#409 Futsal and Soccer
Nathan compares futsal and soccer.
Simon: Hi! What's your name?
Nathan: My name is Nathan Curtis Gildard. Well, my name is Nathan but people call me Nate, so.
Simon: OK. What do you do in your free time?
Nathan: I do a lot of different things. I like to travel around, I like to go to places I've never been. I like to play guitar in a band, which I'm not in right now. I like to play soccer. I play soccer a lot, and I play futsal too.
Simon: Futsal, what's that?
Nathan: Futsal is a 5 a side soccer game, so it's played on a small court about the size of a basketball court, and the ball is smaller than a soccer ball, it's kind of heavy, and you have five people so there are 4 players and one keeper, goalie.
Simon: Oh, interesting. Is it similar to soccer in other ways?
Nathan: Well, it's similar in ways that you pass the ball but it's different in ways that for example you have a stop clock in the international futsal games, and professional games, so there's a stop clock. The way you move around is very different, you know, you have positions like midfield, forward, defense, but often a defender can find themselves playing forward which is kind of fun because defenders get a chance to score too.
Simon: OK, here is the last question, which do you prefer, soccer or the big football or futsal?
Nathan: Ah, that's a difficult question. I think at the moment I enjoy futsal a little bit more because it is a harder pace. You're running a lot faster. There's more chances to score. It's a really challenging game. It takes a lot of energy, and the five guys that you play with, there's only five people so you really depend on each other to do well so it's a real team sport. You really need each other.
Simon: Thank you.
You have five people, so there are four players and one
keeper or goalie.
A 'keeper' or 'goalie' is the person who stands in the goal and blocks the ball when the other team tries to score. This person protects the goal. Notice the following:
- The keeper made an amazing block that saved the team.
- This keeper is considered the best in the league.
There's a stop clock in international and professional
A 'stop clock' is a digital clock that shows the amount of time left to play in the game. When there is a break in play this clock can be stopped until the game starts again. Notice the following:
get a chance to score
Defenders can play forward, which is kind of fun because
they get a chance to score too.
When you 'get a chance to score' you have the opportunity to make a goal by kicking the ball into the other team's goal. Notice the following:
- It wasn't until the second half that either team even
got a chance to score.
- The other team was so aggressive that your team didn't
get a chance to score.
which do you prefer
So which do you prefer, soccer or the big football or
When you ask someone which of something they 'prefer' you are asking which one they like better. Notice the following:
- Do you prefer Central or South America?
- We have coffee and tea. Which do you prefer?
it is a harder pace
At the moment, I enjoy futsal a little bit more because it
is a harder pace.
In this case a 'harder pace' is a more difficult or faster speed. Notice the following:
- Now that I am older I can't handle games that have a
- The advanced class has a harder pace than the regular