Soccer (American), Football (European)/Basic soccer skills

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Andy
I have volunteered to teach an adult learn to play indoor soccer(Futsal) class. This is to start after Christmass. I little experiance playing, but through study and just being a good 'manager' I coached my daughters (12)team to two second place finishes.
I want to put an emphasis on having fun while getting fit. I believe ball skills are important but myself can barely do a keep up. Can you give me any suggestions? Also, the gym we have has a lot of big 'swiss exercise balls'. Would it be OK to start of using these to practice juggling and back and forth lobs, before moving on to actual soccer balls? Thanks!

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Hello Bud,  Well done on your success so far..

In a small game (indoor), ball skills are most important, as other skills such as speed and strength are less so. I would say you want to concentrate on control, passing and being a good team. A good passing team will often beat a team who play like indiviuals.

Personally, I would start using soccer balls as soon as you can, the more your team play with the ball, the better their skills will get. You can look up some training you can do, with and without a ball on the internet. If your team are not experienced players, begin with some simple passing and control exercises. Even some kids drills are still excellent and fun ! you dont need to tell anyone they are designed for kids !

http://www.sportplan.net/drills/Football/index.jsp

The above site has some great content you could use.

Hope thats answered your question, should you need more info please let me know.

Regards,
Andrew.

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Andy Black

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I'm happy to answer questions relating to playing in, managing and running a football (soccer) club. I am up to date with laws of the game (adult 11-a-side) and pay attention to the news in major european leagues. I may not be able to answer questions relating to junior football laws and do not have contacts at professional clubs.

Experience

I have played both 11-a-side and 5-a-side football at regional level for 15 years and at youth level prior to this for as long as i can remember. I have experience of managing adult teams both at intermediate and amateur level, and as son of a club Chairman i am familiar with running and progressing a club.

Education/Credentials
None relating directly to football, will be taking FA Coaching badges over next few years.

Awards and Honors
2007 Regional 6-a-side league winners.

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