Has been reintroduced into Elite programs as we see a definite benefit in our students creativity, quick passing, fast counter attacks, fitness and keeping the ball on the ground.
The ball is heavier and smaller so it forces players to make harder passes and keep the ball on the ground. In the past world class players were produced from kids who played street soccer for many hours every day without coaching. This allowed them to build a passion for the game, have fun and not worry about mistakes. Players would be creative and idolize world stars by mimicking their famous moves. e.g. The Cruyff turn
With all the technology today kids are playing less in the streets so we have to create the training and game environment for them. At all our Futsal sessions we play up beat music which adds to the fun and entertainment. Music can also help aid a players coordination, rhythm, creativity and motivation.
See an excerpt below from Wikipedia on the history of Futsal.
At the moment we are offering drop in sessions. Please see our training program schedule. As the program progresses we will develop a Futsal league.
Futsal (Portuguese pronunciation: [futˈsal]) is a variant of football that is played on a smaller field and mainly played indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football. Its name comes from the Portuguese Futebol de salão , which can be translated as “room football”. It was developed in Brazil in the 1930s and 1940s.
In Brazil futsal is played by more people than football but does not attract as many spectators as the outdoor sport. Several futsal players have moved on to careers as successful professional football players.
Futsal is a game played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football due to the surface of the field. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.