Yesterday evening at Bolton One – the University of Bolton’s state of the art sports facility, England Futsal coach Ian Bateman delivered a unique Futsal session for the youngsters in the Wanderers Soccer Schools Development Groups.
Ian Bateman is a FA Coach educator specialising in Futsal and is currently the Head Coach of England’s First Team in Futsal.
Our Development groups (Under 9s/Under 10s and Under 11s/Under 12s) participated in Ian’s Futsal/CPD session, with both groups arriving for their own individual sessions with the coach. The Wanderers Soccer Schools Development centre is designed to bridge the gap between grassroots and academy football, all players who take part in our Development Centres have been invited in by the club.
Ian introduced the boys to Futsal and taught them the technical aspects of the game as well as the rules and tactics. It was great for our players to see how many transferable skills there are from Futsal into football. The sessions designed by Ian were all based in tight areas and handling the ball under pressure with lots going on.
Starting in September, Wanderers Soccer Schools will have their own Futsal Centre for our development players both in foundation and youth phase. This will be designed to introduce Futsal into our Syllabus and subsequently compete against other Futsal centres around the country. Eventually we are looking to up-skill coaches and players and roll out more Futsal sessions across the community.
The main principle differences were the size of the playing area and rules of the game as well as the size and weight of the ball. The 5v5 matches and drills also challenged players in many different ways.
The constraints of the game itself will draw out lots of positive returns: technical, tactical, physical, psychological, social and more which can be transferred into football. The game has many technical gains for players and teaches them how to play in tight areas as well as being creative of the ball to create space.
Some of the best players in the world played Futsal at an early age which has helped with their overall development. It is also great for out of possession work with units, for example teams dropping off to defend compact or looking to be aggressive and pressing high up the court.
The Lead Football Development Officer for the Community Trust, and a lead Wanderers Soccer Schools coach – Dave Walton said:
“I would like to say a massive thank you to Ian Bateman for taking time out to deliver a Futsal CPD event for our Wanderers Soccer Schools staff and Development players.”
”Coaches and players both took a lot away from the evening and it gave us a great insight into Futsal and how many transferable skills there are into the game of football.”
”Players loved the experience and are looking forward to making Futsal part of their development next season!”
”Wanderers Soccer Schools will be running Futsal sessions next season for our Development groups as we look to make Futsal a big part of our provision in the future as we look to up skill coaches to deliver Futsal sessions across the community and compete in leagues.”