Author Archives: Kevin Bryant

Hull 7 London Warriors 9 – Matty Payne & Liam Highton star for Hull – But what a venue!

New Hull University Sports Hall

Great that two Grimsby players assisted Hull in their FA Futsal Cup venture 2019.

Oddest of games, Warriors opened up a 2-0 lead only for Hull to go in 3-2 a head at break. Warriors was poor first half and Hull maybe went in complacent and resting on the laurels of their comeback.

Second half Warriors dominated, went five goals ahead and then went off boil and was struggling to see game out. With one minute forty left on clock Hull was within a goal of levelling. Cool heads was needed and a game plan; not to be Warriors scored two late goals to deny Hull what would have been a remarkable comeback.

New Hull University sports hall has it all; three courts; goals that can be elevated high onto walls at a touch of a button. Grimsby has nothing to compare.

Goals that elevate to wall

Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno delivers a Sheffield FC Futsal Coaching Master Class

Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno & Kevin Bryant

Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno clipboard magic

I arrived with 20 years futsal coaching experience, I have seen several international coaches work, this was out there with the best. When you watch a top man coach and you leave deflated that they was that good and your ego has been punctured, that coach was good.

Dan’s work can be found on the internet, try clicking here for starters. His work covers all ages and abilities.

Report from Meglio on their venture to play teams from around world in Barcelona

We suffered 2 defeats in our first two games to FC Barcelona (Spain) and São Paulo (Brazil). We didn’t play well in either of these games and we were disappointed with our levels.
In the third game we recovered from 5-2 down to beat a combined USA/Argentina team 8-7 in a thrilling game. We scored the winner with less than 20 seconds left to play.

This gave us a place in the playoffs against Melbourne (Australia). We successfully won this game 12-7 with a strong performance to book our place in the playoff final against Pescolda Machida (Japan). It was a wonderful game against the Japanese which swung back and forth – ultimately we just missed out 7-9 on the scoreboard despite creating more opportunities to score.

We finished in 6th place overall and 2nd place in terms of European teams – we are very proud of what we have achieved competing against some of the very best in the World.

Rio Futsal Academy (Brazil) beat FC Barcelona in the final to become World Champions – congratulations to them.

Meglio player Harvey Tomlinson finished tournament as top goal scorer and returned home with the ‘Golden Boot’.

Sam Vincent


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