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Ohio North Futsal

Ohio North Futsal was created to promote the game of futsal in northern Ohio and to share the value that the game of futsal has to offer in the development of youth soccer players. Otto Orf, Ohio North Futsal Director, is available to consult and to perform clinics, camps, educational courses, tournaments and other programming to all Ohio North members.

For more information or for questions regarding futsal opportunities in your community please contact Otto Orf at 330-329-5883 or

Ohio North Futsal Player Programs

Greater Akron Amateur Soccer Association (GAASA)
Register today for the new GAASA hosted Ohio North Futsal program for boys and girls ages 4-8.  The purpose of the 6-session program is to introduce new players to soccer in an age and developmentally appropriate method without the pressures sometimes associated with youth sports.

Program Details | Boys & Girls Ages 4-8
Dates: Fridays (March 16, 30, April 13, 20, 27, May 11)
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Goodyear Hall (1201 East Market St, Akron)
Fee: $80/player (includes Futsal ball and t-shirt)

Invite your friends and register today through the following link: 

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For questions or for more information, contact Otto Orf, Ohio North Futsal Director,

Ohio North Futsal Coaching Courses
No courses currently offered at this time. 

  • The course will consist of 6 hours, 3 classroom & 3 on court hours.
  • Participants will receive an Ohio North Futsal coaches polo.
  • Participants will receive a Futsal Factory futsal coaching board.
  • Participants will receive the Ohio North Futsal Level 4 coaches manual.
  • Participants will receive an Ohio North Futsal Level 4 Coaching Certificate.


What is Futsal?

Futsal started in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani Gravier, a teacher in Montevideo, Uruguay, created a version of indoor football for recreation in YMCAs. This new sport was originally developed for playing on basketball courts, and a rule book was published in September 1933.  His goal was to create a team game that could be played indoor or outdoor but that was similar to football, which became quite popular there after Uruguay won the 1930 World Cup and gold medals in the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics.

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world.  The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for soccer competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.

Futsal is a five-a-side game, played on a flat indoor court with 3 meter by 2 meter by 1 meter goals and a smaller, reduced bounce ball.  The use of this special ball keeps the ball on the court and at the feet of the players much more frequently promoting the ever important foot skills needed in soccer and futsal. Futsal is played to touchlines and a goal-line and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height.  International games are played with 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with 1 time-out permitted by each team in each half. Youth league games are usually played with a running clock using 20-25 minute halves.

There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skillful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of traditional five-a-side.

The surface, ball, and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity, and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.

Document Description Post Date
Defense - The Split Wall .PDF Document Feb 17, 2017
Futsal Bullet Points .PDF Document Feb 17, 2017
Futsal Defending .PDF Document Feb 17, 2017
Goalkeeping - The Split Save .PDF Document Feb 17, 2017
Positions of Futsal .PDF Document Feb 17, 2017
Receiving the Ball with the Sole .PDF Document Feb 17, 2017
Formation - The 3-1 .PDF Document Feb 17, 2017
Formation - The 1-2-1 .PDF Document Feb 17, 2017
Formation - The 2-2 .PDF Document Feb 17, 2017
Risk Management Guidelines .PDF Document Dec 03, 2014
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