Have you ever heard of futbolear? If not, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Futbolear is one of the fastest growing sports in the world but still relatively unknown. As the name suggests, it’s a mashup of football (or soccer for us North Americans) and handball. The basic idea is simple: two teams of five players each compete on a field about the size of a basketball court. Players can kick, head, or throw the ball to teammates, but they can only touch it once before passing. Teams score by getting the ball into their opponent’s net, which is suspended about six feet in the air at each end of the field.
What Is Futbolear? An Overview of This New Sport
Futbolear is a fast-growing sport that combines futsal, a variant of association football played on a hard court smaller than a football pitch, with handball. Two teams of five players each try to score goals by kicking the ball into the opponent’s goal or net.
The playing field is a rectangle with rounded corners, slightly larger than a basketball court. Teams can score by kicking the ball off the rounded walls, ground, or ceiling and into the goal. Players use their hands, arms, head, and entire body to control and advance the ball – except for their arms. No carrying or touching the ball with arms or hands is allowed.
- Players can kick, dribble, header, chest, knee, and basically do whatever they want to move the ball, as long as they don’t use their hands.
- Games have two 20 minute halves with a halftime break.
- Substitutions are unlimited and can be done at any time.
- Offside rules do not apply. Defenders can’t be offside.
- Most fouls result in an indirect free kick. Intentional fouls or rough play can draw yellow or red cards.
If you like the fast pace and excitement of futsal combined with the creativity of handball, you’ll probably enjoy futbolear. Give it a try – you might just find your new favorite sport! With basic skills and an adventurous attitude, you’ll be keeping up with the pros in no time.
How to Play Futbolear: Rules and Equipment
So, you want to play futbolear? Great! This fun backyard game only requires a few pieces of equipment and the basic rules are easy to pick up.
To get started, you’ll need a plastic bottle, preferably a 2-liter bottle filled about 1/3 of the way with water or sand to weigh it down. You’ll also want a playground ball, ideally a size 3 or 4. Finally, grab some outdoor chalk or cones to mark off your playing area.
How to Play
- Mark off a rectangular playing area, roughly 10 to 15 feet wide and 15 to 20 feet long. Divide the area into thirds both horizontally and vertically to make a grid of 9 sections.
- Each of 2 teams has 3 to 5 players. Position one player in each of the 9 sections on your side of the playing area.
- Place the weighted bottle in the exact center of the playing area. This is your goal!
- Teams take turns trying to kick the ball into the opposite goal. Players can only kick the ball while it’s in their section. They must stay in their section at all times.
- The first team to kick the ball into the goal 3 times wins! If the ball goes out of bounds, the other team gets possession.
With some practice, you’ll be futbolearing with the best of them. Get outside, round up some friends or family members, and have a blast with this fun new game! Let the kicking and defending begin.
Where You Can Play Futbolear Competitively and Recreationally
Futbolear is played both competitively and for fun around the world. If you want to join a recreational league or compete in tournaments, here are some options:
Competitive futbolear is regulated by the World Futbolear Association (WFA), which sanctions official competitions and events. The WFA World Cup is held every 4 years, where national teams compete to be crowned world champions. Many countries also have their own futbolear federations and leagues.
For recreational play, check with local sports centers, community centers, and parks and recreation departments. Many offer futbolear leagues or drop-in games for adults and youth. You can also search online for “futbolear” along with your city name to find local groups and meetups. Some may play casually at local schools, churches or other public spaces. Don’t be afraid to start your own group if there isn’t an established one in your area.
Backyard futbolear is also popular, where people set up nets and play casual games with friends and family in their own yard or outdoor space. All you need is a ball, a net, and a group of people. Consider hosting a futbolear tournament or round-robin event in your neighborhood.
The great thing about futbolear is that you can play at any level. Whether you want to compete in high-level tournaments, join a local rec league, or just kick the ball around with friends, there are many ways to get into the game. Futbolear really is for everyone.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about futbolear. Whether you’re looking for a fun new hobby or wanting to get into shape, futbolear could be for you. All you need is a ball, some friends, and the desire to have a blast. Give it a shot – you’ll be scoring goals and building teamwork in no time. Who knows, you might even discover you have a knack for it and want to join a local league. The best part is, you really have nothing to lose by trying. Futbolear brings people together through the joy of play, and you’ll never know how much fun you can have until you get out there and give it your best kick! So grab your ball and get to it. Your new favorite game is waiting for you.