This program uses an open format providing both training and games at every session. You do not need to come as part of a team, but that said, team/group friends and teammates (e.g., from a US Club, CYSA) have an option to train together. Note that this camp is recommended for Gold and Premiere players. THIS CAMP IS VERY SPECIAL - IT WILL BE DIRECTED BY THREE TOP INTERNATIONAL COACHES. IT WILL BE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE AND FULL OF TOP CLASS COACHING!
Location: Arrillaga Family Gymnasium on Menlo Park City and Cubberley Pavilion, both allows ample room for full size games (large goals), many smaller games (small goals), and training. Playing games (small sided and 5v5) will occur for a part of each session. Players may move between groups depending on skills and competition desired. An additional Cubberley gym may be used to expand the game/training area, or separate particular groups (e.g. younger players who may benefit with more attention).
What to bring and wear: Players should wear normal soccer clothes, shin guards, and GYM shoes. A rounded toe shoe with maximum bottom surface area is optimal, but any athletic shoe will work. Any color T-shirt/shorts/socks is acceptable. A water fountain and rest rooms are available.
Attendance Requirements: None. We require registration which includes a parent consent and fee, but beyond that the program is guided by personal desire. We hope the players enjoy a fantastic experience, but they should not feel obligated to attend every session. However, that said, players who come to every session will develop much more rapidly and effectively.
Session Overview: Each session includes some technical workout and training; this will typically be the first part of the session and may occur in multiple groups with one coach per group. Small scrimmages (e.g., 3v3) and variations thereof provide players with many "touches" (i.e. ball handling opportunities) and different conditions to emphasize a particular objective. Very importantly, players learn many small games and hopefully develop their own creativity in the process. Lastly, part of the session time is used for regular 5v5 games. Teams are determined both by player preference and coaching to guide competition and skill development.
Even More About the Sessions.....At these young ages expect the players to start playing immediately upon arrival. Unlike adults they do not need much warmup. The technical workouts will be interspersed throughout the small sided game playing, while the full court 5v5 games during the latter hour will probably have minimum coach intervention. An important component of the program is a player finding his/her own creativity on the court. To do this they want to be encouraged to take chances and use peer pressure to self correct. Many times the players will be left to adjust conditions, move between older and younger groups, be a champ or suffer some embarrassment. We welcome the parents to stay and watch.....however please keep your silence....we want the players focusing on each other and not get distracted by even a boast of praise.
Equipment: Full size Futsal goals, small goals, Futsal balls and standard size basketball courts are provided via the Cubberley Pavilion gym and World United FC. The two courts at Cubberley Pavilion Gym allow two simultaneously 5v5 games; the basketball court perimeter lines provide the "out of bounds" that is also used by Futsal. Different colored pullover Pennies will be provided to establish team colors. Futsal balls for purchase are available during normal sessions, but personal possession of a ball is not required for the program.
Futsal Basics: Two 5 player team compete on a basketball sized court. When a ball goes out of bounds (i.e., out of the basketball court area) it is placed on the line at the place of exit. The team who did not touch the ball last, then kicks the ball into play (i.e., no throw-ins in Futsal). The ball is size #3-#4 versus the normal size #5 soccer ball and is slightly more padded. The goalkeeper may use hands.The goal is 6’x6’. There are two 20 - 25 minute halves in a game.
Futsal Observations: What we notice about Futsal players is a common characteristic to gain confidence in tight space, keep their head up while controlling the ball, and anticipating a teammates next move. Their decisions appear intuitive. We think this is a result of getting many touches with the ball in a short amount of time (compared with outdoor soccer) and the ample opportunity to take chances and learn by experience.
Coaches: Vava Marques, Andreu Plaza and Gerard Floriach will direct the effort personally. They will also have multiple experienced coaches assisting. In addition, they may invite high school players (boys and girls, most of whom are experienced in Futsal) to assist in registration, coordination and sometimes provide competition.