Why Futsal you ask?
Many top soccer players started out at their young age playing Futsal, as it taught them early on about the necessary skills to succeed on the big soccer field. Some of the current players who got their start playing Futsal include Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Christian Pulisic and many more.
Here you have 5 reasons why you SHOULD PLAY Futsal.
Futsal is a game that can be played on any hard surface, indoors and outdoors. A gymnasium, a cafeteria, a convention hall or a parking lot, a skating rink, a tennis court or anything else. All you need is a ball and shoes. It also happens to be the perfect addition to soccer. Almost any soccer tactical session can be adapted to be played on a futsal court or vise versa. It is perfect for training concepts on the “micro”, younger age groups, before bringing it to the big 11v11 soccer field.
2. Improves Athletic Intelligence
Futsal's fast-paced and non stop nature aids in improving a player’s spatial intelligence and ability to learn to read the game in a short time period under pressure.
3. Speed of Play
The futsal small playing area requires players to not only play quicker but also to think quicker and make faster decisions. In futsal, you only have a split second to decide what to do with the ball before you are put under high pressure.
4. Ball Skills and Control
As per Dr. Emilio Miranda from Sao Paolo University, a futsal player will have 600% more touches on the ball during a futsal game, than a soccer player will have in a soccer game. This naturally aids players to master their touch on the ball and give them confidence to hold on to the ball more, than just kicking it way out of fear of losing it, as well make them more confident in taking on players in a 1v1 situation.
In our opinion the single most important reason to play futsal is that it encourages players to be creative and think out of the box. Because the futsal court is much smaller than a soccer field, and a player gets so much more touches on the ball, they try things that they would never risk doing on the soccer field.
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