Following up from Part 1 of Individual Training. In Part 2, we will learn on how to feint an opponent to gain some space.
The purpose of feint is:
- To get the opponent caught off-balance
- To buy some space
This post teaches on the second part: to buy some space.
Step 1: Shield the ball using the sole part
The first part of futsal individual training series begins here.
The first step in futsal is to focus on ball control and apply it with movement. This chapter breaks into 5 basic skills in futsal:
- Control Orientated
- Off-the-ball movement
- Ball Protection
This short post will be teaching on how to improve our ball control in Control Orientated.
A Brazilian futsal player
Futsal goes way back in 1989 in the Netherlands for the very first competitive World Cup held. Lately, futsal grows as a sport in England and Scotland in the form of five-a-side football, according to FIFA. The difference between futsal and five-a-side football is that futsal is on indoor surface whereas five-a-side football is on artificial grass surface. So, the focus of this post will be on futsal.
Juggling the ball is certainly one of the best practice method for improving you first touch and ball control, and not to mention, the basic aspects of most freestyle air moves. What many might not know is that juggling does not necessarily mean you have to use a standard soccer ball.
One of the greats of the game, Ronaldo (Luiz Nazario De Lima), once said that practicing with a smaller sized ball, such as a tennis ball or a mini (size 3) skill ball was one of the main contributors to his phenomenal touch and control. Remember, this was a player that started out playing Futsal, before moving onto standard 11-a-side football.