This week's Animated Drills Video looks at an attack vs defense game to help train your players to make better decisions with and without the ball. The diagram is created with the session planner on Planet Training that is available through from Planet.Training. Have a great week! TomContinue reading
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.Continue reading
This week's Animated Drill Video is a follow-up to a previous video that showed a shooting pattern that I've used outdoor. This is one that I've been using during the indoor season. There a many different variations and progressions that you can use. I share the five different combinations that I use in this video.Continue reading
This week's Animated Drill Video looks at passing patterns that you can use to train the technical skills of Futsal while also giving your players ideas of how they can move to create space and passing opportunities for each other. The diagram is created with the session planner on Planet Training that is availableContinue reading
By Josh Jones-Keen - Futsal is fast and furious game; these sessions come from Futsal and can be used and adapted to work on Keepers reactions and speed. Keeper starts with quick feet to each cone at the side of the goal, before making save at near post. Then they sidestep across goal to make topContinue reading
During the winter I like to focus on ball possession and combination play. The game of Futsal puts a high value on these skills and working on them often will not only make the team more successful indoor but also carry over to the outdoor game in the spring. One of my favorite exercises toContinue reading
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 aContinue reading
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 andContinue reading
Rather than standing in lines and running around cones, it’s through playing futsal that many elite level players, particularly in Brazil and Spain, developed their silky ball skills, smooth passing and lightning quick decision making. Players love small sided games, and the benefits are obvious. Players get more time on the ball, more touches and the intense nature of futsal puts them under more pressure to be perform. It’s a wonder it’s taken so long for coaches to realize the benefits of harnessing futsal in their training programs.Continue reading
The purpose of the winter Futsal league is mostly to keep the player's foot on the ball during the cold midwest winter. But each year the teams in our club participate in the Super F National Finals. The tournament brings together teams from around the United States in age groups from U8 through Men's Open. The tournament is great way to end the Futsal season and bring together all of the technical and tactical work we've done throughout the winter.
Being able to hold the ball under pressure isContinue reading
During the winter my teams play Futsal. I have always been frustrated by my team's lack of movement and interchanging of positions. The players tend to stay in a small area which creates fewer options.
I put the following session together in order teach my players to pass, move and be aware of the movements of their teammates. If each time a player passes and moves another player slides toContinue reading
With the outdoor season coming to an end in the Midwest of the United States, I’m turning my attention Futsal training. For anyone not familiar with Futsal, it’s played with a ball that is one size smaller than the ball the players use outdoor (U9-U12 play with a size three ball while U13 and aboveContinue reading
With the outdoor season coming to an end in the Midwest of the United States, I'm turning my attention Futsal training. For anyone not familiar with Futsal, it's played with a ball that is one size smaller than the ball the players use outdoor (U9-U12 play with a size three ball while U13 and above play with a size four). The ball is also constructed to have a low bounce to help keep it on the floor. The game is played on the same surface as a basketball court so the ball moves very quickly. These characteristics mean that it is sometimes easier to control with the sole of the foot rather than the inside of the foot.
During the outdoor season I discourageContinue reading