Senior futsal has a negative and a positive, standard of futsal from teams playing gets higher, but creates a problem for new teams as they struggle to match the knowledge gained by the more experienced teams over years of playing.
It amazes me that with all the published research that futsal benefits the 11v11 player more than 6v6 or any other combination higher than 5v5, why leagues and teams play 6v6 or 7v7 and worse still ‘off the walls football.’ Why? 6v6 might reduce the cost per player but if it devalues the player what’s the point?
Futsal is a challenge, it’s a difficult game, and results don’t come easy. Because in futsal you only need 5 it is easier for opposition teams to get 5 good players. Not so easy when you need 11. Top of the table football teams win because they have best players. Take the top Premier League teams, split them into two teams and immediately life has got harder. Even mid table Premier teams if asked to field best five would have a very decent team capable challenging top.
Arsenal has been advocating smaller youth teams, currently they have to adhere to FA rules and field a team at every age level. Meaning that they have 16 -20 players training at each level to cover injuries etc. They know that the majority will not make reserve level, wasting valuable school and career time on wasted dreams. What does Arsenal advocate that they play other Academies at 7v7, 9v9, any number as long as their top players that might achieve league status are playing Best vs. Best matches? Will it ever materialize, probably, the massive strides taken by futsal throughout the UK this year has opened the door to new thinking. Football on a big pitch is great – when its Old Trafford, Wembley, or even Blundell Park but less attractive opposite me on King George (Taylors Avenue) where the goal mouths are left unattended year after year.
The positive? Grimsby’s new generation of scintillating junior futsal teams, next blog!