The biggest soccer nations in the world are built on a futsal foundation. Small-sided soccer—futsal and street football—have served as building blocks for the vast majority of the sport's greatest. Ronaldinho, Pele, Messi, Neymar, Xavi, Ronaldo, the list goes on of football legends past and present who credit futsal for their development and success.
Futsal (or fútbol sala in Spanish and futebol de salão in Portuguese) developed in South America beginning in 1930. It was initially created to provide year-round training space for soccer players, and the smaller court size was more feasible during a time of rapid urbanization.