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Girls teams in Staffordshire have been learning how to play futsal for the first time through a series of developmental futsal events which have been organised by the Staffordshire Girls League in partnership with Staffordshire FA.
The Staffordshire Girls League successfully bid for funding from the FA's Charter Standard League Futsal Development Fund which aims to work with youth leagues and clubs to increase the opportunities for young people to play Futsal in England as part of a mixed and varied playing programme.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that originates from South America in the 1930s. It is widely played across the world, and is the small sided football format that is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game. Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; including Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Xavi.
Thanks to the FA's funding, the Staffordshire Girls League will be delivering four free futsal development events to its' teams throughout the season. Events will encourage players, coaches and parents to gain a great understanding of the rules of futsal, techniques of manipulating a futsal and principles of coaching futsal which can be transferrable into the traditional version of the game. All teams will also be provided with resource packs and two futsal's to enable clubs to continue to deliver futsal within their own training sessions.
In addition to this, the league will run an in-house FA Level One in Coaching Futsal course for volunteers, coaches and managers associated with teams within the league plus an FA Referee's Conversion course for 10 referees. The futsal project aims to develop the technical ability of players, in addition to the knowledge of coaches and referees across a series of fun and interactive events.
For more information on futsal, or the Staffordshire Girls League, please contact Jodie Allard at Staffordshire FA on Jodie.Allard@Staffordshirefa.com.
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