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Who invented futsal?

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By Doug Reed (@DougReedFutsal)

 

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In 1924 and 1928 Uruguay won gold for football at The Olympic Games and in 1930 they won and hosted the first-ever FIFA World Cup. So it is no surprise that football fever was sweeping the country at the time and children were inspired to play football whenever and wherever they could.

This was the case at the YMCA Club (now known as Club Juventus) in Montevideo, the capital city where all the World Cup games had been held. Instead of playing basketball or other indoor sports, the children chose to use the club’s gymnasium for informal games of football.

At that time The Director For The Children’s Department at the club was an Argentinian named Juan Carlos Ceriani. Witnessing these games of indoor football, he decided he needed to create a set of rules that everyone could follow.

Ceriani had recently completed his physical education studies at the International YMCA College (now called Springfield College) in Massachusetts, USA. This was the same institution where the inventors of basketball and volleyball had previously been students.

...created a new sport, relying heavily on the rules of basketball and other games for inspiration. Over a few years he developed a heavier ball that was suited to the hard indoor surface.

He followed in their footsteps and created a new sport, relying heavily on the rules of basketball and other games for inspiration. Over a few years, he developed a heavier ball that was suited to the hard indoor surface. In 1933 the rules were codified and sent to the YMCA headquarters in America. This would be the catalyst for the sport’s spread across the globe.

It would be renamed futsal, a combination of the words indoor football in Spanish, in the 1980s.

At 89 years old, Juan Carlos Ceriani died in Montevideo on 25 June 1996. His legacy, however, continues in the millions of people that enjoy the game of futsal around the world every day.

> A million-dollar question: Who invented futsal?

 

Juan Carlos Ceriani 1907-1996

 

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