More Players, Better Players
More Players, Better Players
The winter months are now upon us, and with the recent heavy rainfall and falling temperatures, there is a greater chance of football games being postponed across Wales. With this in mind a number of teams have hibernated indoors to continue playing
their weekly games.
Sunday 2nd December saw a host of boys and girls clubs begin a Futsal fixture programme which will continue during the months of December and January.
Futsal – the 5-a-side version of Football recognised and endorsed by FIFA, UEFA and the FAW – has an estimated 25 million people playing the game worldwide. The game which numerous high profile players have played as part of their childhood, is a good tool for young players to support their football development. Over a thousand boys and girls across Wales played this version of the game on Sunday and they can continue to enjoy playing the beautiful game and take on a new challenge.
In the boys game twenty three Welsh Premier League Academy clubs started their six week Futsal fixture programme. Teams at the U12, U14 and U16 battled it out in three different venues with a fourth venue starting this coming Sunday. Games shorter in duration took place in smaller sized pitches which meant that the games were technically demanding of the players testing their vision, awareness and decision making as well as their physicality. Jay Catton, who coordinated events in North Wales, commented on Twitter, “Fantastic day at Deeside Leisure Centre for North Wales Academy Futsal. 216 Futsal games and around 500 players”
In the girls game twenty three U12 teams from the South Wales Girls League moved
indoors for their weekly dose of football. After the disappointment of the previous week’s fixtures being postponed because of waterlogged pitches the girls benefited from guaranteed fixtures indoors. Players and coaches could enjoy the constant ebb and flow of attacks in a safe secure challenging environment and a nice warm one at that for the parents. Parent Paul White said “the girls loved it and it’s nice to be in the warmth for a change”
Futsal fixtures for all these teams will continue in December and January before they go back outside onto the grass pitches for the remainder of the season. Richard Gunney, Futsal Development Officer for the Welsh Football Trust stated, “ It’s very pleasing that so many games of Futsal have been played this weekend across Wales and will continue for the coming weeks. Players can keep enjoying their football playing a game that will support their development. Months of planning has taken place to organise facilities, educate coaches and liaise with the clubs and leagues.. People have put in a great deal of hard work so I am delighted to see all the games kick off and we’ll keep striving to improve things further”