Types of football: popular types of football that you may not even have heard of.

Although the most popular game in the world, classic football is not interesting for everyone. But some of its varieties, sometimes more dynamic and action-packed, are certainly able to interest even people far from the world of sports.

Futsal (indoor soccer)

Let’s start with the well-known futsal or, as it is often called, mini-football. This type attracts spectators with dynamics, technical skill of performers and an abundance of scoring situations. The ball is rarely raised in the air here, most combinations are based on short and medium one-touch passes, and the ban on tackles allows the most technical players to demonstrate dribbling skill.

Indoor (Arena) Soccer or showball

A game that is in many ways similar to futsal, however, it is distinguished by a much higher pace due to the board placed around the perimeter of the court, the height of which can be from one to two meters. The board performs two functions at once – it almost completely abolishes outs and corners, and also allows the team to play a “wall” without a partner.

Beach football

From parquet to sand. If in futsal the ball rarely breaks off the floor, then in beach version everything is exactly the opposite – sandy bumps do not allow combining below, and many goals are hammered by blows from the fall, which, of course, adds color to this sport.

Foot volleyball

A hybrid of beach football and volleyball, which also has a large number of beautiful hits in the fall. For training purposes, many professional footballers also play foot tennis with similar rules, but with a lower net.

Swamp Football

Finnish invention that became popular  in Russia. As you might guess, the main feature of the game is the venue – players move knee-deep, waist-deep and even neck-deep in the mud, which requires incredible endurance. In this sport, championships are regularly held, in which teams from the Baltic States and the northwestern part of Russia usually take part.

Gaelic Football

Irish national fun, which has spread in other countries. The game is a mixture of the Irish’s favorite sports – football and rugby. The field here is divided into zones, in some of them the ball can be taken with your hands, in others you can use only the legs, head and torso. The goal is a hybrid of two sports, H-shaped, a goal in the lower “frame” brings the team 3 points, in the upper one – 1 point.

Florentine Football (Calcio)

Back in the 16th century, Italians invented a sport that could now be called a mixture of soccer, rugby and MMA fighting. Paying tribute to tradition, modern teams enter the battlefield, that is, the match, in traditional costumes. They fight, that is, they play, 27 to 27, the prize for the winners is a live goat. There are a minimum of rules here, it is allowed, for example, to kick the opponent on one flank, while the fight for the match is on the opposite.


This sport originated in the United States more than 100 years ago and is quite popular to this day. The classic bicycle ball is played two on two, and the goalkeeper is the player who is closer to his goal. The skill of owning a bicycle among professional cyclists can surprise even experienced extreme cycling trials.

Is it worth betting on these types of football?

Despite the fact that this sport has such an incredible variety, only futsal and indoor versions have received professional recognition. These types have professional leagues, which makes them more attractive for betting. And yet, the percentage of bets that are made on these sports  is much less than those that are placed on “big” football. Another problem is that there is no analytics for these types that could help to place bets correctly.