Project mission – “To create a fit for purpose Futsal playing environment capable of hosting international Futsal events and that inspires the people of Carlisle and Cumbria to participate, spectate and volunteer in Futsal.”
Project Values: Openness, honesty, integrity, collaboration (working together), mutual dependancy (trusting one another) and innovation.
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, Kaka, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi and Fabregas, amongst many others, have played Futsal to develop their skills where the tight space and hard surface requires players to think and react faster than they would in football.
Futsal is not just a tool for Football. It is a beautiful sport in its own right with its own World and European Cups with professional leagues around the world. Carlisle Futsal Club the main service providing partner in this project compete in the National Futsal Series and hope to qualify for the UEFA Futsal Champions League.