Futsal is an exciting sport in its own right, televised and played professionally in a number of countries around the world.
Our sessions are based around the technical development of players through Futsal techniques. But what makes futsal such an important part of a young player’s (5-16 years old) development? Why have so many players, widely admired within the game, credited playing futsal, futbol sala (as it is called in Spain), futebol-de-salão (as it is called in Brazil & Portugal) as instrumental in their development?
How does Futsal help young players?
- Ball retention – possession is key in futsal. Players need to be able to keep the ball using good technique and movement
- Quick play – the small playing area forces quick play. This again requires good technique and movement
- Passing – futsal develops quick, accurate passing – no margin for error
- Skillful play – futsal encourages skillful play, either to retain possession or to create a shooting opportunity
- Confined spaces – everything happens much quicker and there is less margin for error
- Tactical awareness – futsal is a “whole-team” game. Each player needs to be aware of their own responsibilities
- Skill acquisition – the increased number of touches on the ball accelerates the learning process
- Movements – with and without the ball increase significantly in futsal
All of these qualities are transferable to the 11-a-side game.
Will just using futsal suddenly develop footballers with sublime technique? No, but used as a major component, along with excellent Sala Soccer coaching, a nurturing environment and as part of a person-centered approach, futsal can and will have a significant impact on the development of young footballers in this country. It is not a case of just using a different ball. The methods and techniques we use from Futsal will improve your child far quicker than traditional methods used by most soccer coaches.
Vic Hermans, former Netherlands futsal international and FIFA futsal coach says, “Futsal is the basic for the development of a football player.”
Hank Steinbrecher, former Secretary General of U.S. Soccer and current member of U.S. Futsal’s National Board of Directors also states that, “For those who know the game and have coached it, futsal is infinitely better preparation for the outdoor game…futsal really does teach a higher level of skill than whacking the ball off the wall.”
Sala Soccer School believe in futsal and the impact it can have on a player’s development, and the proof being the number of children scouted and signed by local pro clubs in the last six years is Eighty Two* (82) children (boys & girls) from Sala Soccer Tameside alone since 2010 *As of June 2017
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Futsal is an exciting sport in its own right, televised and played professionally in a number of countries around the world.But what makes futsal such an important part of a young player’s (5-16 years old) development? Why have so many players, widely admired within the game, credited playing futsal, futbol sala (Spainish) or futebol-de-salão (Portuguese) as instrumental in their development? Let’s have a look at who these players are and their quotes: