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Futsal Training

Session Planning

Try to incorporate ONE of each of these (bullets) in each session. Bear in mind that the speed you progress will depend on the ability and age of your group (length guide in brackets)

 

 

  • Principle (6-8 weeks) – COMING SOON
  • Capability (6-8 weeks) – COMING SOON
  • Core Skills – Attacking (3-5 weeks)
  • Core Skills – Defending (4-6 weeks)
 
N.B. Only incorporate these for intermediate classes and upwards:
  • Core Moves – (6-8 weeks)
  • Set pieces & Routines
 
(P.S. In time, we’ll add some Practice ideas for you at the bottom of this page)

Principles

Details coming up soon........

Capability

Details coming up soon........

Core Skills - Attacking

Tip: If you feel the class are keen/capable of learning multiple skills at once, set up various skills stations (i.e. similar to circuit training) so they can move from one to the next. Don't overstretch yourself by trying to do too many skills 🙂

Shuffle Dribble

Detail:

  • Usually performed on the wings
  • Keep the ball between your feet
  • Face the opposition
  • Angle your body against the wing

Benefits:

  • Protect the ball between your feet
  • Advance up the pitch easily
  • You can go left or right of the opposition

The Sole

Detail:

  • ‘Toes-to-sky’
  • Put your arm out to protect the ball

Benefits:

  • Stops the ball dead
  • Control the ball immediately
  • Can push off in any direction

Toe-Poke Finish

Detail:

  • Usually performed closer to goal

Benefits:

  • Quick finish can take the GK / defender by surprise
  • Less backlift / run-up required

Rolling Touch

Detail:

  • The ball never stops
  • Roll the ball in the direction you want to play / go
  • Can you play forward?

Benefits:

  • Difficult to defend against as the ball doesn’t stop
  • You maintain good control at all times

Stop Touch

Detail:

  • Generally this move takes you back in the direction you came
  • ‘Open Stop Turn’ (ball infront of you)
  • ‘Closed Stop Turn’ (similar to a mini-dragback or Cruyff turn)
  • Keep the ball under your body

Benefits:

  • The ball stays very close to you
  • Quick, easy way to get out of trouble 🙂
  • Change direction of play very quickly

Arrowed throw (goalkeeper)

Detail:

  • (Skill 2 in the link above)
  • Throw the ball at hip or shoulder height

Benefits:

  • More accurate
  • Faster (as less time in the air)

First time finish

Detail:

  • The ball never stops
  • Roll the ball in the direction you want to play / go
  • Can you play forward?

Benefits:

  • Difficult to defend against as the ball doesn’t stop
  • You maintain good control at all times

‘La Croqueta’ (The Iniesta)

Detail:

  • Shuffle the ball quickly from left to right, or right to left
  • The ball moves much wider than the width of a normal stance

Benefits:

  • Keeps the ball between your feet
  • Very effective in tight spaces
  • Can be used standing still, or on the move

Laces shot with power

Detail:

  • Strike the ball with the ‘laces’ part of your foot
  • Focus on technique first
  • Build up power slowly

Benefits:

  • Accuracy AND power 🙂

Chip pass (‘La Parallel’)

Detail:

  • A clipped / chipped pass at knee height, generally down the wing

Benefits:

  • Slower pass allowing the receiver more time to get the ball and usually a better angle to shoot
  • The clip / chip beats the low block (with the foot) from the opposition defender

Rolling Turn

Detail:

  • Striker (pivot) receives the ball with their back to goal
  • ‘Feels’ the defender behind them and uses their body to roll and set up the shot

Benefits:

  • Difficult to defend against
  • Striker can go both ways

High, hard, near post

Detail:

  • (Head to 1:14 on the video)
  • Aim for the top corner, near post

Benefits:

  • The GK will usually cover the far post and bottom far corner 

Receiving the ball on your back foot

Detail:

  • NB This is different to football, where the back foot = the foot furthest from where the ball us coming from, enabling you to play the ball forward quickly
  • Back foot in Futsal means the foot furthest away from the opposition player
  • This is usually used when you are under pressure – otherwise, you should play forward 🙂

Benefits:

  • Your body protects the ball 
  • Use the opposition player to roll and spin

Outside of the foot pass

Detail:

  • Flick the ball with the outside of your foot 🙂

Benefits:

  • Deceives the opposition
  • Quick to execute

Core Skills - Defending

Tip: You can create exercises / sessions for some of these, and for others it will be more appropriate to demonstrate. In both cases, feel free to stop the session if you see opportunities to explain the skills to players during exercises/matches

I'll add session ideas below 🙂
  1. Man-marking (stay with your player) – MARKING
  2. Keep looking at the opponent and the ball – INTERCEPTING
  3. Get low – makes it easier to change direction – PRESSING
  4. Ensure you can see the goal and the ball – MARKING
  5. Get your body across the attacker – INTERCEPTING
  6. Front foot challenging – CHALLENGING
  7. Position yourself between your opponents and your goal – MARKING
  8. Protect the middle of the court – MARKING
  9. Push your hand out to keep the player away – MARKING
  10. Back foot challenging (last ditch) – CHALLENGING
  11. Match stride and step across their path – CHALLENGING
  12. Force the opposition onto their weaker foot – PRESSING
  13. Challenge on the ‘first touch’ – any sooner and they will be marked, any slower and it’s too late. Looser marking also means you can cover a teammate – COVERING & RECOVERING
  14. Tighter marking on a player means they need less cover – COVERING & RECOVERING
MARKING
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