IEFC Winter Training adds Futsal Skills Development Program
Indiana Elite FC is committed to pursuing excellence in all aspects of our organization, paying very close attention to our player’s environment - one in which they can be constantly challenged, and that strengthens their overall skills development. IEFC is proud to announce that we have fully incorporated Futsal into our routine winter training.
Futsal is one of the most popular soccer variations in the world of soccer, and many believe it is vital to the development of players. If you and your athlete are serious about skills and technique development, futsal is the superior activity.
Futsal promotes better technique and develops skills more rapidly. It is the "expressway" to correct soccer player development. It is time well spent.
What exactly is Futsal?
Futsal is an indoor version of football. Futsal is played with a size 3 or size 4 ball, which is slightly heavier and smaller than the size 5 ball typically used. Players fight to keep the ball from crossing the touch line and you’ll immediately begin to see how futsal develops skill, control, and technique. A small field with lines puts players constantly under pressure from other players and out-of-play boundaries. Players must learn to settle the ball rapidly, cut sharply, shield effectively, pass quickly and move into space.
Futsal is supported by FIFA
FIFA says Futsal is better. The Brazilians are among the many nations that swear by it. Pele, Ronaldo, Robinho, Romario, Zico, Adriano, Kaka and Bebeto all credit Futsal for much of their skill and technique development. All the major heads of soccer and FIFA declared that this is the way to go. Once your player experiences Futsal, the benefits will be clear.
What the pros are saying
"As a kid, you need to touch the ball as much as you can. You should always be with the ball. You should have a feeling that wherever the ball is, you can do anything with it. No matter where it is, where it is on your body, how it's spinning, how it's coming at you, the speed it's coming at you, anything. You can learn the tactical side of the game later. It's amazing to me that people put so much emphasis on trying to be tactical and worry about winning when it doesn't matter when you're 12 years old. We're going to have big, strong, fast players. We're Americans, we're athletes. But if we never learn at an early age to be good on the ball, then it's just useless."- Landon Donovan, US National Team
"At 12, I joined an indoor "Futebol' De Salao" league to play Futsal. Futsal is a game played on a hard surface with a small ball made to roll -- not bounce. Your footwork had to be good to move in and out of traffic, since the pitch was so small -- about the size of a basketball court. I loved the challenge of playing in such tight spaces."- Ronaldo, National Team, Real Madrid