Futsal finale this weekend
In the past few years, hockey has been the fastest growing winter sport in Moffat County, but a different sport is fast on hockey’s heels.
Futsal, an indoor game played similar to soccer, has been in Craig during the winter for the past three years.
This year’s league finished last week after starting in December. The league was played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at Craig Middle School.
“We had 50 to 60 people almost every night,” league organizer Isidro Quezada Sr. said. “That was a really good turnout.”
There was enough interest that there will be four Craig teams at weekend’s futsal tournament in town.
Four out-of-town teams are expected for the 8 a.m. start at CMS.
Unlike traditional indoor or “wall” soccer, futsal is a miniature version of the outdoor game with a few minor modifications. Kick-ins replace throw-ins when the ball leaves the field of play, the goalkeepers are forced to reintroduce the ball into play within four seconds of making a save, slide-tackling is prohibited and the net is reduced to six-feet high and 10-feet wide. A soccer goal is 8-feet high and 24-feet wide.
Futsal is played with five-player teams and it uses a smaller, weighted version of a soccer ball. The typical soccer ball bounces around like a Ping-Pong ball when used inside.
Because of the smaller dimensions, (it’s played on a basketball court) the indoor game develops ball handling and quicker decision-making skills.
“You have to be in really good shape because of the quick pace,” Moffat County senior Schuyler Hammond said. “It’s fun to have a chance to keep playing through the winter.”
Three age groups compete against each other every night during the league. Hammond said the older group, ages 15 and older, was competitive.
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