Good video tutorial walks you through the various parts of a player’s body that can be used to receive a ball playing futsal. For those of you new to class, futsal is a specialized form of soccer that borrows certain aspects and techniques from the more common United States version of indoor soccer using “boards” to surround the playing area. Futsal is played on a hard surface with definite boundaries and no perimeter “boards” to keep balls in play.
The emphasis in futsal is ball control and foot skills. Taking on opponents 1 v 1 in the 5 v 5 format allows you to “beat” defenders using your ball skills. With the emphasis on controlling the ball is also borrows some strategic characteristics of basketball!
This video breaks down the areas that are “legal” to receive the ball. Essentially receiving the ball in futsal is the same as the various traps available for play in the outdoor game. Players should be adept at using the inside and outside parts of their feet along with soles and the top of the foot (to “catch” and cradle the ball). Additionally the video touches on thigh, chest and head traps. The emphasis on all the traps is to keep the ball close to you and in a position to immediately dribble or pass it.
The video closes with a good futsal receiving drill that can just as easily be adapted to a portion of an outdoor practice session as a trapping drill!
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