Futsal is a fast-paced and exciting variation of indoor soccer played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor soccer, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines on the court like outdoor soccer; there are no walls or boards in use. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football due to the surface of the field. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. The name Futsal is South American in origin and comes from a combination of Spanish fútbol sala or fútbol de salón and from Portuguese Futebol de Salão, which can be translated as “indoor football”.
Futsal competition at the Arctic Winter Games is held in three age categories: Intermediate Female, Junior Male & Female, and Juvenile Male & Female, with each team having nine athletes and one coach.