Tuesday, 4 August 2020


Adam Oldham, Sheffield FC Futsal manager steps down. Fantastic job delivered.

All the best my friend. Enjoy your new player role again.

Also, good luck to another of my former players, Thomas Msdala who has been appointed as new manager for 2020-21 season.

Saturday, 11 April 2020


I am attending Soccer Coaches Summit 2020 organised by America Scores and America Scores Bay Area and supported by Soccer Today.

Also, I am delivering two talks about futsal (download clicking on the titles below):
More info about my presentations clicking HERE!

Share if you think others will find this helpful. For FREE registrations please following the next LINK!

Thursday, 26 March 2020


Note: most of the resources below are published on the book: Coaching children in & though futsal: a parents/coach guide (Bryant & Berdejo-del-Fresno, 2018) that you can download for free following the next link: HERE!








Note: most of the resources above are published on the book: Coaching children in & though futsal: a parents/coach guide (Bryant & Berdejo-del-Fresno, 2018) that you can download for free following the next link: HERE!

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


For the third time, I will be returning to Bermuda to help my good friend Coach Pete with several futsal projects. As Head of Performance for Bay Area Futsal Club and Head of Futsal Philosophy and Coaching Methodology for Sheffield FC Futsal, I will be visiting the island to help in a futsal camp for kids to identify potential talent to travel next year to a tournament in Florida (USA) and to deliver a Level 1 futsal coaching course.

Again, this is possible thanks to the friendship with Coach Pete Rickards, Founder and President of CP Athletic Development; and the partnership between CP Athletic Development and Bay Area Futsal Club.


  •  WORLD FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIP ID CLINIC: Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October since 9am to 3pm at Whitney Institute Gym. Player will work on specific futsal techniques, tactics, fitness, social and psychological aspects of the sport in an enjoyable environment. The camp will be used also to identify and invite potential players to participate in the World Futsal Championships 2020 in Florida (USA).

  •  LEVEL 1 COACHING CERTIFICATION: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, 6 hours of content with theoretical and training design. The 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, basic dualities and a practical part. The course will be an updated certification from the one I presented previously. Please see flyer below for more info.


To register for the World Futsal Championship ID Clinic please email: cpfutsalbda@gmail.com

Registrations for the Level 1 course here: https://www.cpathletic.com/

Local Bermuda's 24/7 News Source article about Coaching Level 1 Course can be fully accessed clicking HERE.


Finally, I would like also to announce that for the first ever time my futsal online books will be available to be purchased on hard copy. I will take with me some copies of both (Futsal: Technical & Tactical Concepts and Coaching children in & out futsal: a parent/coach  guide) to Bermuda so coaches can get access to them. 

It is something that I have been thinking for a while and that I was asked too, so finally I decided to print some copies. If you would like to put your hands on the books do not hesitate and contact me to reserve your copy. Copies are limited right now, so hurry up if you want one or both of the books with you and drop me an email to order them.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019


I am glad to return to Sheffield to present the II Futsal Coaching Seminar in line with the continued partnership between Sheffield Futsal Club and Bay Area Futsal Club. One of my roles and responsibilities as Head of Futsal Philosophy & Coaching Methodology for Sheffield Futsal Club was to work with the staff to build the club culture and apply to all the teams within the club regardless of their gender, level or age. The last seminar was a tremendous success and we are very proud of what we achieved. However, this time we wanted to go one step further and focus on what we believe is the foundation of futsal: the youth, the kids. Therefore, it is my pleasure to personally invite all of you to the II Futsal Coaching Seminar which will focus on youth futsal and will be held on the 22nd of December of 2019. For more info please check the flyer.


On a different note, I would like to highlight the great coaching seminar and camp that I had the honour to participate in Italy over the summer where I delivered a session on "Can futsal help to develop football players?". 

If you would like to download the "Can futsal help to develop football players?" presentation from the Seminar in Italy please click here.

Saturday, 8 June 2019


Again another summer travelling around the world for futsal representing Bay Area Futsal Club. The first stop will be Italy, Lentate sul Seveso will be the city specifically. On Thursday, 20th June, I will deliver a futsal coaching seminar for the local coaches. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (21st, 22nd and 23rd) will be when we will deliver a futsal camp for the local kids.

Everything has been possible to Luca Innocenti (ex professional Italy U21 futsal player) and Gianluca Ripamonti (President of ASD OSA Lentate). I will be accompany by my futsal brother Guillermo Wallace, England Futsal International player and owner of the Wallace Futsal Academy. The event is also in collaboration of Polisportiva San Giulio Barlassina. Please see the flyer below or click HERE for more info.

After Italy, Wallace and I will travel to Spain to El Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz) to deliver the I Campus de Futbol Sala Eloy Rojas & Guille Wallace that will take place between Monday 24th and Saturday 29th and organised by the Wallace Futsal Academy.

Guillermo Wallace is a professional futsal player. He plays for the England Futsal National Team and last season he played in France.

Eloy Rojas is a professional futsal player too that plays for Palma Futsal in the Liga Nacional de Futbol Sala.

We will have so many visitors, from professional futsal players, to first division referees, football players, international futsal players... but highlights Rob Morini. Rob will travel with me from the USA, where he lives and plays for Bay Area Futsal in California. Rob and myself will be representing our American club and will help to deliver the camp in English language.

Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, 23 May 2019


Very glad to announce the publication of a new scientific paper. This time, it is about futsal and strength training. Please see below the its abstract:

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of leg blood flow restriction (BFR) applied during a 3-a-side futsal game on strength-related parameters. Twelve male futsal players were randomly assigned into two groups (n = 6 for each group) during 10 training sessions either with or without leg BFR. Prior to and post-training sessions, participants completed a series of tests to assess anabolic hormones and leg strength. Pneumatic cuffs were initially inflated to 110% of leg systolic blood pressure and further increased by 10% after every two completed sessions. In comparison with baseline, the resting post-training levels of myostatin (p = 0.002) and IGF-1/MSTN ratio (p = 0.006) in the BFR group changed, whereas no change in the acute level of IGF-1 and myostatin after exercise was observed. Peak torque of knee extension and flexion increased in both groups (p < 0.05). A trend of increased neural activation of all heads of the quadriceps was observed in both groups, however, it was statistically significant only for rectus femoris in BFR (p = 0.02). These findings indicated that the addition of BFR to normal futsal training might induce greater neuromuscular benefits by increasing muscle activation and augmenting the hormonal response.

TITLE: Blood Flow Restriction During Futsal Training Increases Muscle Activation and Strength

AUTHORS: Amani-Shalamzari Sadegh, Farhani Farid, Rajabi Hamid, Abbasi Ali, Sarikhani Ali, Paton Carl, Bayati Mahdi, Berdejo-del-Fresno Daniel, Rosemann Thomas, Nikolaidis Pantelis Theodoros, Knechtle Beat
JOURNAL: Frontiers in Physiology    

VOLUME: 10     

YEAR: 2019

PAGES: 614  
DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2019.00614   

ISSN: 1664-042X

Click HERE for full paper download.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019


Some times there is nothing to be added. Images and facts speak by themselves. When that happens, just sit down, fasten your seatbelts, watch and enjoy. 

A huge honour to have you as a friend. You are a true gentleman, British futsal pioneer and new Sheffield FC Futsal Ambassador since the recognition that took place in Sheffield on Sunday 5th May 2019. I wish I could have witnessed it and be there with you. Thanks Kevin Bryant for everything you have done.

More info about it in the following links:

Monday, 22 April 2019


Few weeks after I took charge of the International Futsal Academy (IFA) as new Head of Coaching & Sports Science I had a fantastic meeting in Loughborough University with Dr Laurence Heslop, co-founder of Benchmark54. In that meeting we agreed the use of the Benchmark54 platform within the IFA teams for the season 2014-2015 at free cost (thank you very much Dr. Heslop, I still appreciate it).

Now, almost 5 years after, working for Bay Area Futsal Club in California (USA), I have decided to review this fantastic platform that has grown amazingly. 

Benchmark54 system is multi-sport and multi user. It has four main attributes which allow you to manage your team across all disciplines and improve the integration between departments. Benchmark54 provides a fully comprehensive electronic medical record system with all the tools you would expect. Also, Benchmark54 helps you with the player load management as it tracks all activities and intensity in training and matches and your own specific GPS parameters in one place. Thirdly, the system helps sports science data record and analysis. Finally, Benchmark54 has a research driven data dashboard that brings all the data together, with inbuilt calculations and powerful ways to visualise data (data visualisation and analysis).

Benchmark54 allow you to:

  • Add training data, attendance, duration and intensity. Upload GPS files and automatically match data.
  • Record physiological, wellbeing, fitness and screening data.
  • Add all injuries and illness and indicate effect on availability.
  • Link injuries & illness with other data (load and other physiological measure for example).
  • Track performance, injury incidence, team and individual player stats through their automated injury analytics dashboard.
  • Review the year-on-year performance against historical data & league wide comparative data.
  • Be part of their growing research community. Raining the standards in team sports medicine.
In the video above for example you can observe the training load, the monotony and the strain on one specific day. Also, you can observe the acute: chronic ratio and where the players are placed (high risk zone for soft tissue injury, moderate risk zone for soft tissue injury or sweet spot).

Finally, in the picture below you can see a whole month players availability, all the training sessions and their duration, games and minutes played, if players were missing and their reason...
This is only a briefly and small example of what Benchmark54 can provide to your organisation to know more about injury analytics and the power of data to support more effective athlete monitoring and injury prevention and management. 

Sunday, 24 March 2019


The end of the season is usually a period of time to reflect, assess and evaluate the season to make adjustments and plan the next one. Part of this process should be to assess and give feedback to the coaches that work at your organization or club. Coaches should know the criterion that are going to be assessed on since the beginning of the season. This way, everyone is on the same page.

Following Dr. Wade Gilbert (2017) "quality program evaluation requires consideration of at least four factors: (1) identifying what should be evaluated; (2) collecting evidence from multiple sources such as athletes, coaches and administrator; (3) ensuring that the evaluation system and tools are practical; and (4) deciding how to communicate and use evaluation results." 

"The primary purpose of end-of-season evaluation procedures should be to help coaches improve" (Gilbert, 2017)

Here, I would like to present a tool designed by Hemmermeister (2010) and slightly modified. It is a questionnaire that contains 7 different categories (Philosophy & Ethics, Safety & Injury Prevention, Organizational Skills, Physical Conditions, Instructional Skills, Mental Skills, and Communication Skills). Each category has 4 items to be rated between 1 to 4 (ranging from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree), therefore there are a total of 16 points per category. The total number of points that coaches can get is 112. The tool is used for the coaches to self-rate how well they modeled behaviors related to the club standards. Also, the Director of Coaching or Head of Coaching rates every coach in the organization or club. 

The first thing that the tool gives us is the total number of points (i.e. 85 points out of 112), and the breakdown for points in each category. We will obtain 2 scores, the score self-given by the coach and the score given by the Director of Coaching. Besides, a radar graph is presented to see the disparity or similarity between both scores (Coach vs. Director of Coaching). 

Once we have those two questionnaires filled in, the points per category, the total points and the radar chart, the process begins. I totally recommend a one-to-one meeting with coaches to talk about the scores. 

1) Total score: The organization or club could stablish a target for all the coaches (i.e. minimum of 80 points) to achieve at the end of the season or an even more strict one with more levels and some actions to take if the coaches are between those scores.

2) Points/category: These scores will give you and your Director of Coaching where coaches have room to improve and where are performing accordingly to the standards of the club. Again, here the club must stablish some policies such as coaches must get at least 70% of the points in each category, or no less than 50% in two categories...

It is important to clarify that there is nothing right or wrong. A coach could self-rate a number four on punctuality and the Director of Coaching rate the coach with a number one. Maybe the reason is because the coach just arrives to the session 5 minutes before the session time and the Director of Coaching expects him to be there 30 minutes earlier to set up the field properly. This disparity in opinions is the main reason why it is very important to have everyone on the same page, be honest with the questionnaires, set the club's standards since the beginning of the season and have an-end-of-season personal meeting with all the coaches to give them feedback and if needed take actions.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018


After more than 9-10 months working behind the scenes, very proud and happy to announce my come back to Sheffield FC - The World’s First Football Club as a new Head of Futsal Philosophy & Coaching Methodology. Sheffield FC - The World’s First Football Club was the club that gave me the first opportunity to be a Head Coach back in 2012. I spent 2 season with them, probably the seasons where I enjoyed coaching. Together we achieved things that we never thought we would when I signed for them. All this possible to the new partnership established between Sheffield FC - The World’s First Football Club and Bay Area Futsal Club.

As part of this new partnership, I am also very happy to announce that we have put together a Futsal Coaching Seminar in the City of the Steel on the 6th January 2019. Do not miss out this great opportunity to learn futsal. I am very looking forward to meeting good friends and visit a very nice city that it is on my heart. More info about registration below: