Many people say futsal is a young, exciting and intensive sport. The attribute young is may be not that correct as Futsal date back nearly 100 years, but for sure it is exciting and intensive and can be played all year around.
Futsal’s growth across the world has been enormous. Let’s have a look on a few countries:
- Brazil declares that around 37 million people play Futsal regularly there, that is the population of Canada.
- In Iran there are 16 million registered Futsal players, 16 from a population of 77.45 million!
- then we have Japan with 3.5 million registered Futsal players and just over 40,000 registered referees.
- 20% of the Spanish population play Futsal, that’s 9 million and
- in Italy, there are 1.5 million registered Football players, yet there are 4.5 million registered Futsal players.
If we add these numbers up, that is 69.5 million in only 5 from the 122 associations under FIFA’s umbrella who are developing the sport across the world.
The game got so so popular that the owner of the National Basketball Association’s Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, has taken a principal ownership stake in the Professional Futsal League ans is betting on a boom for this sport.