Futsal

What’s wrong with youth soccer?

“I know a lot of younger players don’t love the game now, but it is not a game you love anymore. When I was young we played in the street, had fun, identified with great players, thought & talked nothing but football, lived for a Saturday game on telly. Now there’s too many games on […]

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Futsal coaching tips

If you coach futsal (and if you don’t, you should!) I’m sure you’ll find the the tips below very useful. I know I did! Short rosters: Teams have short roster to have more playing time. This is not the spirit of Futsal. In Futsal coaches should replace players often to get the most of their […]

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In praise of futsal

My goal in writing this article is to share some of the benefits my team and others have gained by adding futsal to our regular winter soccer program. Futsal has been such an effective development tool that we have replaced the conventional US walled indoor soccer game with it this winter. Our soccer week follows […]

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Soccer coaching in a small gym

With 9 players we played 3 v 3 with 3 teams so that one team was always resting. In the gym where we were training there were two wooden benches without a back (just the seating area), which we used as goals by laying each bench on its side on the centre of the end […]

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Fustal rules, OK?

“The young player should not be at all bothered with tactics, defending or positional elements. The focus should be on learning basic techniques. It should be ball, ball and more ball.” Zico My teams have been playing futsal this summer – their confidence, ball skills and fitness have improved significantly and they’ve really enjoyed it. […]

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Futsal – an introduction

I’m a big, big fan of futsal. Why? “In a 40 minute Futsal match, a field player on a team using a dynamic system of play…will touch the ball once every 29.5 seconds . . . that’s just over 80 possessions per player per match, if the player plays the entire match. This compares to […]

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Basic futsal coaching

How to coach youth futsal 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 […]

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