Top 5 football tricks used in futsal

For all futsal fans, it’s not a secret that many futsal tricks were taken from big football, although there is plenty of parquet virtuosos, who are inventing their own tricks. In this article we want to introduce the top five tricks that are so famous that everyone will recognize them and we are sure that many of our readers use them in their game. Let’s quickly take a look at 5 most popular feints that look great both on the grass field and on the wooden surface and discuss their origins.

Click on the videos to view some of the most iconic moves in the game.

Elastico (aka flip-flap)

The elastico is so-named because of the crazy contortion skills required to execute it, but it’s one of the skill’s alternative names that paints the more vivid picture: the flip-flap. This dribbling skill involves the player prodding the ball one way with the outside of their boot, before quickly wrapping the same foot around the opposite side of the ball in a single fluid movement. For the first time this trick was demonstrated by Brazilian player Roberto Rivellino, who in 1975, with its help, beat several defenders and scored a goal. But like many other football tricks, Elastico became popular long after its initial performance. Perhaps the most famous practitioner of this move in recent years has been another Brazilian football legend – Ronaldinho. Now this move also became one of the most popular skills in the futsal, often used by famous Ricardinho.

Rainbow flick

Despite its name, the only colorful thing about the rainbow tends to be the opponent’s language as an attacking player executes it. This move is said to be invented by some top players as Jay-Jay Okocha or Neymar. In fact, it was first executed in 1968 by Brazilian football player Alexandre De Carvalho Kaneko.

The rainbow flick is a flashy move that is nowadays rarely used in big football, because of its relatively low success rate. But futsal players with high confidence and skill like to attempt this tricky move as is amazes the crowd, especially when it is carried out appropriately and with an effective end.

The “Rabona”

Exploring the popular football feints, we could not pass by famous “Rabona”.  This move was popularised by Italian Giovanni Roccotelli in the 1970s, but its first documented performance by Ricardo Infante was in a match way back in 1948.

Following the stars of big football, like Robinho and Ronaldinhho, this way of spectacular dribbling moved to the parquet floor. Now this fairly simple move is used in futsal both for faking out a defender and for scoring. We bring to your attention an example of Ricardinho’s Rabona performance and a small tutorial on how to do it.

The Cruyff Turn

1974 year. Netherlands face Sweden in the World Cup. The ball was played out to Johan Cruyff. Cruyff twists the defender on the edge of the penalty area, showing that he will do the pass, and cleverly removes the ball for himself and bursts it into the penalty. As a result, the goal was not scored, but this trick went down in history and is used to this day on all football grounds. Beautiful, effective and easy to perform. What else is needed for a good feint?

The Marseille Turn and its variations

The Marseille Turn is also known as the Roulette, 360, Double Drag, The Maradona, The Zidane, Full Circle, Pirouette, The Laudrup, Spin. So much different names, still the exact origin of this trick is unknown. The Marseille Turn was first popularized in Europe by French striker Yves Mariot in the 1970s. However, it has since been most famously used by the likes of Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane (who had slightly modified this move).

The main thing is that this a spin type turn can be played at high speed and allows you to avoid several opponents at the same time. The Marseille Turn is often applied in futsal, where the density of players is higher and such turn can help to get out of difficult situations.

And here is our video selection, where we tried to collect for you a variety of videos that could show not only spectacular futsal feints, but also show different team tactics, the proper development and completion of the attack and other tactical moments. We hope that you will find it interesting and useful.


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