Futsal at the Runcorn Linnets Junior Football Club

Futsal at the Runcorn Linnets Junior Football Club

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Technical skill must always have a relationship with the game (application). Problem solving, decision making, intuition, anticipation, and technical skill must be developed in the context of games.

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The game, and involvement of playing the game, is most important. Too often, these activities on the individual basis are 'drills' and are not realistic as far as the demands of the game are concerned. Technical skills should not be viewed as 'tricks' or 'gimmicks', but in the end, must be practical to use in the game. Futsal games consist of 2 halves with 20 minutes each. During the game, each team is permitted one timeout of 60 seconds each half.

Futsal - The Basics

The priority in Futsal is to motivate players in an environment that is conducive to learning. The more pleasure kids derive from their participation, the more they wish to play and practice on their own. While their instinct to play is natural, their affection and appreciation for Football must be cultivated. Futsal is the foundation to such goals because it:

  • Allows players to frequently touch the one 'toy' on the field, namely, the ball.
  • Presents many opportunities to score goals.
  • Encourages regaining possession of the ball as a productive, fun and rewarding part of the game (defending).
  • Maximizes active participation and minimizes inactivity and boredom.
  • Provides a well organized playing environment.
  • Reflects the philosophy of player development expressed in state and national coaching schools.
  • Eliminates complicated rules such as off-sides that may hinder youngsters from 'playing'.
  • Makes the game more 'beginning coach' friendly because the game is simpler, thus making it easier to recruit more volunteer coaches.
  • Allows the game to be the teacher!
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Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing... also for dribbling, balance, concentration... Futsal was very, very important, no doubt. - Pele, World Cup Winner: 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Futsal at the Runcorn Linnets Junior Football Club

It Works!

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal as children and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi, to name but a few of the South American legends who all played and enjoyed Futsal. Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi, Fabregas, Philipe Coutinho amongst many others have all played Futsal to develop their skills. Futsal is now a large part of every Premier League Club's Youth Academy Programme.

FA Futsal Related Downloads

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FA Futsal - Getting Started Guidance and Resource

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FA Futsal - Benefits Guidance and Resource

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FA Futsal - Facilities Guidance and Resource

How Old?

Our Futsal sessions are aimed at children from 5 to 16 years old. So there is scope for players of these ages to keep learning Futsal in a relaxed, fun and structured atmosphere.


Our Futsal Coach

If you'd like to find out more about Futsal, you can contact our coach Peter Stevenson. He is the Head of Futsal at the Runcorn Linnets, here is his email address:

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