Thursday, 27 June 2013


About 2 weeks ago I received an email for Australia asking me to write a post. The email was from “Aussie Indoor Sport”, and they wanted me to write a piece about futsal. They gave me several topics and ideas: working out a manageable exercise routine on a full time work schedule, killing the procrastination of exercise, fitness through indoor soccer, great way to socialise and stay fit, keeping fit and healthy this winter with indoor sports... or I could pick my own topic. At the end, I decided to mix several topics and this is the results:

Five brief tips to play futsal:

1) First touch and control Try to recognise where the space is before you receive the ball and control the ball in that direction. Sometimes you might need close control in tight situations when you are marked, other times this can help start an attack by controlling into vacant areas of the pitch.
2) Positioning and movement In a smaller game, finding space is vital. This might need you to do a dummy run before you get the ball by faking to go one way for one or two steps and then travelling back quickly. Gaining that extra yard can be vital!
3) Passing Try to be clever with your passing in small-sided games by adding disguise and deception. Changing the angle of your foot at the last second or not looking directly at your team mate can create vital goal scoring opportunities that the defence do not predict!
 4) Shooting Chances might be hard to come by so make the most of these by either aiming across the goal into the far corners or taking the easy pass to a team mate to score if your angle is tight. Use your laces for power, inside of the foot for accuracy.
 5) Communication Making the game easy for your team mates can be done by simply telling them what is going on and providing information about the game. Have they got space to turn? Have they got a man-on? Helping to make their decision-making easier and quicker helps the team!

Five brief aspects to play futsal:

Studies have shown that playing small-sided games of football are just as good for your fitness as interval training. Therefore you will have the same high intensity interval training’s benefits:

1) Healthier heart
It is very difficult to push yourself into the anaerobic zone in a gym session. However, playing futsal you will do it without realising! So you will work on both the aerobic zone and the anaerobic zone, improving your recovery capacity.

2) Efficient
You do not need to perform a long gym session. Just playing one half (20 minutes) three times a week shows the same benefits as jog in the treadmill for one hour. Whit just 2 weeks you can improve your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.

3) Burn more fat
You burn more fat during and after the workout since that intense exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive.

4) Agility
Playing futsal requires a lot of change of directions and speed. You will need to do a lot of fakes and faints to take the free space, so your agility, speeed and quickness will improve.

5) Social Aspect
It is funny to play a game. Since you can talk and compete with other people. Competition is always nice. But as I said before your communication in futsal is essential.

Finally, if you want to know more about Aussie Indoor Sports just see below:

Aussie Indoor Sports Futsal Leagues’ corporate motto is ‘where fitness meets fun’. This reflects the company’s commitment to offering the proven product of an indoor soccer competition in a friendly environment. Our aim is to provide teams with an opportunity to test themselves against other teams, thus improving their fitness and skills in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Company Overview
Aussie Indoor Sports Futsal Leagues is an established commercial provider of 5-a-side amateur indoor soccer (futsal) competitions, operating eight leagues in inner Melbourne; Prahran, Footscray, Elwood, Mount Waverley, Avondale Heights, Ivanhoe, Vermont, Clayton and Reservoir.
The company was established in 2006, as Australian soccer rode a wave of popularity linked to the national team’s good performance at the 2006 World Cup. The company has quickly established a strong presence in the Melbourne soccer community, as evidenced by the popularity of its eight venues.

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