Futsal: Using The Sole


One of the key techniques for playing futsal is manipulation & controlling the ball with the sole.

We explore why this core technical skill will put the sole into playing football.


Putting The Sole Into Football

Unlike grass pitches, players don?t get any bobbles of the ball in Futsal and generally the ball travels much faster in Futsal due to the surface and a ball that is 30% heavier than a football.

Each season more and more mini-soccer (5v5 & 7v7) matches are being played on 3G pitches, coupled with winter training, players in the foundation phase are regularly playing on a 3G surface.

Uptake of Futsal continues to be slow despite the FA preaching how important it is for player development.

Our take on this at Star Soccer Academy is; why use a small tool box of ball mastery skills, when you can unlock a much bigger one?

Ball Control

In Futsal the players receive the ball mainly on the front foot using the sole.

The sole provides a bigger surface and the heavier ball means less bounce so young players quickly gain confidence when using this technique to control the ball.

In controlling the ball in Futsal it?s important to speed off the ball to retain possession and set up the next phase of play.

Ball Manipulation

As the ball is already on the sole players will sole role the ball to start dribbling or running with the ball, make passes or take shots on goal.

Young players quickly learn a whole host of ball manipulation skills using the sole.

The flat rubber sole trainers and heavier ball ensures that the ball becomes more of an extension of the foot.

Players gain confidence quickly and are willing to try new tricks.

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.

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