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I. the basics
The priority in Futsal is
to motivate players in an environment that is conducive to learning. The
more pleasure kids derive from their participation, the more they wish to
play and practice on their own. While their instinct to play is natural,
their affection and appreciation for soccer must be cultivated. Futsal is
the foundation to such goals because it:
What About The
Goalkeeping, as it
relates to the adult version of soccer, requires a combination of skill,
athleticism, and decision making. A Futsal goalkeeper learns all these
things in the game of Futsal with the added advantage that he learns to
react faster because the ball moves faster, and he gets more involvement
in the game since they are more shots on goal. Nevertheless a:
II. Why Futsal?
The mode and method for
children's play has changed substantially. The sandlot and playgrounds
which allowed for free play have been replaced by organized sport
associations and leagues which are instead governed by adults. As a
result, these leagues reflect what adults believe the game of soccer
should be like for youngsters. The by-product of this is often
overcoaching and the investing of an abundance of money and resources on
uniforms. warm-ups, and equipment. There is always the likelihood that
parents and coaches become too involved in the game during "the game".
Teaching Futsal to
children requires that the information provided to them is appropriate for
their maturity level through some means (THE GAME) that makes sense
to them. The environment for play must, essentially, meet the needs of
Reducing the number of
players to 5 per team allows for all of the components that are
present in the 11 v. 11 game: the ball, teammates and opponents, realistic
pressure, appropriate space, guidelines (rules), direction of play
(attacking and defending), and the combination of length and width in the
game (team shape), and shooting on goal.
Skill that is realistic.
Motor ability: balance, agility, and coordination. Perception: insight
and awareness. Vision. Problem solving: choices
and decisions. Physical fitness. Psychological domain: fun, enjoyment,
and competition. Learning by discovery, trial and error, playing!!!
This is perhaps the
single most important aspect over the long term process of developing
soccer playing ability. On the playgrounds and sandlots, this occurs
naturally... No lines, no waiting, participation is maximized.
differing situations that are constantly repeated. Repetition
influences: Skill required to play the game (dribbling, passing,
shooting, etc.). Decisions and choices that occur during the
III. The Role of the
In Futsal, the role of
the coach is that of facilitator. The coach sets up the game and the
conditions for learning, provides some supervision and allows the game to
teach. The coach becomes a manager of the games with the comprehensive and
long range objective being to develop and improve the soccer performance
of the players.
The primary objective for
youth players under 11 years of age is the development of technical skill.
This is due, in part, to the nature of youngsters and their willingness to
experiment to find their own way to execute technical skill.
factor for am emphasis on skill development is that skill is considered a
shortcoming. Remember, technique is not an objective in and of itself but
a tool. Technical skill must always have a relationship with the game
(application). Problem solving, decision making, intuition, anticipation,
and technical skill must be developed in the context of games.
outside of games, should not be considered the "end all and be all". The
game, and involvement of playing the game, is most important. Too often,
these activities on the individual basis are "drills" and are not
realistic as far as the demands of the game are concerned. Technical
skills should not be viewed as "tricks" or "gimmicks", but in the end,
must be practical to use in the game.
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