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.
Spring soccer season is upon us and every soccer player is returning to the big spacious soccer fields for pre season or tournaments.
Do not forget that team soccer training does not mean that a player should stop its individual skill training.
Let’s face it, when team training begins it is only natural that teams focus on team technical and tactical concepts and skills. Players must find a way to train their individual skills along side in order to be able to stand out. In an hour and a half team session with 14-18 players an individual player will not get as many touches on the ball as it will with a technical development specific program.
Now lets add to that, training with a futsal ball in a smaller, faster, restricted training surface and your player will be shinning in soccer team training.
It has be observed that the children who train with heavier and less bouncy futsal balls make contact with the ball more often and they become more focused, which results in an enhancement in their game skills and also
has a positive effect on traditional soccer game. (Read research report here)
This is what supplemental futsal training along your player’s soccer team training will bring to the mix.
The Elite Player Futsal Spring Training Schedule has been released and it will serve as supplemental training for soccer players. It is widely known that futsal is the key development tool for soccer players.
Families now understand the reason why year round futsal training is benefiting soccer players and keeping the elite players at their top playing form.
This is a 100% Club Neutral Program. All players belong to their current clubs. We do not recruit or form soccer teams to compete outdoors.
This program is a feeder for the Champions Cup Series and the US Futsal Regional & National Tournaments. If a player is identified he/she maybe asked to play in one of these futsal events, provided their outdoor soccer program permits it.
This program offers a pathway to national and international opportunities and exposure to international coaches from all over the world.
We invite you to make this training part of your weekly spring training. There is a limited number of students that we will be accepting in the program so don't be left out.
One of the challenges futsal specific coaches/trainers face is getting players into a futsal specific session. Not an outdoor soccer training session played indoor but a futsal specific session, performed with a futsal specific ball on a futsal specific training environment and futsal specific playing surface with futsal specific activities.
It is crazy when players step into these sessions for the first time and parents realize that there are other coaches, trainers and programs that can help their child’s soccer development along side with their outdoor soccer team training.
It is not against the law to want your child get better, however you would think that many parents have been thrown into mental prison this entire time with their reactions once they learn of futsal and it’s development benefits towards the outdoor soccer game.
The fear of going away from a club atmosphere is the biggest problem. Afraid if you do not sign up for their clinics you will not start the next game. The fear of having your coach find out that you step away from their “optional” training session for someone or something else.
Furthermore, it is always great to see and hear the responses and reactions from players and parents after their first futsal training or game. Some of the most common player remarks are how much fun it was to play, how quick of a game it is, the fact that they get to touch the ball countless times and how many goals they scored. On the parents side common remarks include that they never realized how much their child would love the game, how many times they would get to touch the ball, how they are involved in the game every single moment instead of daydreaming on one side of the field while the ball is on the other side, the fast pace actioned packed situations and off course the amount of goals scored which make all children smile.
Wake up and smell the coffee. Explore and see what else is out there. Your child will know RIGHT AWAY if it is something that will benefit them. Learn from everything and everyone. Stop being brainwashed by the same thing over and over.
If your coach and your club truly want what’s best for your child’s development they will not only be open to alternative methods to develop your child’s soccer skills but will encourage it as they want the best players on their teams.
Think about it…
Your club wants the next best thing. The next standout player. That player is the player that does everything to make them better. The number of kids and their parents who were scared to seek, discover and enter the outside world of training, away from their club team and coach are the same kids who are cut and when you ask the coach why they were cut or what can they do to get better, the coach will tell you to train more and work on certain things.
Ironic do not you think?
Any coach or program that does not allow you to see what is out there should be a clear red flag. Why would that ever be the case? Maybe they have the fear of you learning what else is out there? Maybe they are scared to lose out on your extra $300.00 for their ‘optional’ training program?
Another mystery is why would your coach/club charge you an extra fees to make you better? Isn’t that what the 3-4x week training sessions are for? So now you must pay another cost to train with the same kids and the same coach probably doing the same type of sessions you did during team training? Why can’t you go out there and see what is available for yourself?
When your kid enters high school, you will punch yourself for not seeing all the possibilities out there to make them better.
Continuing Futsal Education and how it is the number 1 development tool to the outdoor soccer game, we would like to point out certain benefits that no one can deny. The first one is to be considered in direct comparison to a similar 5v5 game on indoor turf . Take the following points into consideration: Not only a smaller playing area with less players playing at a time, but also a much faster playing surface, which makes ball control harder, and with a futsal specific ball which is smaller and less bouncy allowing the quicker development for ball handling skills.
When one first engages futsal for the first time, he is taken back from what he is watching and initially may not be able to express what is going on, but quickly realizes this is not an ordinary game. Many have tried to debate futsal's benefits and how it helps outdoor soccer but the bottom line is futsal must be purposely used year round along side with soccer and come first in the younger starter age groups of 3 to 9 years of age. Futsal develops top soccer players and you can take it to the bank.
Following are some key point as to the differences of futsal and indoor soccer that will help everyone understand why it is some much better than indoor soccer.
You May Not Agree, But Only Time Will Tell If Your Child Keeps Playing Soccer Past The Dropout Ages Of 12-13 And Becomes A Soccer Lover
One of the things that we constantly try to preach, is that regardless if you agree or not only time will tell if your child will keep playing the sport of soccer past the ages of 12-13 and become either a top level soccer player or at the very least a life long soccer lover.
Some of the things that we try to educate parents with fall on deaf ears and parents do not realize how right we were until it is too late and their child has stopped playing soccer. By the way, it is the player's decision to quit not yours, and as parents we must respect that. However, is it in their best life development interest to stay in sports and are there ways to better increase the odds to accomplishing such goals?
We think so, and the best two things to remember in helping us towards that goal are:
IT STARTS AND ENDS WITH THEM
The best trainers or environments will not keep them playing if they don't want to. According to a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, around 70 percent of kids in the United States stop playing organized sports by the age of 13 because “it’s just not fun anymore.” We, as adults, suck the fun out of it because we view the game from a different perspective than the kids do. We must know and understand the best ways to allow them to enjoy the sport and at the same time help them make the decision to stay in it because they love it and have tons of fun.
UNSCRIPTED, UNSUPERVISED FUN
Playing games in an unscripted, unsupervised environment with no adult interaction or coaching will allow them to discover, interact, solve, and succeed. It will make it FUN, help them fall in love with the game and keep them playing for a lifetime. As we get older we forget how much fun it was to just get out and play with our friends. Just play, and enjoy the game. Winning was not the motivating factor behind playing. Just being with our friends was, laughing and having a great old time, no matter how silly we were.
Recreating that relaxed unstructured environment is crucial to keeping the kids playing.
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