What is the winter development – futsal program?
Niko Alexopoulos - Director Of Coaching
Coach Niko has grown up with the game of futsal, both in Europe and in the USA. As a Pro Goalkeeper's kid Coach Niko was always playing the game of futsal in hid dad's team academy. When he immigrated to the US he played the game all over Union county and in every hard surface gym he could find. In the late 70s and 80s there were no turf fields, only gymnasiums and armories were the game would be played every weekend in the different leagues. That helped coach Niko develop his game and prepare him for the outdoor game where eventually he was able to secure a college scholarship and eventually a trip back to Europe to play professionally.
- SoccerSkillz is proud to announce the new SoccerSkillz Training Winter Development-Futsal program.
The program will focus on offering high level soccer training to aid the development of the elite level soccer player. The emphasis is placed on the small sided game 3v3 and 5v5. SoccerSkillz prides itself on the level of training the players receive. During the Winter program players will receive up to 18 weekly training sessions. The training will give players an opportunity to express themselves in game situations, and specific emphasis will be placed on technical development including the importance of ball control, attacking at speed and decision making under pressure. The 3v3 and 5v5 games give the players the opportunity to have a lot more touches on the ball, quicker play and decision making under pressure.
The training will be done in a Futsal environment, (hard surface), as opposed to turf surface. This is not a program for where wins or losses, trophies or standings mark the standard of development. This is s program where players come to train and develop in a small sided environment on hard surface where ball movement and manipulation as well as ball creativity are the focal points. Players focus on the technical and tactical elements of the small sided games that 3v3 and 5v5 offer in a controlled and instructional environment.
The football greats were forged by futsal. A small sided fast game played on hard surfaces. For decades now, futsal has been a popular and much-loved sporting discipline, especially in South America and southern Europe. And while the indoor version of football is rapidly growing in popularity elsewhere now, thanks to FIFA's patronage and the support of many leading personalities, it is in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Portugal that futsal has proved a breeding ground for some of the greats of the game.
Quotes from International Soccer stars:
"During my childhood in Portugal, all we played was futsal. The small playing area helped me improve my close control... If it wasn't for futsal, I wouldn't be who I am today."
"In futsal, you see whether a player is really talented. In normal football, you don't necessarily identify talent, because it's so much more physical. But with futsal, you notice the small details in quality, class, and tactical understanding."
A study by Manchester United FC (EPL) shows the following benefits while playing small sided soccer rather than 8v8 at younger ages;
- Number of passes – increase of 135%
- Number of 1v1 encounters – increase of 225%
- Scoring attempts – increase of 260%
- Number of dribbling skills (tricks) – increase of 280%
- Number of goals scored – increase of 500%
The SoccerSkillz Training Winter Project is supplemental to any current travel team commitment you may have year round.
Team Sign Up - Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to sign up an entire team.
The SoccerSkillz Winter Project is NOT a club team, any player who excels in the program and displays a positive mentality will have the opportunity to graduate into the summer select program. Upon the conclusion of the program the players will return to their club teams.
SoccerSkillz Training has set a curriculum that will test the player's ability to reach their maximum potential. Players will work in the following areas during the 9 to 19 week program
Special attention will be placed in small sided games, 3v3 and 5v5. Sessions are technically based but all above factors are included and the intention and aim is for all field work to show in the small sided games.
The Winter Project players will practice once a week for 60 minutes (U9 through U12) each session. This will be old school training where the emphasis is placed on players learning and developing their ability to manipulate ball movement, ball creativity, quick decision making and above all playing while having fun without the pressure of keeping scores, standings or winning trophies.
This is what the SST Winter Project is all about. No standings, no scores, no trophies. Just development.
Only a small number of players will be accepted in the program.