Andy Edwards Clifton United U14 coach on the virtues of Futsal
I have been coaching Clifton United under 14's since September and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We train for two hours every Wednesday on an AstroTurf surface at Clifton - the kids have enjoyed the sessions and have noticeably improved since the start of the season. One factor that has accelerated their development is the introduction of weekly Futsal sessions.
I am relatively new to coaching Futsal, having only attended the FA Futsal Level 1 course last summer, but have become a huge fan of the sport. Futsal is usually played indoors (we use Redland Green School) so we can avoid the wind and rain that has been affecting football so much recently. The 5-a-side game is played with a heavier ball, which lends itself to creative play, with technical skills and quick, short passing on display in every game. The rules, including a four second restart rule, mean the matches are very fast paced with all the players constantly involved. There can be a basketball-like nature to the game with players constantly switching between attacking and defending. Futsal is a fantastic, fun sport in its own right (the under 14's have loved playing it) and it helps the kids develop lots of skills that transfer to the 11-a-side game. I have watched kids quickly develop confidence/comfort on the ball and tenacity to win it back when they lose it.
The reason for this blog is to encourage everyone to give Futsal a try! Take the opportunities already available at Clifton United, hassle your team manager to create opportunities or try some sessions. JW Football already run Futsal session for U10, U11 and U14 and if there is interest then it maybe be possible to add additional age group sessions