Futsal for beginners – the ultimate guide

Futsal, the fast-paced form of indoor soccer, is just as technical as its outdoor counterpart, but you’ll need a different mindset and a slew of different skills to excel at this intense sport.

The constraints and slippy surface of the arena spur performance, once you know what you are doing. With the right knowledge and practice, anyone can excel at futsal. Better yet, the skills developed here will follow a player to the traditional soccer field.

Here is the ultimate futsal beginners’ guide. Read at the Adrenalist..

Adidas smart soccer system

At the elite level even the slightest advantage can have a massive impact on performance. Enter the Adidas miCoach Elite Team System. The sports wizardry that includes a Smart soccer ball and high-tech cleats is the latest advancement in performance monitoring, gauging vital physiological data of a team in real time. Read at the Adrenalist..

Extreme forms of soccer

Are you ready for Euro 2012? The 14th European Championship for national football teams will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine from June 8 to July 1. The contest is huge – the second biggest deal in soccer after the illustrious World Cup.

You need to understand, however, that the wildly popular brand of soccer we all know and love is not the only one. Dotted around the planet, there are all kinds of captivating soccer variants. Discover some off-the-beaten-path ways the game is played and maybe you’ll have a newfound love for your favorite sport. Read more at the Adrenalist..


The history of swamp soccer

For most people, given all the haring around that it involves, regular soccer poses enough of a fitness challenge. Back in the 90s, however, some extreme Scandinavians decided to push the envelope and play the beautiful game amid sludgy bogland.

Welcome to the squelchy, messy world of swamp soccer.

There is just no denying it – swamp soccer is murder, like rock climbing in a suit of armor. Thank those wacky Finns, who are also responsible for the wife-carrying championship and a mobile phone throwing championship, among other bizarre contests.

Swamp soccer originally served as an exercise activity for Finnish athletes and soldiers. The Scandinavian stalwarts played swamp soccer precisely because trying to be Pele while stomping about a squashy bog is incredibly tough. To be any good, you need buckets of adrenaline and stamina. Read more at the Adrenalist..


Lionel Messi, Latin lightning

Argentine soccer ace Lionel Messi recently won the world player prize for the third time. For Messi, stellar success is a habit. The FC Barcelona forward, who doubles as an attacking midfielder, has won every trophy on offer at club level.

Messi also plays at international level for Argentina. Millions of fans worldwide revere him for the magic he weaves on the turf. Messi’s magic routinely wins him comparisons with soccer legends such as Pele and Maradona.

Learn more about the virtuoso widely seen as the world’s top soccer player. Story live at the Adrenalist.