On Sunday, May 20th at the Olympic Stadium in Rome…
Football or soccer (in Italian Calcio) is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players, and is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world. The object of the game is to score by manoeuvring the ball into the opposing goal. The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to use their hands or arms to propel the ball; the rest of the team usually use their feet to kick the ball into position, occasionally using their head to intercept a ball. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a penalty shootout, depending on the format of the competition.
Futsal ( or Calcetto) can be translated as ‘indoor football’. Futsal is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper, and up to seven substitutes per team. The game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball . The origin of Futsal can be traced back to Montevideo, Uruguay where in 1930 Juan Carlos Ceriani devised a five-a–side ball kicking game with adjusted size goals for youth competition in YMCAs.
The international governing body FIFUSA (Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón, International Futsal Federation) was created in 1971 to administer the game, and held its first futsal world championship in São Paulo in 1982. Due to an apparent dispute with FIFA over the administration of fútbol, FIFUSA coined the word fut-sal in 1985.
Some professional players start out with futsal to build fundamental skills. Brazilian players Ronaldinho, Robinho, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Juninho and many more started out playing futsal. In Brazil, the majority of children start out with Futsal rather than association football since it requires less space and many schools in the country do not have a field to play traditional association football. There are also some notable players like Falcão who continue to play futsal at the club level.
You can check your country’s Futsal World Ranking here.
Calciotto is a sport halfway between Calcetto (5 players against 5) and Calcio (11 against 11). This sport is gaining more and more sympathy and support; in 2005 the first official body, the Football League, was created which made the first regulations and organized the championships of Serie A and Serie B.
Being a sport like Calcio, it shares many of the rules. However it has its own regulations. The length of time (two, as in football) is 25 minutes.
So, if you are passionate about Football, or Soccer, or Calcio, you choose how to call it, just do not hesitate to visit me at an elegant and sports friendly YES Hotel in Rome, and we can chat and share opinions about the most spectacular sports game in the world!!!