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  • Emma Keechle

Futsal

With so many northern cultures from around the world attending the Arctic Winter Games, there are a unique array of languages that they have brought with them. While most teams do speak English, it isn't their only language. Futsal has some basic terms that are commonly said while playing:

  • Ball - This means you're asking for the ball to be passed to you. It’s like signaling to your teammate that you’re open.

  • Pass - Similar to asking for the ball, it's a request to have the ball kicked to you. It’s another way to let teammates know you’re in a good strategic position.

  • Drop - This term is used when you want to pass the ball back to a teammate, usually towards your own goal to regroup or plan a new attack.. 

  • Shot/Shoot - You use this to encourage a teammate to take a chance and kick the ball towards the goal with the aim of scoring. Shoot and shot are used interchangeably


*Some of these terms are the same across languages. Words are typed in the English alphabet for easy reading for everybody. Some words are unknown and these may not be official translations of words. 



Team Sápmi speaks mainly in Norwegian as well as the occasional native Sápmi language:


English

Norwegian

Sápmi

Ball

Ball

Spabba

Pass

Sentring

Pass

Drop

Drop

Drop

Shot/Shoot

Skyt

Báče

(When I was asking the coach for a translation she said I was giving up their secrets


Team Nunavut mainly uses English while playing futsal but a coach was able to translate some words into Inuktitut:


English

Inuktitut

Ball

aqsaq

Pass

unknown

Drop

katai

Shot/Shoot

unknown


One of Team Yukon’s players speaks German:


English

German

ball

ball

pass

pass

drop

unknown

Shot/shoot

Schuss


Team NorthWest Territories has a player who speaks French:


English

French

Ball

Balle

Pass

Passe

Drop

Lache

Shot/Shoot

shot/shoot (“Prend la shot” - take the shot)



Almost every member of Team Alberta North speaks a different language from Spanish to Arabic:


English

Spanish 

Arabic

Ball 

pelota

Koora

Pass

pase

Marrir

Drop

unknown

Armi

Shot/shoot

tiro

Youzaa


This blend of languages and cultures at the Arctic Winter Games highlights the beautiful ways sports can bring people together, bridging differences with a common love for the game.

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