We launched our first open development centre for Futsal this week at Star as the cold winter night?s draw ever closer.
The interest in the under 9s age group was very high and we have been able to form a team that is playing in the Futsal Festivals over the winter months.
We give 7 reasons why young footballers should play Futsal.
Ball Mastery & Control
Futsal is played with a ball that is 30% heavier than a football and this gives confidence to young players when learning ball mastery skills. Ball manipulation in Futsal is mainly with the sole and ball control is on the front foot.
This alone widens the toolbox of ball mastery skills and many of the world?s most skilful players? credit playing Futsal as a major benefit when they were young boys.
Improves Decision Making
The constraint of the game having a 4-second restart rule makes Futsal a really fast game. This means players learn to play and think faster.
Futsal is played on a smaller pitch than football 5v5 pitches, the tight spaces encourages players to be creative when on the ball.
This is enhanced by the laws of the game that punish all physical contact fouls, players have the freedom to try flicks and tricks..
More Touches Of The Ball Than Football
In football, the pitch sizes only get bigger, the small pitch and continuous play means Futsal players have more touches of the ball during matches.
This alone will improve their technical skills on the ball, plus developing their agility, balance, co-ordination & speed (ABC?s) at a faster rate than just playing football.
Give Physical Rewards
The players just don?t get time to stand and watch, as they?re always involved in the game. This continuous action boosts the cardio capacity of young players and the rolling substitutions means the players are encouraged to play with high tempo in short bursts.
Offers Social Benefits
Because of only having players on court and rolling substitutions encourages players to have ownership on the part the play when sitting on the bench.
Challenges can be made to players to discuss while on the side to improve their learning and understanding of the game.
It's Just Great Fun!
For the parents, during the winter as it will be played indoors in sports halls, this gives them a break from the elements.
More importantly, the players just love playing the sport and once they have tried it once, they?re usually hooked.
Playing Futsal For Star
We?re looking for under 7?s & under 8s players to form more Futsal teams in the future.
Star Futsal is open to all players currently training at our football development centres and other players who wish to get involved in Futsal.
Free Futsal Session (u7s & u8s) - Saturday 7th December 2019 at 12:30pm
Just fill the form below and let us know that you're interested in getting your little star invovled in Futsal.