I have seen a lot of hype, mainly among American parents and league promoters, claiming the intrinsic benefits of futsal. At times, this trend has drifted into the absurd - with respected journalists from newspapers like The Guardian pondering whether futsal can produce an American Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo. This has prompted me to publish the following list "5 Things More Important to Your Child's Soccer Development than Futsal".
Before your head explodes, I am not suggesting, by any means, that you shouldn't participate in futsal. I just think you should have realistic expectations about the benefits for your child.
Said plainly, futsal didn't create Messi, just like the blacktops of Rucker Park New York didn't create Dr. J and Wilt Chamberlin - Rucker Park was an outbirth of a broader culture of basketball within the inner cities of America. No reasonable person that knows anything about basketball would suggest that playing at Rucker Park will force you to make quicker decisions and play with greater speed - that sort of logic is reserved only for unsuspecting American soccer parents and is best served with a shovel.