Wednesday 1st February 2023

Getting To Know Futsal

Want to know more about Futsal before joining a society? Here’s a quick overview of the sport and what SSS has to offer.

In recent years, Futsal has become one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Futsal blends the competitive aspect of Association Football with the skills and flair famously found in Street Football. Originating in South America, Futsal is predominantly played indoors with two teams made up of five players each. There are no limits on the number of substitutions a team is allowed and the game consists of two 20-minute halves. Much like its association counterpart, you must score more goals than your opponent to win a game.

Futsal is a fairly new sport in Scotland with it first being played in 1930s Uruguay with the first FIFA Futsal World Cup being played in 1989. Brazil has won the competition the most out of any country (five times) with Portugal being the current world champion. No team from the United Kingdom has played at a Futsal World Cup and Scotland did not have an official national squad until 2014.

The league system in Scotland is split into different regional leagues with the Super League being the highest tier in Scotland. Eight university teams play in the regional league system. These are:

The University of Aberdeen & Robert Gordon University (SFL Aberdeen)

University of Dundee, St. Andrews Uni 1 & 2 (SFL Dundee)

University of Edinburgh A & B, University of Stirling (SFL Edinburgh)

These universities also play in the Futsal League Cup, the national cup for Scotland. With more attention and funding being put into the sport in Scotland, Futsal is a perfect sport for those that seek competitive action and for those who like Association Football but would prefer to play on a smaller scale.

Every year, Scottish Student Sport run the Futsal Tournament, where student teams from across Scotland are invited to take part. This year, the tournament will take place on February 18th at the University of Stirling. If you wish to take part, or want more information, click the link here:

If you wish to take part in Futsal, here is a list of Universities which currently offer clubs/societies:

City of Glasgow College:

Edinburgh College:

Edinburgh Napier University:

Heriot-Watt University:

Robert Gordon University:

University of Aberdeen: Contact

University of Dundee:

University of Edinburgh:

University of St. Andrews:

University of Stirling:

University of Strathclyde:



Sports Chair: Colin Harley –

Governing Body: Scottish Football Association –

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