MIFA Football Park in Toyosu is a cool place to practice your futsal skills in downtown Tokyo.
MIFA (a play on FIFA) stands for "Music Interact Football for All" and consists of a number of all-weather futsal pitches with floodlights and a trendy cafe, serving focaccia, pasta and pizza and, of course, those essential post-match beers.
Futsal has become extremely popular in Japan due to the lack of available space (and lack of pitches) to play the full (11 a-side) version of the game.
Futsal, which originated in Brazil, is popular with all age groups in Japan but with the costs involved in booking pitches etc, futsal is especially attractive to the 30+ age group looking to recapture their youth and bond with their contemporaries.
However the artificial turf and the enclosed space takes a toll on aging knee and ankle ligaments (I spent a month in a Japanese hospital after snapping an ACL playing futsal), so always warm up, wear the right footwear and above all take it easy.
MIFA Football Park is a short walk from Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Line and the Yurikamome Line or Shin-Toyosu Station on the Yurikamome Line. MIFA is right next door to Wildmagic Urban Outdoor Park picnic area.
MIFA Football Park
Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0061
MIFA is open 9am-11pm daily. There are 3 18mx26m futsal courts and one 40mx60m junior court available for hire. MIFA also hosts a soccer school and various other futsal competitions and events.
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