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Futsal style

FIFA, 05 Jul 2022

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To start off the session, players work in pairs to complete various short exercises, checking their heart rate at the end of each one. The session then moves on to a 5v5 futsal game which consists of a 2v2 in each half of the pitch. To finish, players partake in a free-flowing 5v5 futsal match.

Warm-up: Heart-to-heart, heart-rate practice in pairs

Organisation

  • Begin by teaching the players to check their heart rate
  • Explain that the easiest way is by placing two fingers on your wrist or neck to check the pulse, counting for 30 seconds and then doubling the number
  • The players then work in pairs to complete various short exercises, checking their heart rate at the end of each
  • Promote a discussion among the group about differences in heart rate and the reasons for them
  • Ask the players how much physical activity they typically do in a week
  • Ask them if they think it’s enough or could/should do more

Great questions to ask the players

  • Would you like to be fitter and healthier?
  • What do you think contributes to your overall wellness?
  • Is there anything you could do better to help you keep fit?

Safety tips

  • Do not create fear around the heart-rate numbers that the players report; use the answers as discussion opportunities
  • Highlight that heart rate is a very individual characteristic and numbers should not be compared

Skill development: 5v5 futsal-style, 2v2 in each half

Organisation

  • Play 5v5 on a small pitch, indoors if possible
  • Split the pitch in half and play 2v2 in each half, plus goalkeepers
  • The players are limited to their own half, so they are either attackers or defenders
  • Give everyone the chance to play in both halves
  • Use a futsal ball if you have one

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Play with two balls at the same time, starting with throws from the goalkeepers
  • One of a team's defenders can move into the attacking half when his/her team has the ball

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Limit the number of touches in each half

Great questions to ask the players

  • What differences does playing with a futsal ball make?
  • What does the heavier ball make you do differently?
  • Can you think of other ways you might pass the ball?
  • Do you prefer playing as a defender or as an attacker? Why?

Game application: 5v5, futsal-style

Organisation

  • Play 5v5 on a small pitch, indoors if possible
  • Use a futsal ball if you have one
  • Introduce the players to some basic futsal rules such as:
    • kick-ins instead of throw-ins
    • goal clearances (always throws) instead of goal kicks
    • no offsides
    • rolling substitutions
    • five-offence rule: after five offences (of certain types), the next such offences outside the penalty area lead to a direct free kick, without a wall, from the 10m spot (or the place where the foul was committed, if the team taking the kick prefers)

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Only allow players to defend in their attacking half
  • Allow unlimited backpasses to the goalkeeper as a team's fifth player

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Limit the number of touches a player can take before releasing the ball
  • Goalkeepers cannot throw the ball over the halfway line

Great questions to ask the players

  • What differences does playing with a futsal ball and/or futsal rules make?
  • What does the heavier ball make you do differently?
  • Can you think of other ways you might pass the ball?

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