Football, with a history of over two centuries, first appeared on the programme of the Games of the II Olympiad, Paris 1900. It has been on the programme of each edition of the Games ever since, with the exception of Los Angeles 1932. In 1996, women’s football was introduced into the Olympic programme. And now, futsal is making its inaugural appearance at the Youth Olympic Games.

Futsal is the only "Official form of Indoor Soccer" approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA. It is a 5-a-side variant of association football mainly played indoor on a small, flat, smooth and non-abrasive surface. The first record of an organized 5-a-side brand of football dates back to 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The same year the pioneering football nation hosted the first FIFA World CupTM. Futsal is played on all continents, within over 150 countries and with millions of players worldwide.

200 Athletes (100 women and 100 men)

Women / Men / A total of ten (10) teams will participate in each of the men’s and women’s categories. Each team is comprised of ten (10) athletes; five (5) on the pitch and five (5) substitutes.



Each match shall last forty (40) minutes, comprising two periods of twenty (20) minutes of actual play with an interval of fifteen (15) minutes between periods.


There are an unlimited number of substitutions per team, no offside rule and each team may request one (1) time out per half.


The ball may be passed, tapped, rolled or dribbled in any direction using the feet, as well as kicked from the sideline in the case of a kick-in.


If a team commits more than five (5) fouls in one half, the subsequent accumulated fouls in that half result in penalty kicks from the second penalty mark.


Objective: score more goals than the opponent scores in order to win the match.

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