Futsal, indoor football, mini-football or soccer is a collective sport related to football. Its rules were defined between 1930 and 1933 by the Argentine Juan Carlos Ceriani Gravier, director of the YMCA of Montevideo in Uruguay. Since 2005, more than 11 indoor football centres have opened each year in France. Today, there are more than 800 centres throughout France and the number of participants reached 4 million 2017.
Several factors explain the growth of this market. Futsal is a diversified and friendly sport, which is played whatever the weather. Moreover, its price is reasonable since it varies between 50 and 100 euros per hour, divided by the ten participants.
The Futsal market has experienced strong growth, +133% since 2013, and is estimated at 70 million euros per year. It is very fragmented and dominated by three companies: Urban Football, Soccer 5 and Le Temple du Football, each with between 5 and 10 centres. Other companies exist like Bonito Football or Le Five. These private stakeholders represent 70% of the available land. They emphasise the quality of their infrastructures and the conviviality of their welcome. To gain visibility, they do not hesitate to seduce football stars. Their strategy is based on three targets with distinct offers: adults (hourly rental and subscriptions), children ( training courses) and companies (conventions and seminars). The other complexes were all started by independent contractors or former football players.
The FFF intends to take advantage of the dynamism of this football segment, as a licence is required to participate in various competitions and tournaments.
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