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Question for coaches and managers to solve:

Coach Kevin Bryant guides youngsters on the Futsal training session at the YMCA in Grimsby.
PICTURE: Rick Byrne / Grimsby Telegraph

Saturday morning I was coaching a group of u9 futsal players, could have been football as the session would have been suitable for either sports.

Initially I had boys playing 3 vs. 3 on a small court with meter wide goals. All the attacking players had to be in the opposition half for a goal to count.

The lads sorted any problems like ‘ducks to water.’ Diagonal passes, tap ins at the back post; they supported the player with the ball; and was always in a position to clearly see the ball, it was all there. The defences played their part, making sure any goal conceded was not down to individual laziness.

Why then should the session collapse when one team was given an extra player? More to the point why did the team with the extra player not capitalise? Why did the four stop working to be in space? Why did the players without the ball move inwards towards the man with the ball rather than retreat to the open spaces on the outside of the court to make it harder for the three defenders? Why did the four stop fighting to create space for themselves; why did the four stop looking after the ball; why did the four shoot at any opportunity regardless whether they had a realistic chance to score. Why did the four lose?

In some ways, like a football team losing a player, having to play 10 vs. 11; galvanises the 10. I’m not sure it’s same with my players. I suspect that 3 vs. 3 is maximum complexity players at this age can solve? Just adding a player increases the passing and movement complexities hugely. Imagine if this is correct how complex a 7 vs. 7 game is to an under 9 age group.

Gymnasts’ and karate coaches repeat and repeat the same sessions to build up muscle/brain memory links; should I be doing same every week? Should I be keeping games to 3 vs. 3 and later increasing to 4 vs. 4?


Your thoughts?

Kevin Bryant

Junior pole axed heading a football, how he would have loved it was softer futsal ball

Sunday, after a sizable break, I went to watch my 11 year old grandson play 9 aside football. What a massive difference from watching some of the same lads playing futsal. Playing futsal the lads are on flat surface, the court is small so the players have to demonstrate close ball techniques, the game is fast, not hampered by a large muddy pitch that the football lads had to conquer before they could think about playing football.

St Georges futsal pitch

The futsal player has no excuse for a bad pass; the footballer has many excuses, all rational and real. For a start he has to look at ball till the last second, the ball could hit a divot at any point, only when the player has the ball can he look up and assess the options around him. Too late, you have to evaluate before the pass arrives.

Could have been worse, this was Wembley after an American football match. Tottenham played Manchester City on it one week later.

Saturday, by contrast, I watched Chelsea vs. Manchester City on television. The teams were playing football on a manicured pitch. Cut twice every day, underground irrigation and heating systems, my grandson and his mates would love to play on such a pitch. If they could their passing levels and passing choices would improve hugely.

Finally to the ball, the day was freezing cold and every long kick was preceded with a dead sound as boot struck a ball devoid of life. One player headed a high ball and ended prostrate to the floor. It had hurt; it had been like heading a brick. A new ball was found and air taken out of it before game proceeded.

Cheap footballs are a danger; they have a very thin plastic outer skin and a wafer thin bladder that offers no protection to the skull. More expensive match balls, if genuine, have a thick bladder and a softer leather outer layer. A futsal ball is seldom headed, but it does happen, the futsal ball bladder is filled with foam rubber, making it 100% more safe than a football, as the pole axed youngster would confirm. Click to have a look inside a futsal ball.

On the flip side, it can be great fun playing on grass and when you’re young the pitch and weather is forgotten because you’re playing with your mates.

Sure you will have your own opinions.

SHEFFIELD FC FUTSAL COACHING SEMINAR: If you can make this event do so; You will Learn more in a day than you may have learnt in previous 12 months

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After more than 9-10 months working behind the scenes, very proud and happy to announce my come back to Sheffield FC – The World’s First Football Club as a new Head of Futsal Philosophy & Coaching Methodology. Sheffield FC – The World’s First Football Club was the club that gave me the first opportunity to be a Head Coach back in 2012. I spent 2 season with them, probably the seasons where I enjoyed coaching. Together we achieved things that we never thought we would when I signed for them. All this possible to the new partnership established between Sheffield FC – The World’s First Football Club and Bay Area Futsal Club.

Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno

As part of this new partnership, I am also very happy to announce that we have put together a Futsal Coaching Seminar in the City of the Steel on the 6th January 2019. Do not miss out this great opportunity to learn futsal. I am very looking forward to meeting good friends and visit a very nice city that it is on my heart. More info about registration below:


Thursday games was played on a bitterly cold night, but players brushed that aside to produce three entertaining matches.

Thursday morning was continuous rain with high winds and I was getting phone calls that Novartis pitch was holding water. A decision was made to check the pitch and weather forecast at 1 p.m. The forecast was bizarre; from 5 p.m. onwards, winds would drop and no rain. Was I looking at Grimsby in another country?



Clee Red 1-14 Seven Seas

Clee Community Reds
November 2018

Newcomers Clee Community Reds vs. Seven Seas. Seas might be young but they are experienced. Most will have played 100+ games of futsal before hitting teens. Seas won 14-1 but score does not tell full story; Reds for first ten minutes matched Seas player for player and was moving the ball with some expertise. Seas experience told when they were attacking; their finishing was on another level. Blues will only learn the techniques of futsal scoring by playing more games.

Seas and Clee leave field for a half time team talk
November 2018

Clee Blue 2-9 Red Devil’s 

Clee Blues had mighty task of taming Red Devils, newcomers to league who have set off like a runaway train. The Devil’s have challenged the league with some great play; Blues to their credit took the game to Devil’s and scored couple themselves.

Healing 11-3 Sydney Park 

Healing moved the ball with speed and a purpose Sydney struggled to cope with. Sydney moved players around but outcome was same. For Sydney not having a substitute player took its toll as the five on court got no respite.


The scores point to a one sided night, from the touchline it was not that way. Every team had an outstanding moment; every team had a player that did something special. Winning is great, but development is equally important. Not all teams start at same base point.