BENEFITS OF PLAYING FUTSAL
Increases ball handling and passing opportunities
Reinforces creativity due to small space, fast pace and constant pressure
Improves quick decision-making
Encourages ball control skills through use of a smaller, heavier ball
Promotes soccer fitness through constant player movement
Generates muscle memory due to highly repeated engagement
Allows opportunities to play all positions
Builds player confidence - every player makes a difference in the outcome of a game
Strengthens team bonding by emphasizing passing and movement
Futsal is Fun! A highly-charged game where players experience competition while developing their technical, tactical, physical and mental soccer abilities
Eastside FC is pleased to announce the opening of its Futsal Center. We encourage you to take a further look at our website. Here, we hope you can learn more about this training phenomenon that is rapidly becoming an integral part of modern youth soccer training curriculums throughout the U.S.
I am especially excited for our Futsal Center because of the role futsal played in my own soccer development when I was a youth. Where I grew up, in Brazil, futsal is a player’s first introduction to organized youth soccer. In Brazil, the natural progression for a gifted player is to move from playing neighborhood street soccer to training at a club. Brazilian youth soccer players -no matter if they are club level or train with an Academy - begin their official training playing Futsal before they transition to the larger, outside fields. To this day, all academies and professional soccer teams have Futsal integrated into their training curriculum.
Here at Eastside Futsal Center, our goal is to make your soccer player better by introducing him or her to Futsal. In the developmental ages, the game is an instructor. The fast pace and smaller space means many more touches on the ball and allows a player to quickly recover and learn from his or her mistakes. Likewise, it also reinforces the good decisions a player makes. We are confident that at Eastside Futsal Center, all ages and skill levels will benefit with noticeably improved ball handling and quicker decision making capabilities.
As many of you already know, soccer is more than shooting a ball into a net. It is an artful dance that involves dedicated technical training and the passion to devote the time to mastering it. As shown by many professional soccer players who grew up playing Futsal -Pele, Messi, Ronaldo to name a few - Futsal is a proven training method for optimizing an individual’s soccer development. It is the path to “futebol” success in Brazil and I am happy to be part of its introduction to organized youth soccer programs in America as well. So please, join us here at Eastside Futsal Center and discover the secret to ball mastery and improving your game one touch at a time!
Anderson “Xinho” Prestes
Director, Eastside Futsal Center
WHAT IS FUTSAL?
There are a few basic differences between Futsal and outdoor soccer when it comes to soccer development.
Small-sided games. Futsal is played with five a side (4 outfield players plus a goalkeeper) on an indoor court. The small size of the court also means the pace of the game is much faster with players experiencing more touches on the ball and repetition of movement. The smaller space also inhibits players from making long runs and holding on to the ball for too long. Constant pressure forces players to react quickly and creatively to maintain ball possession because all players – attackers and defenders- are in constant motion.
Heavier ball. A Futsal ball is heavier and smaller than a typical soccer ball used in outdoor soccer. The heavier weight of the ball reduces bounce, keeping the ball at the feet of the players and in constant play thereby intrinsically allowing for increased movement and touches. With the ball on the ground, the players must use the feet more often for ball control and consequently they improve their passing technique.
Faster pace – the smaller space of the court compared with an outdoor pitch, promotes a faster pace with increased repetitions and touches on the ball, improves technical ball handling to maintain ball possession amidst the constant pressure, encourages creativity to feint opponents, perfects one touch and precision passing and increases soccer fitness due to continuous movement.
The surface of the court encourages ball control by using the sole of the foot on top of the ball. This allows a player more freedom to move the ball in either direction or hold the ball while the opponent runs past. By using the sole of the foot, the ball can more easily be pulled around to feint a player or to take a shot.
And unlike indoor soccer, Futsal does not allow the use of walls which means the ball is in constant motion and players must engage in quick decision making and smart, creative technical movement to maintain possession of the ball. Generally, games are 20 minute halves. Under 14 games are 15 minutes halves.
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