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  1. An Introduction to Futsal

  2. Aims To gain knowledge about futsal as a sport To assess the different skills required to play futsal To evaluate the benefits of futsal and how they might apply to other forms of football
  3. Objectives To understand the basic rules and concepts of the game To identify key differences between futsal and other forms of football Take away ideas on how futsal might benefit your team and players
  4. What is Futsal? Futsal began in Uruguay and Brazil where the large crowded cities and a shortage of playing pitches forced a football mad populace to play small sided football and in 1936 the first rules emerged. Futsal was the name chosen by FIFA, which is simply a combination of the Spanish words for ‘hall’ (Sala) and ‘football’ (Futbol): hence ‘Futsal’. Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted.
  5. What is Futsal? “During my childhood in Portugal, all we played was Futsal. The small playing area helped me improve my close control, and whenever I played Futsal I felt free. If it wasn’t for Futsal, I wouldn’t be the player I am today.” CristianoRonaldo, Real Madrid and Portugal, FIFA Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game. Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their foot-balling development... “As a little boy in Argentina, I played Futsal on the streets and for my club. It was tremendous fun, and it really helped me become who I am today” Lionel Messi, Barcelona and Argentina
  6. Video Exercise – Rules and Regulations
  7. Key Differences
  8. Gaining Popularity Although invented in the 1930’s England did not have a national team until 2003. The National Futsal League was not formed until 2008. Why is Futsal only becoming popular now?
  9. The many failings of England More than likely this heightened level of expectation will result in yet more disappointment The English National Football Side goes to the World Cup in Brazil in June of this year. Although expectations currently are low it is highly likely that they will rise as rapidly as the midday Rio sunshine as soon as the national team reaches the country. England has arguably the best league in the world yet are perennial strugglers in international competitions. Many have argued that Futsal is the solution. ... How can Futsal help?
  10. Discussion Exercise Think about what benefits Futsal might bring to players of the 11 a side format What did the players in the video mention? What skills can be transferred? Can you think of some that can’t?
  11. The Benefits of Futsal Emphasis on skill and technique not physicality (foul count) Played indoors so not subject to the weather! Smaller pitch makes it harder to find space which develops skills under pressure. Smaller heavier ball supports closer ball control and manipulation. Research indicates players receive the ball up to 6 times more in futsal. Players exposed to 1v1 situations during the game which promotes decision making and positivity when in possession. Speed of the game promotes physical mobility as well as mental aptitude to react to different situations quickly
  12. Summary Futsal is the fastest growing indoor sport in the UK It is a sport in its own right but develops skills that are transferable to other formats of football or indeed other sports Its can be played on indoor or outdoor courts meaning it is not weather dependent Most importantly, players love it because they get to play the ball more often
  13. Final Exercise Check your knowledge with the quiz Think about how futsal might benefit your or someone else’s team. Spread the word!
  14. Any final questions? Chris Gooch coaching@chrisgoochconsulting.co.uk