer goal.
- Bags, etc.
Overall, I hope to cover several helpful areas and hopefully grow this blog to be a very helpful place for people to learn from a few of the things I’ve learned from over the years!!