Sheffield FC Futsal is a club affiliated with Sheffield FC and as such is part of a proud footballing history. Sheffield FC is the oldest association football club formed as it was in 1857.
As well as this link to proud footballing heritage, Sheffield FC Futsal has an impressive recent history of its own. First competiting in the Northern Futsal League in 2010, Sheffield FC Futsal won the title and then succeeded in defending this title the following season.
Sheffield FC Futsal had been, and remains an integral part of the vanguard of the burgeoning sport of Futsal.
Futsal is widely played across the world, and is the small sided football format that is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.
Futsal began in Uruguay and Brazil where the large crowded cities and a shortage of playing pitches forced a football mad populace to play small sided football and in 1936 the first rules emerged. Futsal was the name chosen by FIFA, which is simply a combination of the Spanish words for ‘hall’ (Sala) and ‘football’ (Futbol): hence ‘Futsal’.
Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaká, Neymar and Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends who all played and enjoyed Futsal.
But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars. On the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi and Fabregas, amongst many others, have played Futsal to develop their skills.