National Soccer Coaches Association and U.S. Futsal Launch First Online Futsal Coaching Course

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New instructional course provides introduction to the rapidly growing game of Futsal, including techniques and tools for how to start a team or league

Futsal has taken off across the U.S. with programs and facilities cropping up everywhere. But the resources for quality coach education have not existed,” said Lynn Berling-Manuel, NSCAA CEO.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and U.S. Futsal have teamed up to create the first online Futsal Coaching Course. The course is immediately available online at http://www.NSCAA.com/Futsal.

The release of the new course coincides with the finale of the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup with Argentina finishing the best in the world. The tournament took place in Colombia and began September 10 with 24 nations in competition. The popularity of the sport has created a unique demand for quality futsal education for coaches.

The NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Course is a complete guide for coaches interested in building a futsal team or applying relevant skills and techniques from the game to help develop soccer players. It consists of eight Core and five Elective Modules including:

  •     History of the game
  •     Basic techniques and tactics
  •     Rules of the game
  •     Benefits Futsal training can offer youth soccer coaches and players
  •     Training activities for players
  •     Tools on how to start a Futsal team or league

“Futsal has taken off across the U.S. with programs and facilities cropping up everywhere. But the resources for quality coach education have not existed,” said Lynn Berling-Manuel, NSCAA CEO. “We’re proud to partner with U.S. Futsal to help make sure coaches have the right information and tools they need to continue expanding the sport with new players.”

“This course provides an excellent introduction to Futsal for all coaches and gives practical and applicable training ideas that will translate into improved game performance and overall player development,” said Ian Barker, NSCAA Director of Coaching Education.

Futsal is the five-a-side version of soccer played on a basketball-sized court with a low-bounce ball. It is a fast paced, action-packed game with many similarities to soccer that can be played indoors and outdoors. The game is growing in popularity across the U.S., with many coaches and players recognizing numerous technical and tactical benefits that are transferable to soccer.

“The game of futsal has been the learning ground for some of the greatest players that have ever stepped on a soccer field,” said Alex Para, President and CEO of U.S. Futsal. “The NSCAA has been educating soccer coaches for years, and through this great partnership, we will work together to educate our coaches on how to use futsal as a way to improve the technical skills of our soccer players.”

U.S. Futsal (USFF) has been governing the sport of Futsal in the United States since 1981. The game, which was first born in Uruguay in 1930, quickly developed into a popular mainstream sport in South American countries. It was originally referred to as ‘mini soccer’ in the United States but has since adopted the popularized name, Futsal. U.S. Futsal governs futsal league play, with leagues designed for beginners as well as premier players of all ages. They host eight Regional Championships throughout the U.S, culminating with the U.S. Futsal National Championship.

About the NSCAA
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2016, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America was founded in 1941 and is based in Kansas City, Mo. It is a non-profit organization with the mission of advocating for, educating and serving soccer coaches to encourage excellence and elevate soccer in America.

The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game from professional and college to high school and youth. Benefits of membership are wide ranging including a national coaching education program, professional development resources, $1 million of general liability insurance, annual recognition for players and coaches with All-America and Coach of the Year awards, the annual NSCAA Convention, networking and mentor opportunities, Soccer Journal magazine and more. To learn more, visit http://www.nscaa.com.

About U.S. Futsal
United States FUTSAL (USFF) has governed the sport of Futsal in the United States since 1981. Futsal is the way the world plays indoor soccer. It is played on all the continents of the world in over 100 countries by more than 12 million players. Futsal is played on a basketball-size court. It can be played on a variety of surfaces and does not require walls. Without the walls, futsal is a great skill-developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin-point passing. It is an exciting game for children and adults. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Maradona, Ronaldo and Messi grew up playing the game and credit Futsal with developing their skills. Futsal is played with a special low bounce ball, requiring players to use their skills, rather than the ball's bounce, to propel it. U.S. Futsal governs futsal league play, with leagues designed for youth as well as adult and professional players. Conducts eight Regional Championships throughout the United States, culminating with the U.S. Futsal National Championship, the Oldest, Biggest and Most Prestigious Futsal Competition in the U.S for youth and adult players. Since 1983 the U.S. Futsal National Teams have competed in International Competition in the U14, U17, U20 and Open Men and Women levels. For more information, visit futsal.com or contact info(at)futsal(dot)com.

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