futsal and soccer go hand in hand
generation adidas international is excited to announce its partnership with futsal-x for the development of high level futsal programs.
Futsal, the sport whose origins date back to 1930, has seen an explosion in the international scene over the last couple of decades.
We’re still unsure of its country of origin – Argentine-born coach Juan Carlos Ceriani was the first coach to take football indoors, as a response to his frustration with poor weather and pitch conditions in Uruguay, but a similar style of football was also emerging in the streets of Brazil around the same time. Regardless of its original birthplace, its versatility and utility could not be denied and it quickly gained popularity throughout Latin America.
Within just 30 years, futsal saw its first international competition and in 1989 FIFA entered the scene sponsoring the first “official” FIFA World Futsal Championships. The sport was not just being utilized as a developmental tool for football players, but was now a serious sport in its own right. Today, it continues to gain popularity with professional leagues popping up all over the world. The United States will see the kick off of its own professional league in 2018.
Futsal is the perfect complement to football. In fact, many of the football greats credit their skills and creativity on the pitch to their futsal beginnings.
All of the skills that a player learns in futsal can be applied on the football pitch. Reduced space means fast paced play, quick thinking and problem solving on the ball.
Players are able to get exponentially more touches which allows for players to try things they may consider riskier on the football pitch. Futsal innately encourages creativity, both on the dribble and while combining with teammates.
At futsal-x, we believe in the potential of the sport and want to continue promoting its expansion from youth all the way through to the professional level. To achieve this, we have partnered up with the best of professional European futsal clubs, leagues and federations to create unique training and education programs.
As well as working with clubs and organizations here in Europe, we also bring the Movistar Inter methodology abroad. We recently had the pleasure of working with the Director of the Movistar Inter Academy and First Team Assistant Coach, César Muñoz, who headed coaching clinics, player training sessions and a Master class in Japan in March.
We are also excited to announce a coaching education course we are hosting in conjunction with US Youth Futsal, Movistar Inter and the LNFS (the premier futsal league in Spain) this September in Madrid, Spain. The dates coincide with the Spanish Super Cup, so it will be an opportunity to coaches not only to learn, but also to witness some very exciting matches.
Every Thursday our Madrid staff de-stresses with a competitive game of futsal after work. Check out our skills and why this is an important part of our company culture!
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