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Simple Yet Effective Corner Kick Routine

This week’s Animated Drills Video looks at a simple but very effective routine for creating options off of a corner kick in futsal. It’s an easy to understand and teach pattern that could be useful in any small-sided game environment. The diagram is being created with the Academy Soccer Coach software. See more at www.academysoccercoach.co.uk

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Adjusting to Pressure

This week’s Animated Drills Video shows how you can adjust the formations you use when building from the back in order to deal with the type of pressure the opponent is putting you under. The diagram is being created with the Academy Soccer Coach software. See more at www.academysoccercoach.co.uk Have a great week! Tom

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Futsal Restarts

This week’s Animated Drill Video features Futsal kick-in, corners and free kicks that I’ve taught my teams. They’re basic setups that can be executed in a number of different ways. This gives the players options without limiting their creativity.   The diagram is created with the session planner on Planet Training that is available through from Planet.Training.

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Different Games Teach Different Skills

Each winter soccer teams in the cold weather states are forced inside to continue to train and play. Some are fortunate enough to continue playing the game as they do outdoor. Facilities like Total Soccer in Wixom, MI provide 11 v 11 and 8 v 8 fields indoors.

These facilities are rare around the United States so most teams are left with one or two options: Futsal or Indoor Soccer (also known as Arena Soccer). The two formats are very different

Futsal is FIFA’s recognized form of soccer indoors. It is played all over the world is the only form of soccer indoors that offers a World Cup. Futsal is often played on a basketball sized surface with goals that are 3 meters wide by 2 meters tall. Each team plays with four field players and a goalkeeper. The Futsal ball is a, ‘low bounce’ ball that is one size smaller than the ball each age group plays with outdoor. The rules are almost the same as outdoor soccer with a few exception.

Arena Soccer is played on a field most similar to a

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Training Movement in Futsal

In any sport, movement is the key to creating options. When players don’t move or move in easily predictable ways they become easy to defend. The fewer players that are involved in the game, the more important movement becomes. With only four field players, Futsal places a high demand on player movement to pull the defense out of position and create openings to attack.


I attending the recent US Youth Futsal National Level 3 course in Gardner, KS. It was conducted by US Youth Futsal Technical Director Keith Tozer. The 20-hour course covered the basic techniques and

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