Futsal Sessions

The Club are delighted to announce that from April 2020 we will be offering weekly Futsal sessions

Sessions will start Friday 3rd April 7-8pm at Tarleton Academy Sports Hall

The Sessions will be run by our very own FA Qualified Futsal Coach & Referee

Cost per session is just £5

There are a limited number of spaces available to begin with. Places will be open to any U8 (Yr 3), U9 (Yr4) & U10 (Yr 5) age groups. The aim is to be able to provide more sessions across all Junior age groups in the near future.

What is Futsal?

Futsal is the format of Small Sided Football that is recognised and supported by FIFA and UEFA. Futsal began in the South American countries of Uruguay and Brazil. Futsal was the name chosen by FIFA, the World governing body of Football for the only version of 5-aside football
that it supports. The name simply combines the Spanish words for ‘Hall’ – Sala and ‘Football’ – Futbol into Futsal.

It is a five a side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game. Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development. Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta & Xavi to name but a few.

What are the benefits of Futsal?

Futsal as a game naturally brings players into regular one-on-one situations with their opponent, encouraging players into quick decision-making as
to how they overcome these scenarios; this could be through beating the opponent with a skill or through clever passing and combination play in tight areas with team mates. But one of the core attributes Futsal teaches young players is the importance of ball retention due to the threat of an immediate counter-attack. Confidence on the ball, receiving a pass under pressure, decision-making in 1v1 situations, and ball retention are all important fundamental skills that we look to developing young players that are practiced regularly within a game environment in Futsal.

“As a little boy in Argentina, I played Futsal on the streets and for my club. It was tremendous fun,
and it really helped me become who I am today”
Lionel Messi, FIFA World Footballer of the Year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

“Futsal is an extremely important way for kids to develop their skills and understanding of the game. My touch and my dribbling have come from playing Futsal.”
Ronaldinho, FIFA World Footballer of the Year 2004 & 2005

“During my childhood in Portugal, all we played was Futsal. The small playing area
helped me improve my close control, and whenever I played Futsal I felt free.
If it wasn’t for Futsal, I wouldn’t be the player I am today.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, 106 games & 43 goals for Portugal