The winter can be long in Canada, especially in provinces and territories that see more snow than others. It’s definitely a tough number of months for soccer players when they have no choice but to retreat indoors. You often hear players on the turf or bench comment how difficult it is to adapt from an outdoor frame of mind to indoor. I’m definitely one of those who doesn’t get the “feel” of indoor soccer until late in the season and by then, it’s time for outdoor. Don’t get me wrong. I do believe it’s vital for a player to be versatile, but with so much recent uproar on developing young Canadian soccer players, why not take advantage of futsal if you can’t play outdoors?
While I don’t believe every Canadian city should switch all of their indoor leagues to futsal, it would be great to have the option to take part. I think it would benefit younger players, male or female, who are seriously thinking about soccer. Futsal can help develop skills that are brushed aside playing during the winter months.
Futsal is sanctioned by FIFA and the men’s World Cup is played every four years. The 2012 edition is currently underway in Thailand.
I came across the following two FIFA videos. The first is a compilation of the best goals from the 2008 Futsal World Cup in Brazil. You’ll see the speed of the game at work, but also note the technique. The game’s so fast that players must make decisions very quickly. Here’s a recent video on one of the world’s best players, Brazil’s Falcao. It’s hard to keep your eyes off of his footwork. It’s inspiring.