Mini football

Indoor soccer or arena soccer, or six-a-side football in the United Kingdom, or minifootball in Europe is a game derived from association football adapted for play in an indoor arena such as a turf-covered ice hockey arena or skating rink. The term "indoor soccer" is so well known as a description of the different style of the game that it is even used to describe similar fields which are built outdoors. Indoor soccer is one of several distinct variants of the game of association football designed for play in indoor arenas. Indoor soccer is most popular in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with several amateur, collegiate and professional leagues functioning. It is also popular in Brazil, where it is called showbol. Other variants of indoor football, such as futsal and five-a-side football, are more popular outside North America. These variants have different rules and governing bodies from those of indoor soccer.

Indoor soccer is a common sport in the United States and especially Canada, with both amateur and professional leagues dedicated to it. This is because of the short season for outdoor soccer in Canada and the Northern United States, and the ubiquity of arenas built for ice hockey and basketball which can easily be converted to indoor soccer (for the same reasons indoor lacrosse is more popular in Canada, and field lacrosse in the United States). Indoor soccer has also become a popular sport in Mexico, being included as part of the Universiada (University National Games) and the CONADEIP (Private School Tournament), which match University school teams from all over Mexico. In Mexico, indoor soccer fields are most frequently built outdoors (though indoor courts are also used in some tournaments), and the sport is known as futbol rapido ("fast football"). Some Mexican teams participate in North American collegiate and professional leagues.

Indoor soccer is primarily played in North America, but is also played elsewhere. There is an international federation dedicated to promoting this sport: the Federacion Internacional de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA) based in Mexico. The federation held the first Indoor Soccer World Championship in 1997 in Mexico, which was won by the host country. To this day, the FIFRA organizes international tournaments with the participation of several countries. There is a European federation dedicated as the minifootball governing body: European Minifootball Federation (EMF)[4] EMF organize the European Minifootball Championship every year for national minifootball teams from 21 countries (England, Scotland, Wales, North Ireland, Romania, Greece, Czech Republic, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Israel, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Moldova, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Luxembourg). In Europe the minifootball means small sided football open only for amateur players. Minifootball is a sport which was born in the European continent in the middle of the previous century. Very quickly it spread and became popular around the world as 1) It is the most appropriate type of football for all amateur players who love football, 2) It is the ideal sport for children to become familiar with the features of football but also to develop their technique and tactical skills and 3) The infrastructure of minifootball does not require large spaces, which makes it the number one choice in large urban centers, where this type of spatial problems are common. Furthermore, in terms of infrastructure, minifootball fields are – in absolute numbers – by far the most numerous in comparison to any other sport across the globe.[citation needed] This impressive growth and development of minifootball led to the establishment through private initiatives of thousands of smaller or larger tournaments, which take place in each country from a very localized to a national level. Only in recent years did many countries establish official national minifootball associations to help them further organize and develop this idea. The minifootball competitions are focused on player development, teambuilding, fair play and inter-relation between thousand of players who take part in this moment at the European level – more than 600.000 players in 21 member countries. Recent years have seen a significant growth in the numbers of people playing minifootball. The popularity of this format of football is a reaction to changing work and leisure patterns and a move towards ‘pay and play’ football. Wherever you are around Europe, the chances are that there is an opportunity to play minifootball on your doorstep. This could come in all shapes and sizes from a large custom-built minifootball facility with multiple pitches or even to an 11-a-side pitch temporarily split into smaller pitches. According to its statutes and vision, the European Minifootball Federation is focused toward: identifying, promoting and consolidating procedures, practices and methods for development of minifootball in Europe; promoting minifootball as a tool for health-enhancing physical activity, development, equal opportunities education, training, social inclusion and integration through sport and combating discrimination in sport; contributing to the development of the European dimension in grassroot sport, based on its social, health and community benefits, by promoting fairness and openness in sporting competitions and by protecting the physical and moral integrity; improving efficiency and effectiveness of the functioning of the national and European institutions in the sport field.