Wednesday, 1 November 2017

FUTSAL INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE PROFILE

Since I started my coaching career I have been always thinking about the different perceptions that players and coaches have about their level, their expectations, their commitment... which ultimately does not help to achieve the best out of them and consequently, the team. Recently, I have been working on a visual "Futsal Individual Performance Profile" that I would like to share with you. 

Firstly, I decided the aspects that I wanted to assess on my players and that they will self-assess too. I used Google Form to collect all the information from my players. The questionaire was made up by very simple aspects that they had to value using a Likert scale between 0 to 10. Basically, all the aspects could be grouped in the fitness corner, the technical aspects and mental or psychological compartment.

Second step was to present the data in a visual way that players could see easily where they have the strong points and where the weaknesses are (dips on the graph). At this point, you already have the data provided by the players and the ones given by you as a coach to every player, therefore you can see the diversity of opinions between players and coach.
I decided to give every player their own self assessment results in a visual way so they could see them. Besides, I offered them to provide their self assessment with my assessment so they could see the differences. This was optional for the players as I know how sensitive some players could be when they are assessed. In the picture above, we can observe the player's values in blue and coach's values in red. Finally, I offered them the possibility to have 1-to-1 meetings with me to try to understand each other's opinions. For me, this is the most valuable part of the process... as you can learn a lot from your players at the same time they can learn from you. It is very interesting how some players overrate themselves and on the other hand how some players with low selfsteem are really hard with themselves. Also, I learnt that the players that really want to improve and go further in their career are given themselves low scores.

To sum up, some players would like to compare themselves to the team, therefore a third line with the team average could be something worthy to add in the future.

Monday, 16 October 2017

FUTSAL CAMP & COACHING CERTIFICATES IN BERMUDA

Once again, a year later, I am very happy to return to Bermuda to help with several futsal projects. As Head of Performance for the Bay Area Futsal Club, I will be visiting the island to help in a futsal camp for kids and to deliver a couple of futsal coaching courses. 

This is possible thanks to the friendship with Coach Pete Rickards, CEO and Founder of CP Athletic Development; and for partnering with Bay Area Futsal Club to deliver the events.

Bay Area Futsal Club is focused to be an international leading futsal organisation and again it has showed its commitment to the cause participating in these events.

CP Athletic Development is committed to the continued progression of their members (over 60 players aged 6 to 27). On the heels of the success of their Alevin team at the World Futsal Championships in August 2017 in Orlando, Florida (USA), this partnership meets the Academy’s strategic objectives include increased global exposure and elevated learning environments.

EVENTS INFORMATION & REGISTRATION 
  • FITNESS & FUTSAL CAMP: Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October since 8:30am to 4pm at Somersfield Academy Gym. Please see bottom of the flyer for registration and info. Players will work on specific futsal techniques, tactics, fitness, social and psychological aspects of the sport in an enjoyable enviroment.

  • LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 COACHING CERTIFICATIONS: Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th October. 6 hours of content each certification with theoretical and training design. 
    • Futsal Coaching Certificate Level 1 will cover: futsal positions, the structure of the futsal game (offensive phase, defensive phase, offensive transition and defensive transition), a bit more detailed offensive and defensive phases with formations and systems, basics dualities and a practical part. Please see flyer below for more info.
    • Futsal Coaching Certificate Level 2 will cover: More than 20% of the goals scored in futsal are in transitions. Therefore, a team who master the offensive and defensive transitions will have a great advantage, this is the reason because our Level 2 will cover the offensive and defensive phases of the game.
  For more info please see flyer below. For registration, click HERE!!! 

Friday, 13 October 2017

LUCA INNOCENTI' FUTSAL BLOG

I really recommend this Futsal Blog (Better Futsal Coaching) written in Italian by my friend Luca Innocenti. Luca played futsal for the Italian U21 National Futsal Team and his passion for the sport led him to write this blog, some futsal books and start different futsal projects to help its development.


Please follow the link to visit his blog:


Monday, 8 May 2017

LA FAMIGLIA FUTSAL CLUB CLINIC & EXHIBITION GAME

Dear Families,

I am excited to share a great Futsal opportunity and family event put on by a local professional Futsal team, La Famiglia Futsal Club.

Join The Burlingamer, Esparza FC and La Famiglia FC team members (many of whom are local youth soccer coaches), as they host an event offering futsal clinics for boys and girls followed by a Professional Futsal exhibition match for the entire family. 

Clinic spaces are limited so register now! https://goo.gl/forms/c7uzpJHBQBvFgT6I3

For more details, see flyer below.
 
About La Famiglia FC:
La Famiglia Futsal Club is the culmination of a family’s lifelong dream. Their ultimate goal is to bring beautiful, professional Futsal to the Bay Area, and along the way, provide outlaying communities with the opportunity to play Futsal and grow together through the sport. La Famiglia FC is a group of family members who all grew up playing soccer and futsal together in the Bay Area. Along the way they added their close soccer friends from over the years. La Famiglia FC is truly a family of soccer and futsal players, coming together to promote something special. They all love to play the game and believe it can be a great vehicle for peace, unity, diversity, community, and positive change.  

La Famiglia played their first professional season in the Major League Futsal (MLF) as a new franchise team in 2016. They placed 1st in the Western Conference and made it into the playoffs, where they lost in the semifinals to a great opponent from Mexico (Knowens Futsal). La Famiglia also played in the 2016 Regionals and Nationals Tournaments reaching the Finals in both. In 2017 La Famiglia was runner up in the Pacific Rim International Futsal Tournament, playing against a Japanese international team (PSTC Londrina FC) in Hawaii and won their first major tournament at Regionals in San Jose beating Knowens of Mexico. The 2017 Major League Futsal season is under way and the team is growing stronger as they keep training and working hard.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

FUTSAL COACHING COURSE & KIDS CAMPS IN LETCHWORTH (UK)

It is my pleasure to inform that again I will be collaborating with The Khalsa Football Academy. After the success that we had in September 2016, my good friend Bal Singh and myself decided to try to continue finding ways to develop futsal in England.

This time it will be with a Futsal Coaching Course that it will be delivered on Sunday 9th April. We will cover the main tactical aspects of futsal. 

Also, Monday (10th), Tuesday (11th) and Wednesday (12th) we will deliver a futsal camp for kids aged 11-15 years old. Both activities will be in Letchworth.  

During the activities and the different sessions kids and coaches will be helped by FA Futsal National League players and England Futsal players.

If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Friday, 10 February 2017

LA FAMIGLIA FC FUTSAL CLINIC & EXHIBITION MATCH

 
Great futsal opportunity and family event put on by a local professional Futsal team, La Famiglia Futsal Club.
Join La Famiglia team members as they host a Fundraising Event offering futsal clinics for boys and girls (2002-2005 birth years) followed by a fun Professional Futsal exhibition game for the entire family. Clinic spaces are limited so register now!
 
When: February 17,2017 starting @4pm
Session 1: 2002-2003 4-5:10pm
Session 2: 2004-2005 5:10-6:20pm
Exhibition Match kickoff 6:30pm
 
Where: Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94306
 
Costs: Clinic+Match $80 (includes training, La Famiglia tshirt, water bottle and 1 raffle ticket); Match only $5
 
 
For more information contact:
Call or Text: (650) 888-7086
About La Famiglia FC:
La Famiglia Futsal Club is the culmination of a family’s lifelong dream. Their ultimate goal is to bring beautiful, professional Futsal to the Bay Area, and along the way, provide outlaying communities with the opportunity to play Futsal and grow together through the sport. La Famiglia FC is a group of family members who all grew up playing soccer and futsal together in the Bay Area. Along the way they added their close soccer friends from over the years. La Famiglia FC is truly a family of soccer and futsal players, coming together to promote something special. They all love to play the game and believe it can be a great vehicle for peace, unity, diversity, community, and positive change.  
 
La Famiglia played their first professional season in the Major League Futsal (MLF) as a new franchise team in 2016. They placed 1st in the Western Conference and made it into the playoffs, where they lost in the semifinals to a great opponent from Mexico (Knowens Futsal). La Famiglia also played in the Regionals and Nationals Tournaments reaching the Finals in both. The team is growing stronger as they train hard for the upcoming season and they are looking forward to traveling to Hawaii to participate in an international tournament with teams from all over the world. More about La Famiglia @ http://lafamigliafc.teampages.com
 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

U8-U9 FUTSAL SESSION (2)


The full session with the individual graphs and explanations can be checked in LA WEB DEL MISTER. From Simply Sport, we would like to thank LA WEB DEL MISTER for sharing our sessions to the community.

We strongly believe "sharing is caring" and the only way to improve is to share our experiences and knowledge.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

SIMPLY SPORT ON TWITTER

https://twitter.com/SimplySport_DBFSimply Sport has its new Twitter account. The account started about 6 months ago, but it is now officially confirmed as the Twitter feed for Simply Sport. 

The new account will help to spread out the publications published in our Simply Sport blog as well as publish futsal drills, comments, papers, researches, events... related with sport, physical education, exercise, physical activity, sport science, coaching, training, education, CPDs...

Please follow us on: @SimplySport_DBF

https://twitter.com/SimplySport_DBF

Friday, 2 December 2016

U8-U9 FUTSAL SESSION

I would like to thank "La Web del Mister" for publishing one of our futsal sessions delivered to our U8-U9 futsal players. The session was performed on the 30th November with the World United Futsal Academy team that will participate in Rocklin (California) in the US Youth Futsal Northern California Regional Championships and will travel to Barcelona (Spain) at the end of December. In Barcelona, we will have a futsal training camp at FC Barcelona Futsal and will participate in the World Futsal Cup 2016.

The session has been published in Spanish and English and you have full access in both languages following the next link:

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

FUTSAL WORKSHOP & COACHING CERTIFICATE IN BERMUDA

I am very glad to announce that I have been invited to deliver a futsal workshop with kids and a futsal coaching certificate in Bermuda. As Futsal Coaching Director at the World United Futsal Academy, I will travel to the islands at the end to October to participate in the events organised by our friend Peter Rickards. 

World United Futsal Academy is commited to be the leading futsal organisation in the country, and again it has showed its commitment to the cause participating in these events. The Futsal Coaching Certificate Level 1 will be the third educative event after the one held in Palo Alto in August and the second one in Sacramento (September).

Registration is open for the events. Please check the flyers below and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

See you all in Bermuda!!!