The Touch Challenge

The Touch Challenge

HOME LEARNING – THE TOUCH CHALLENGE

PlayFutsal provides children’s Futsal coaching in Bracknell, Wokingham & Farnham via our Development Days and evening sessions.

PURPOSE – The purpose of The Touch Challenge is to develop a repetition of touches and sequences which allows players to progress their technical development. Quite simply, the more contact time they have with a football, the better they’re going to be and in this challenge, they are adding and developing their technical foundations.

THE AIM – The aim is to touch a Futsal, Football and/or Tennis ball as many times as possible within a 7 day period. There is no minimum or maximum number of touches a player must do within this time period – a player can set themselves a ‘Touch Target’ to hit daily, every other day or over the course of a week.

HOW? – DRIBBLE TOUCHES | Using their inside, outside, sole & laces – players can attempt to touch the ball with any of these parts as many times as possible within a space close to the body – this can be a dribble into a space or a dribble before a pass or shot – remember they have to use BOTH FEET when dribbling!

HOW? – PASSING | Against a wall or using a family member – players can attempt to pass as many times as possible using their inside, outside or laces, again remember they must use both feet!

HOW? – BALL JUGGLING/KEEPY-UPS | With or without a bounce in-between each touch, the choice is theirs – players can use any body part in their own sequence but the ball must remain in control and as close to the body as possible.

HOW? – AERIAL TOUCHES | Players will serve themselves by throwing the ball above their head slightly and must control the ball before the ball hits the ground – the first touch can be with any part of the foot, thigh or chest and the ball must remain close to the body following the first touch.

HOW? – A MIXTURE OF THE ABOVE! | Allowing players to be creative, they can pick their own challenge and/or sequence using any of the above ideas or even better, think of their own idea!

During each attempt, sequence or time-limit, players must count the number of times they touch the ball and add the number to their ‘Touch Table’ – their Touch Table will can show the amount of touches they’ve done each day so they’ve got a number they can beat for any of the following days they practice.

SHOW US!We’d love to see children practicing and developing at home during this tough time so feel free to send us any videos of any of the challenges above or pictures of Touch Tables so we can see how they’re getting on! 😁


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Session Review – Attacking with choices

Session Review – Attacking with choices

SESSION REVIEW

PlayFutsal provides Futsal coaching in Wokingham via our Development Days and evening sessions.

LEARNING BLOCK – Attacking at Speed | FOCUS – Attacking with choices

TECHNICAL CHALLENGE – Can I pass, dribble or shoot? | PSYCHOLOGICAL CHALLENGE – Can I make the right decision to pass, dribble or shoot when I’m attacking?

WHY? – TECHNICAL | When players are attacking, they have a variety of different decisions to make at specific times. Do we dribble, do we pass or do we shoot? The decision we make depends on what’s around us and who’s around us. The decision is ultimately down to the player and it is solely their decision and nobody else’s, in the environment we set, we encourage our players to take ownership of their decisions so they progress and develop their self-learning. During this week, we gave different examples of what they could do in certain situations to give a starting point – in a 1v1 we may have a dribble, in a 2v1 we may look to pass and if we’re 1v0 then we’ll most certainly shoot!

WHY? – PSYCHOLOGICAL | The process to make a decision firstly starts with our eyes, players need to see what and who is around them before thinking, once pictures have been taken it’s time for the player to think, they’re thinking of what to do and how to do it – once the thought has been processed it’s then time for the feet to do their thing! The process of LOOK > THINK > PLAY needs to be done as quickly as possible in order to maintain possession, there is, of course, a balance between doing it quickly so we don’t lose the ball and not rushing so we miss a vital part of the process. We encourage our players to complete this process within 3 seconds.

TOP LEARNERS | Well done to our Top Learners below who have impressed us with their learning, these include players from FC Bracknell, Berkshire Futsal Club & Badshot Lea.

NEXT SESSION | Attacking with choices


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Session Review – Attacking in parity

Session Review – Attacking in parity

SESSION REVIEW

PlayFutsal provides Futsal coaching in Bracknell via our Development Days and evening sessions.

LEARNING BLOCK – Attacking at Speed | FOCUS – Attacking in parity

TECHNICAL CHALLENGE – Can I be comfortable in goal scoring opportunities? | PHYSICAL CHALLENGE – Can I lose my marker with quick movements?

WHY? – TECHNICAL | When attacking in a 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 or even a 4v4, the outcome we strive for is a chance to score. The choices we make when attacking should lead us to a goal-scoring opportunity via individual play or combinations with team mates. The decision-making and speed of thought during this process is important for learning, the decisions need to be the right ones and the speed needs to be quick – if the decisions are wrong then possession is lost, if speed is slow then possession is lost. These key fundamentals when attacking comes from players calmness on the ball to not rush their choice too quickly and to not make the incorrect choice when put under pressure.

WHY? – PHYSICAL | Similar to our 2v2 attacking week – the challenge for our players was to lose their marker with quick movements but the main difference in this session was the number of attacking players and how they impacted your movement. Your team mates movements in the attacking third will decide what your movement will be, it would be ineffective to make the same run in the same space as you’ll be easy to mark so we challenged our players to look at where their team mates were before making their own movement so it’s different.

TOP LEARNERS | Well done to our Top Learners below who have impressed us with their learning, these include players from FC Bracknell, Berkshire Futsal Club & Badshot Lea.

NEXT SESSION | Attacking with choices


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Session Review – Attacking in an overload

Session Review – Attacking in an overload

SESSION REVIEW

PlayFutsal provides school holiday Futsal in Farnham in partnership with Badshot Lea FC.

LEARNING BLOCK – Attacking at Speed | FOCUS – Attacking in an overload

TECHNICAL CHALLENGE – Can we take advantage of the overload with good quality? | PSYCHOLOGICAL CHALLENGE – Can I spot an overload opportunity?

WHY? – TECHNICAL | During a game, a high number of overloads occur all over the pitch, whether that’s in the defensive third against a striker, or in the attacking third against a defender, overloads happen regularly throughout the game. Taking advantage of overloads is key to attacking successfully, it provides players with a golden opportunity to create a chance by outnumbering the defenders in key positions. How we manage these situations is important for our creative development – do I pass or do I dribble? How much weight is on my pass? What direction do I pass in? The answer to these questions are going to vary but one answer is common, whatever decision I do make, it must be with good quality or the chance has been wasted.

WHY? – PSYCHOLOGICAL | It’s highly unlikely that players are going to spot every single overload opportunity in a game but players need to try their best to maximise the number of opportunities that they do see. The ability to look and play at the same time is pivotal to long-term progression, it takes time, effort and practice to be aware of where the ball is and what’s around you, there WILL be failure and there WILL be frustration but the foundations need to be set early. During this week, we challenged the players to take pictures of what’s around them whilst having the ball at their feet, this helps them understand what overload opportunities are around them so this can be used to their advantage.

TOP LEARNERS | Well done to our Top Learners below who have impressed us with their learning, these include players from FC Bracknell, Berkshire Futsal Club & Badshot Lea.

NEXT SESSION | Attacking in parity


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Session Review – Attacking in a 2v2

Session Review – Attacking in a 2v2

SESSION REVIEW

PlayFutsal delivers school holiday Futsal in Bracknell through our Development Days.

LEARNING BLOCK – Attacking at Speed | FOCUS – Attacking in a 2v2

TECHNICAL CHALLENGE – Can I play split passes and/or through balls to my teammate? | PHYSICAL CHALLENGE – Can I be clever with my movements?

WHY? – TECHNICAL | The ability and awareness to be comfortable in a 2v2 is integral to the technical foundations in our players, it increases confidence on the ball under pressure which allows players to make the right choices. During this session, the players are always under pressure to keep possession whilst looking to make the right choice. One of the examples given in this session was to find the right time and opportunity to play a split pass – a pass in-between the two defenders – or a through ball, a forward pass into space. We encouraged the players to take positive risks at all times so aid learning and creativity.

WHY? – PHYSICAL | When players are being marked tightly under pressure within a small space, it’s important to be clever in the movements you make in order to find available spaces. To be a top player, players need to think of how & when they make a movement to receive the ball – do we run in-front of the defender? Do we run behind the defender? Do we suddenly change our speed? Do we change the line of our run? Demonstrating a variety of examples will help players make good movements and will show the opposition that you’re unpredictable.

TOP LEARNERS | Well done to our Top Learners below who have impressed us with their learning, these include players from FC Bracknell, Berkshire Futsal Club & Badshot Lea.

NEXT SESSION | Attacking in an overload


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