|U.S. Futsal Coaching Manual|
|U.S. Futsal Coaching Manual|
About US Futsal
I. Basics Futsal
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 Goalkeeper?
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:
Goalkeepers must be field players first. Prior to specializing as goalkeepers, children must learn the broader parameters of “play”. This is difficult to do when they hide beneath the crossbar. Goalkeepers must also learn intuition and anticipation from moving in and playing the game of Futsal.
Goalkeepers must possess field playing skill. This is particularly true since the laws governing the 11 v. 11 game require the goalkeeper to play as a field player, without the use of their hands, at certain times of the game.
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 The sandlot and playgrounds which allowed for free play have been replaced by organized sport associations and leagues which are instead governed by adults.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 players.
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.
What Is Developed
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.
Youngsters recognize 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 game.
III. The Roll of the Youth Coach
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.
Another contributing 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.
Technical activities, 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.
Considerations On How the Youth Futsal Coach Can Influence Players
Coaches need to insure that the playing/practice environment is conducive for development and performance and is favorable for learning to take place. They also need to ensure that the three main areas of the game occur in this environment.
Futsal allows youth coaches to become familiar with the three main areas of the game.
Futsal provides a much clearer environment to analyze the match and its individual components and is therefore not as intimidating to beginning coaches. The coach can observe:
Youth soccer coaches contribute to player development by:
While technique, decision making and physical talent can be distinguished from one another, they are not related.
IV. The Basic Game and Variations
The Basic Futsal Game
Size of Field
Depends on the age of players. Can vary from 30 yd. x 16 yd. up to 46 yd. x 26 yd.. The goals are 10 feet wide and 6-1/2 feet high.
The Team In Possession of the Ball
When the Other Team Has the Ball
Players need to evaluate and identify when to dribble and pass. The correct attitude (when to take a risk aggressively) and the technical development and execution of dribbling.
Changes in the direction and speed of play.
Decision making skills because the player has a variety of options at his disposal (dribbling, passing, “shooting”, changing directions)
The Futsal Passing Game
Since the playing area is longer than it is wide, the emphasis is on creating length (height) in the game. In this game, there is a premium placed on playing the ball forward early. The ball can be played early:
This Game Emphasizes
The priority of this game is shooting and scoring. Since the field is small, players should be looking to shoot almost whenever they get the ball.
V. Roster and Competition: the Weekly Tournament
Having flexibility to roster youngsters enables association or league organizers to acquire name, address, phone number, correct birthdates and parental consent. This information is then used to obtain the required insurance for each player. At this level of play, maintaining rosters serves on the purposes of player registration and insurance.
The group of players who are rosters together are considered, in very broad terms, a “team”. The number of players on each team will be five.
The players will be organized into groups of five. Roster 10 to a team would be sensible since it should easily make 2 teams of 5 players.
Basic Rules for the Futsal Game
Part of the effectiveness of Futsal is that it contribute to the developmental needs of young players. The basic rules are: