Empire United Pre-Development Academy had two teams representing the club in the US Soccer Development Academy Regional Futsal Event in Boston.
The Northeast Futsal Showcase is like no other Futsal Tournament in the region..
The Futsal Showcases provides a unique opportunity for talent identification where U.S. Soccer scouts and technical staff can see players at a younger age and follow their growth. Scouts can track players and evaluate how their skills in futsal translate to the full-field outdoor game. Reducing physical advantages, Futsal also allows for late maturing players to succeed. Despite their smaller size, players can more easily compete given the game is much more technical.
Why Futsal? and how does it Benefit our players?
Challenge: players enjoy the challenge of playing a fast-paced game to test their ability.
Touches: according to a FIFA report, in an average 40-minute futsal contest, a player will touch the ball roughly every 30 seconds and have an average of 80 touches per game. In comparison, during a 90-minute full-field outdoor soccer game, a player averages 30-40 touches.
Awareness: play is continuous with quick restarts and an open flow requiring players to remain engaged at all times.
Speed of play: due to limited space and constant pressure from opponents, players learn to increase their perception, decision making, and execution.
Support: with only five players per team, players will instinctively learn better spacing, passing and movement. Players off the ball must move constantly to find and create space, while being mindful of supporting their teammates.
Knowledge: a team of four players, plus a goalkeeper, replicates all of the basic tactical elements of the game of soccer. A player's understanding of options and support are enhanced while increasing overall knowledge of the basic principles of attacking, defending, and transition as well as learning through situations that translate to the 11v11 game.