Futsal is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. In addition, each team may have a number (according to venue rules) of substitutes. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the court is delineated by lines, and not walls or boards that players can use to rebound the ball. Futsal is played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a football.
Futsal is an indoor version of association football. Its name is derived from the Portuguese futebol de salão and the Spanish fútbol sala/de salón, which can be translated as 'indoor football'.
The emphasis is on improvisation, creativity and technique. The game is fast and furious, and a great fitness and skill builder. It is suitable for men and women, juniors and youth.
After many years with little involvement in futsal, NZ Football have since late 2009 become actively involved in the development and administration of the game across the country. They have a full time staff member dedicated to Futsal and various other support staff involved as part of their broader roles in football.
East City Futsal (and therefore all its registered and paid up players) is affiliated to NZ Football FUTSAL.