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You’ve got to see this – FIFA Futsal World Cup

The 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil is compulsive viewing – I can’t drag myself away from the highlights that have been on Sky all day.

You should watch it and try and get your players to watch it too. Tell them it’s a bit like PlayStation 3 soccer matches – the matches run until October 19th the date of the final.

If you’ve never seen futsal before let me assure you it’s very exciting. It’s basically five a side football, on a small, hard-surface court with a smaller, heavier ball that has a very low bounce and there are kick-ins instead of throw-ins. It is such a fast, skilful game that I’m sure it will gain hugely in popularity.

The big name to watch at the 2008 tournament is Brazil’s legendary Falcao. He’s widely recognized as the best futsal player in the world, but has yet to win the Futsal World Cup.

Spain however has been setting the tournament alight so watch out for them. The skills on display are outstanding and there are some great goals. If I could have youth soccer look like anything on a Saturday morning it would be this.

You can watch it live on the FIFA website or see highlights on Sky.

The teams involved include: USA, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, China, and the Czech Republic so there’s a lot of traditional soccer countries there.

Take a look for youself with this clip:

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BEEN WATCHING THE FUTSAL WORLD CUP.THE COUNTRIES THAT ARE COMPETING ARE MORE TECHNICALLY PROFICIENT THAN THE PLAYERS IN THIS COUNTRY-ENGLAND-AND THIS IS DUE TO THEM PLAYING THIS FORM OF FOOTBALL FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE IN A LOT OF COUNTRIES-SOUTH AMERICA ESPECIALLY-THEY DO NOT PLAY 11-A-SIDE UNTIL THEY REACH 12-13 Y.O.A.
I HAVE BEEN COCHING FUTSAL FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS AFTER,I ENJOY IT MORE THAN COACHING 11-A-SIDE TO CHILDREN AND AFTER A COUPLE OF SESSIONS WHERE WE HAVE SHOWN THEM SOME SKILLS AND BASIC TECHNICAL DRILLS YOU CAN SEE THESE PLAYERS GROW IN CONFIDENCE UNFORTUNATELY WHEN THEY GO BACK TO THEIR CLUB TEAMS A LOT OF THE KIDS ARE TOLD NOT TO DO THEIR”FANCY SKILLS HERE”AND TO LEAVE IT AT HOME,SO UNFORTUNATELY THAT IS WHY WE DON’T SEEM TO BE PRODUCING TECHNICALLY SKILLED PLAYERS AT GRASSROOTS LEVEL.
KEEP WATCHING THE FUTSAL AND IF YOU EVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO WATCH A GAME DO IT,
ANDY.

Comment by andy

I did the FA’s introduction to futsal workshop and it has benefitted all aspects of my coaching. I am honoured to not only coach ‘mainstream’ football-girls aged 9-13 but I also coach players with severe physical/ learning disabilities and the futsal balls have proved invaluable- as they are heavier they run slower- allowing less able youngsters to ‘keep up’ with the ball. I also use futsal balls and drills with my girls, the begginers, like the players with disabilites,
really benefit from a slower ball allowing them to perfect certain turns and skills with a size 4 ball that stays on the ground and doesn’t run as far if mis-controlled. Then when they use the lighter standard size 4 balls they know what they want the ball to do and I have found, work more on perfecting the skill as they already know its achievable. I do explain to the players the charachteristics of the different balls so they know they have to be more accurate with the standard ball and that I am not playing ‘tricks’ with them!

I think coaches should look at alternatives such as futsal, 5 a side and futbal de salao to keep sessions varied- especially those working with children as just having different things for the players to do does stop complacencey and can help improve behaviour and concentration. Remember, if you went to work and knew EXACTLY what you were doing each day in advance, you’d get bored too!

Best wishes to coaches everywhere and at every level.

Comment by Trace

Now everyone is talking about the American economy and eclections, nice to read something different. Eugene

Comment by Eugene

This makes great sense..

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