Club takes Futsal to local youth

Players aged six, seven and eight being introduced to Futsal practically and theoretically.

Futsal is the fastest growing indoor sport in the world, and is the only small sided football format that is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure.

“It is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game,” said Tintin Pillay, official of Reservoir Hills Sports Club. “Our immediate plan is to coordinate a Futsal league among the youth within our community. Getting our youth to constantly play Futsal will have tremendous benefit to their overall soccer development,” continued Pillay.

At a recent coaching seminar conducted by Chris Naidoo, the amazing benefits of Futsal were clearly appreciated by all present. 

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development. Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka and Lionel Messi played and enjoyed Futsal. But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars. On the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi and Fabregas, among many others, have played Futsal to develop their skills.

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“Some of our local coaches recently attended an advanced Futsal course conducted by Portuguese international coach, Joao Pinto,” said Pillay.

A recent school tournament held at Westville Boys’ High School on Friday, June 16, which was administered by the KZN High Schools’ Football Association, was successful. Participating schools entered teams in junior (u14 and u15) and senior (u16 and 19) sections.

The participating junior teams were: Westville Boys’ High School (4 teams), Durban High School (1 team), Kloof High School (1 team) and All Stars (2 teams). In the senior section, the participating teams were: Westville Boys’ High School (2 teams), Durban High school (1 team), Northwood (1 team), St Henry’s Marist Brothers (1 team)l, Reddam Umhlanga (1 team) and All Stars (2 teams).

The guest of honour for the day was Chris Naidoo, coach of the eThekwini City Futsal team who won the National league and cup double this year.  Naidoo selected a junior and senior team from the players on view to play in a representative match later in the season.

The final results on the day were as follows: Junior Section: Durban High School beat Kloof High School 5-4. Senior section: All Stars beat Westville Boys’ High 3-2. Lewis Donnelly from the Ekaya Football Association was thanked for his role as tournament director on the day and his input in the tournament’s organisation.

It is envisaged to run the tournament annually and to expand it to the girl’s section of the KZN High School’s Football Association from next year. The Reservoir Hills Sports Club has scheduled a Futsal tournament on August 12, for the local primary schools in the Reservoir Hills and neighbouring areas. The club is hopeful that the high schools will be keen to participate in a similar tournament shortly.

“If we intend in making an impact on the international soccer scene, we need to start with proper development of our youth; and nothing comes close to Futsal as a development tool. Our local soccer administrators and coaches need to understand the concept of development. If you look at most Brazilians and South American players they have grown up playing Futsal,” explained Tintin Pillay. 

Pillay added, “This is one of the big reasons they are technically skilled, creative minded, and possess the ability to play effectively even under high pressure. If players are introduced to Futsal at a very early age, their development is much quicker and within a short space of time our National Team will benefit in leaps and bounds.” For further enquiries on Futsal, Tintin Pillay can be contacted on 072-616-1116 or 078-043-2142.

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