Thinking about signing your child for soccer?
Think Futsal Instead.
Here is why.
If you’ve never played futsal, it can be hard to imagine how it’s so much different from soccer. Allow me to help you visualize the difference between playing futsal and soccer.
Think of Futsal as the next generation soccer experience for children. Kids develop soccer skills playing constantly with the ball, high intensity activity to improve speed, agility vision, creativity. It's a fun way to learn real dribbling, passing, shooting, tackling and much more – all leading to immediate improvement.
Futsal provides better ways to develop skills: Especially for young players ages 6-12, Futsal is a much better game for a players development. Most of a player's learning comes from playing, especially at the young starter ages of 3-6. The size of the court and speed of Futsal means 6 times more opportunities for a player to touch the ball vs soccer. It also puts players in constant situations where they need to think fast to solve problems, constantly be forced to protect the ball, work out of tight situations among other.
Soccer is normally played as an outdoor game on large fields, whereas Futsal is a form of soccer that is played mostly indoors on a much smaller courts. Futsal is also played around the world in outdoor courts anywhere. The smaller field size ensures a game of Futsal is fast-paced and more intense, with more opportunity for goal scoring.
Another difference is in the number of players. There are eleven players for each team in the game of Soccer, while Futsal is played with five players on the court. Less players at one time means more opportunities to touch the ball. There are three substitutions allowed in a game of Soccer, whereas there are unlimited substitutions in Futsal. Once again players can come in and out of the game as often as possible, giving them more time to play.
There are many other differences between the two games in terms of tactics, positioning, and the skills required. However, the fundamentals of the two games are essentially similar, making Futsal a great option for Soccer players and vice-versa.
If players become good at playing in a faster surface like a futsal surface they will immediately stand out on turf or grass.
Over the years, soccer has been labeled as a "Thinking Man's Game". The term has been derived from the game's uninterrupted, steady flow of play without timeouts or many set plays, full of player engagement, creativity, situational recognition, adjustments and problem solving on the fly is what it is called a "player's game".
In soccer a player must be a thinker, problem solver and a creative machine without much help from the coach at every single minute of the game. There are unlimited options, combinations and opportunities to score goals. A player's imagination and creativity is the only limitation in the game of soccer. Because of this game setting nature players grow not only in their game but in life as well. The ability to constantly think, adopt and solve has massive benefits in everything.
Well, futsal adds to the mix, a faster playing surface, restrictive smaller playing area, less time to think, react, adjust and solve game situations. The pressure is multiplied ten fold.
If soccer is a "thinking man's game", then futsal is a "thinking man's game" on steroids.
Futsal will absolutely, unequivocally, without any doubt grow a player's soccer game.
The Futsaler Life movement is the way of using futsal as the training basis to advance and/or maintain a player’s soccer skills as well as develop one’s futsal specific IQ as it pertains to the sport of futsal year-round. It is putting futsal first at the younger ages and making it core for soccer development.
Formidable, dedicated, and bold in nature, the game of futsal personifies everything we want in life. The fast-paced play of the game keeps players honest about their strengths and exposes all the weaknesses; the small-sided, fast playing surface keeps players focused, always engaged, and the success of victory keeps them motivated.
All players dream of becoming successful in soccer and/or futsal. Excellence is not something that happens by chance and it cannot be achieved by just talking about it: it is a result of taking action, going the extra mile, sacrifice, and do what others are not willing to do. One does not only find greatness in the big triumphs; One find it in every little detail of how one lives their life. Shoot for the moon, do not settle, and be persistent.
Live the FUTSALER LIFE!
Niko is someone who believes passionately that futsal should be intentionally used as a tool for developing soccer players year-round and come first in the developing process at the younger starter age groups of 3-12 years of age. He has a massive amount of experiences, observations, thoughts and ideas from being submerged in the futsal community as a player, coach and operations director waiting to be released that could truly benefit the futsal community as well as the soccer coach that is just getting into the futsal methodology as a soccer development tool as well as the futsal game itself