Futsal is a fast paced indoor five-a-side football game. Its name comes from the Portuguese Futebol de salão, which can be translated as “room football” and originated in Uruguay in the 1930s.

Futsal was first introduced as a Maccabi sport in 2010. In 2011 Maccabi SA sent a team to compete at the Pan American Maccabi Games in Brazil, followed by the 2013 Maccabiah in Israel. Following 18 months of intense training and preparation, Maccabi SA participated for the first time at the European Maccabi Games 2015 in Berlin, entering three futsal teams: Junior (U16), Open and Masters. The tournament was a great success for Team SA with the two older teams both reaching the semi-finals and winning bronze medals.


The Maccabi SA Futsal Programme has flourished, particularly in the Western Cape, under the leadership of dedicated Futsal Convenor Ronen Cohen who is himself a successful Maccabian. Interest and participation has grown rapidly and numerous events and tournaments are held.

Currently Maccabi SA hosts leagues and training for Junior, Senior and Masters male players and also for Junior girls. The inaugural Girls Futsal League was successfully launched in Cape Town in October 2015 and plans to expand to Johannesburg.

For more information on futsal, please contact Maccabi SA Futsal Convenor Ronen Cohen on futsal@maccabi.co.za and you can also follow him on Twitter @RonenCohz.


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