U10 Futsal Team
Start: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Boston , MA 02108
We are excited to announce a U10 Futsal team. The team will be coached by Erin Freedman and will be managed by Andy Young in coordination with Ian Moorhouse at Hill House. The U10 United team will be a part of the Massachusetts Futsal Association. In order to play, you must registered for this program.
For the time being, we are going to register the team for 1st session. If it goes well, we will register for the 2nd session.
Age Requirement: UNDER 10 - Born on or after AUG 1, 2002 & younger.
Dates: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12, 1/26.
Location: Park School in Brookline, MA.
Times: Games are played for one hour. Most of the game times are played in the late morning. We will provide you with a game schedule as soon as possible.
Cost: $175.00 per session per player
Expectations:Like basketball, futsal teams require good chemistry to be successful. Moreover, the pace of the game requires a sufficient number of subs. One child simply cannot stay out there all game; it is too tiring. We need families that can commit to all or at least a vast majority of the games.
While specific shoes are not required, we find that wearing sport-specific futsal or indoor soccer shoes enhance the experience. The game requires a great deal of ball control on both the top and sides of the ball and appropriate shoes simply make it easier and more fun. Futsal shoes are about $30 to $50 and can be found on-line, at Brazilian Soccer House in East Boston and at many sporting goods stores.
Futsal is a variant of indoor soccer that was invented in Portugal and is now played world-wide. Boston is a particular hotbed for Futsal in the US. Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor soccer, the game is played on a hard court basketball court and the walls (as well as the basketball endlines) are out of bounds. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation. The game is very fast and requires fast reactions, lots of creativity, excellent ball control and technique, as wells accurate passing in small spaces. It is really the perfect complement to outdoor soccer as it develops many of the skills that are very useful but not as highly emphasized in outdoor. We have found it to be a great amount of fun and it burns immense amounts of energy on those dreary winter days. Christiano Ronaldo played futsal growing up and credits many of his ball handling skills to this game. Spain is the current world #1 in futsal. If you think of Torres, Villa, Xavi, Silva, Xabi, Iniesta, etc., they all grew up playing futsal. Flopping and arguing with the officials is highly frowned upon. Yet, amazingly, the Italians are still highly ranked on the world stage.
Ian has included a few links below that describe futsal as well as the league where we intend to play.