Just wanted to share some thoughts on today's games.
Overall, very pleased with how we quickly adapted to the games and the spirit in which we played: enthusiastically, fairly, positively and at a good level of technical play. This will be a great space for us to learn, regardless of the opposition. Although we outplayed our opponents, we struggled in areas but hopefully by the end of the season we will play a lot more technical fluency.
I very much enjoyed watching the kids play!
Eli: MVP for DUSC vs. Red Bulls. Always looking to create and also worked exceptionally hard off the ball. Played with a lot of heart. Always great to see.
Jesse: MVP for DUSC vs. Barecelona. Although the scoreline didn't reflect that he was under a lot of pressure, he pulled off excellent saves when called upon and was a team leader, always communicating. When he moved out of goal he make good decisions and moved well off the ball -- PLUS, his teammates gave him the vote !
Three points for us to look to improve on for next week:
1. Be much quicker to mark up defensively -- too often ball watching and allowing players to run past us. KEY: Ensure we can see both player and the ball. Also help each other communicate and stay concentrated. Not only be responsible for yourself but others on the team.
Make the space bigger -- in transition too slow to create space and move to support player on the ball. Futsal and its rules demands quicker thinking & reaction.
Offer clear passing lanes which reduce possibility of interception
Offer support from behind as an outlet and to balance play -- tendency to be too "square" in support. ANGLES!
3. Decision making -- many times overcomplicate play. see the play early and before receiving the ball to allow for a better decision/first touch to set up the play. Develop better mental pictures of the game to anticipate play and make better decisions:
-First touch into space away from the defender (know where defenders are)
-Movement away from defender (know where the defenders are)
-Movement in relation to teammates. Need to think about distance and angle of support (Know where teammates are)
"My mentality has always been to create and to do so based on quality, clear intentions, top quality work and a good basic idea. In football it's not the same thing to coach as it is to teach. There are many coaches in the game, but too few good teachers. In football there are two things: One is the result, the other is what youngsters see and feel and are inspired by when they watch. That's why I'm famous, that's why people write about me still. The work I've done has always been so that young people have something valuable to copy and imitate -- work ethic, comportment, willingness to try new things and accepting victory and defeat with similar grace".
DUSC ACADEMY----DO YOU HAVE ANY COOL TRICKS, MOVES YOU WANT TO SHARE??
The FA is finally embracing futsal, with the game growing on these shores and clubs implementing it into their academies
The passing was crisp and incisive, the movement restlessly purposeful; the relentless pace of the game and ambitious dribbling on show were yielding goalscoring opportunities continuously. It was, by common consent, a feast of technical excellence, gladdening the heart of anyone keen to witness controlled creativity on a pitch.
This was last weekend – but the venue was not the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, where Andrés Iniesta and the tiki-taka brigade were pulversing Andrea Pirlo's Italy in the Euro 2012 final. It was 1,600 miles away in the Birmingham Futsal Arena, where a bunch of 10-year-olds from East Hull Saints were up against Whiteknights Toffees from Reading in the national youth futsal finals.
They were among the 80 junior futsal teams – boys and girls aged 10 to 16 – who had qualified for the finals of the sixth annual tournament of the booming football offshoot.
Born in Uruguay in 1930, futsal is the indoor version of five-a-side football officially sanctioned by Fifa and Uefa and has become synonymous with Brazilian flair – from Pelé to Ronaldinho's dancing toe-poke goal against Chelsea in 2005. More recently, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and the Spanish rondo matadors have all paid tribute to the beneficial effects of playing futsal in their youth.
The merits of the game itself are undeniable. It's five-a-side on amphetamines, played on an indoor court with hockey-size goals. Goalkeepers and players taking corners and kick-ins get only four seconds to distribute the ball. Technique, speed, ball mastery and possession are all vital.
The English FA is, unsurprisingly, a latecomer to the party; but now that it has turned up, kicked off its Dr Martens and hung up its duffle coat, it's actually starting to get down to the samba beat.
This year's national youth futsal tournament was easily the biggest in its brief six-year history. More than 1,200 teams were whittled down through 25 county FA competitions and eight regional finals. Played against the backdrop of the latest biennial outburst of introspection triggered by the England team's display in an international tournament, the timing of the finals in Birmingham was particularly apt.
"The growth of futsal fits perfectly with the way that our new developments around the young player are going," said Peter Sturgess, the FA's head of development for 5- to 11-year-old players, who doubles up as coach of the England men's futsal team. "The planets are aligning and futsal has come on to the radar just as there is a real focus on technical development, possession-based games, real game understanding and tactical nous. I think the two – technical development and futsal – go hand in hand," he added.
The usual culprits for English football's failings have been brought before the court yet again in the past 10 days. At the top of the game, it's either the lingering influence of the Charles Hughes POMO obsession of yesteryear, or the similarly prevalent tactical straitjacket of 4-4-2, or the Premier League clubs' obsession with foreign imports snuffing out the chances of homegrown prodigies.
Down at the grassroots it's either too few decent grass pitches and the foul weather; or the army of grassroots parents and "coaches" bludgeoning eight-year-olds into winning at all costs, or too few qualified, progressive coaches working with young players, or too little funding for Charter Standard clubs. And don't forget the socially and culturally complicated demise of street football over the past 30 years.
The one aspect that appears to be changing, however, is the FA's acceptance of a need for a revolution in coaching youth footballers. Two years ago we had the publication of the Future Game, an imperfect template for development of players that contains much to admire but arguably lacks a philosophical paradigm. A year earlier the FA launched its Youth Awards to end the embarrassing absence of age-appropriate, child-centred coach education.
Then six weeks ago the long-awaited proposals to overhaul grassroots football – smaller pitches, smaller-sided games, child-centred competition – were approved in an attempt to dispense with the obsession with winning at the expense of development in youth football. And, of course, we've got the symbolism of the imminent opening of St George's Park, the putative crucible of training for a new generation of progressive coaches.
It's not just at the grassroots where smaller-sided games have made an impression. A pioneering year-long study of the benefits of four v four games at Manchester United's academy in 2005 revealed it threw up many more opportunities for dribbling, passing, one v ones and goalscoring.
The Premier League clubs now include futsal in their winter games programme for academy players. Everton's academy began experimenting with it at the start of last season. After initially playing on indoor artificial grass pitches at their Finch Farm training complex, they decided to fully embrace the game.
"We really wanted to do it properly," said Neil Dewsnip, the head coach at Everton's academy. "So we contacted a local school and now once a week, we take our Under-nines, Under-10s and Under-11s over to the school hall and let them play futsal. We have a futsal player, Ray Redmond, who coaches them. And it's a case of putting them on the pitch with a futsal ball, telling them the rules and letting them get on and play. We'll do a few futsal-specific drills but essentially it's playing time.
"It really slides in nicely to their games programme and we believe it can improve the allround technical ability of our players. It's played at such a high tempo that every player is constantly engaged. This can only be good for their development."
Everton were among the five English clubs whose academy teams reached the finals of the Premier League futsal tournament, where they took on the might of Barcelona and the renowned Madrid-based futsal club Inter Movistar. Manchester City triumphed in the Under-12s competition. Barcelona clinched the Under-15s title.
Back down at the grassroots, many Charter Standard clubs will cite the burden of extra cost and lack of indoor facilities as barriers to fully embracing futsal. For Sturgess at the FA, however, the case for more indoor futsal is unequivocal because it wins on two counts: technical development and the weather.
"A typical seven-year-old doesn't have the biological or physiological capacity to deal with extremes of heat and cold," he said. "So bringing them indoors to a fairly even temperature works. From a technical point of view, they are going to get so many more touches of the ball. But it's not just the number of touches, it's the situations they occur in: they are nearly always going to be under pressure; there will always be constraints on time and space.
"Grassroots junior clubs are increasingly taking kids indoors so their football development can continue in the winter months," he said. "Futsal is the vehicle for this change."
The scale of these changes are difficult to estimate. In the world of FA coaching, another development over the past few years has been the rise of the buzz phrase: "Let the game be the teacher."
The message is clear, the practical implications less so. But while the FA tries to get to grips with educating a new generation of coaches, it could do much worse than ensure that as many young players as possible are left in the capable hands of the great teacher of Ronaldo, Messi, Iniesta and more: futsal.
A brief history of futsal
• Devised by Juan Carlos Ceriani in Uruguay in 1930 as a form of five-a-side to be played in YMCAs.
• Futsal is a fusion of the Spanish/Portuguese words for football (futbol) and hall (sala).
• The game is predominantly played indoors on a basketball court-size pitch, with hockey-size goals and a smaller, heavier ball with a restricted bounce. Goalkeepers and players taking corners or kick-ins (no throw-ins allowed) are allowed only four seconds to distribute the ball.
• Fifa research this year revealed 150 of the 209 member associations were now playing futsal – an 18% rise on 2006. The rise in participation was most marked among in Africa.
• The German FA hosted its first futsal coaching course last month.
• As well as being the game of choice for youngsters in South America, it is also played in schools in Spain and Portugal up to the age 11 – as well as at the famed Barcelona academy, La Masia.
• The England adults' futsal team was formed in 2003. They have never qualified for the Uefa Futsal Championship or the Fifa World Futsal Cup and are ranked 90th in the world – one place behind Tahiti. Spain are in 1st.
“In 2000, when we started working full-time again, I proposed a complex thing and sensed while he was doing it that it was more and more perfect. He then explained at the end why I had asked him to do it. It was fascinating to me. He had understood as an athlete how to do it but also understood why. He had the internal and external aspects covered. He’s not someone who consumes. He’s someone who creates.”
WHY 2v2 is BETTER THAN 1v1
".....One-on-one is great for practicing individual moves and finishing. In many ways, one-on-one is the foundation of basketball, as there are courts across the world where two guys (usually) are playing one-on-one. From a development perspective, I prefer two-on-two..."
LESSONS FROM A BASKETBALL COACH:
"Games are important. We play basketball to play basketball, not to train to play basketball. Initially, games serve as the best method for introducing numerous skills and concepts. If one tried to teach a novice player everything about basketball before allowing him to play, nobody would ever play the game, because most people would quit before they learned half of basketball's rules, concepts, strategies, techniques and tactics. However, by playing, players learn the rules, skills and strategies through a trial and error process which is refined through coaching and experience....."
Hello U9 Academy Players & Parents,
Below are the final standings for the group of stage of our Winter League. Also included are the playoffs schedule.
|Webber ||Isaiah ||Will Jenkins||Tessa||Nacho||Joshua
|Team ||Win/Loss/Tie ||Goals For||Goals Against||Points
Quaterfinals Schedule 2/11:
|12||Game 1: Webber (White) 9x5 Nacho (Blue) FRIENDLY
||9 x 5|
||Game 2: Tessa (White) 8x8 Isaiah (Blue)
||1 x 2 Penalties|
||Game 3: Joshua (White) 6x6 Will Jenkins (Blue)
||3 x 1 Penalties|
Semifinals Schedule 2/18:
|12||Game 4: Tessa (White) vs Will Jenkins (Blue) FRIENDLY
||Game 5: Webber (White) vs Isaiah (Blue)
||Game 6: Nacho (White) vs Joshua (Blue)
Finals Schedule 2/25:
|12||5th Place: Loser of Game 2 (White) vs Loser of Game 3 (Blue)
||3rd Place: Loser of Game 5 (White) vs Loser of Game 6 (Blue)
||Final: Winner of Game 5 (White) vs Winner of Game 6 (Blue)
Champions Challenge 3/3:
|12-2:30||Kids make their own teams to Challenge the Champions