Futsal is an excellent opportunity to improve your soccer skills, get in a bit of fitness and have some fun on Sunday afternoons. Without question, those who play in the off-season are those who improve in the off-season. At one quick hour – futsal is also a great opportunity for those playing other sports to get in a weekly bit of soccer. The following is from Watt Alexander, who runs the futsal program:
Futsal is indoor soccer played on a gym floor with a non-bounce size four ball. It originated in South America and is the only official FIFA-approved indoor soccer. (The FIFA Futsal World Cup just concluded in November (2012) with Brazil beating Spain in the final.)
It’s soccer, but on such a small field that players must learn to play at their feet, make short quick runs and passes and generally play more like Brazilians than we do outdoors. It’s excellent training for improving foot skills and playing a smarter, smaller game and Coach Doug thinks very highly of those who attend regularly.
We play at 3pm on Sundays and are done promptly at 4pm. You wear flats or other non-marking sneakers and you bring water and a grey shirt just like real soccer. It’s run through Norwich Rec for insurance reasons and they charge a fee to offset the cost of renting the gym. Here’s the official Norwich Rec version:
FUTSAL for High School Girls
Futsal is indoor soccer played on a basketball court with a smaller, heavier ball. A major sport in Brazil, futsal emphasizes ball control and short quick runs, stressing creativity and technique. A great opportunity for players to maintain their touch between seasons and develop better individual tactics and technique. We will emphasize a single fundamental skill each session with the majority of time spent scrimmaging. Please bring a water bottle, grey shirt, shin guards and rubber-soled flat athletic/indoor soccer shoes. (16 Player Max)
*Sundays, Nov. 10th – April 7th; 3 – 4pm Fee TBD
Held in the Marion Cross School Gym Coordinator Watt Alexander 649-3144 / email@example.com; past Norwich Recreation and Lightning Soccer Coach with USSF Coaching Certification.
WE BEGIN TODAY – SUNDAY – NOVEMBER 10TH
MARION CROSS GYM IN NORWICH
We will use these next two weeks to let girls try out futsal so you can decide whether this is something you want to keep playing through the winter. Around Thanksgiving, I’ll send out information on officially registering through the Norwich Rec site and we will cap participation at 16 players at that time. Until then, come try and see what you think. If you have questions, my contact information is above.