Friday, 17 February 2012


These last days I have been in Rome delivering a talk in a seminar about futsal and football, as part of the IP-SPALC. The seminar “Research issues for talent detection” was made up by three talks. 

My talk, the first one, was entitled “Periodisation & training load control in futsal” (video here). Basically, I showed how we periodise at Manchester Futsal Club and at the England National Futsal Squad, and how we control the players’ recovery and regeneration.

Controlling and monitoring the daily training load is essential to achieve the best performance, but recovery and regeneration are of the same or more importance. In order to control the players’ recovery and regeneration we use three tools: the recovery and regeneration points system developed by Kentta & Hassmen (1999), the rating of perceived fatigue & rating of perceived exertion (Borg, 1970), and the analysis of the urine osmolality. Regarding the control of the training load, I released publicly for the first time the FUTLOC Tool (Futsal Training Load Control Tool). The FUTLOC tool is based on the BATLOC tool (Basketball Training Load Control Tool) (Berdejo-del-Fresno & González-Ravé, 2012) and I started to develop it when I began to work in futsal two years ago.

The second talk was “Growth, maturation, performance and technical skills: implication to talent identification” by António J. Figueiredo (University of Coimbra and Académica de Coimbra). He spoke about the differences between chronological age and  biological age and their implications in children football performance.

Finally, the last speaker was Fulvio Casadei (technical director of the youth football academy “Atletico Manè”), with the talk “A practical method for rhythmic training in young soccer players”. He showed an interesting method to work with children using music and technical drills that can develop the players’ skills as well as their perception and coordination. I found this method very interesting and applicable to futsal due to the great use of the sole in this sport. Something similar is being developed in Australia by Zova: Play to the Rhythm.

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