The BSA Futsal Program


The BSA Futsal Model

Brevard Soccer Academy is fully embracing Futsal as part of our soccer culture. We at BSA believe that Futsal will help our players fall in love with the game of soccer and improve skills, techniques and speed of play. BSA has appointed Chris Felber as their Futsal Director.

About Coach Felber

Coach Felber brings a wealth of Experience in Futsal from, playing, coaching, running leagues, tournaments and club programs. Felber has won Futsal National titles in both Scotland and America, and multiple US Futsal and US youth Futsal regional titles, as well as many state titles in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Training Opportunities

  • Spring and Fall Futsal training for individual players – all levels including non-BSA players, through our own new Futsal Academy
  • Team Futsal training – (in place of, or an adjunct to soccer training) one-two times a week during Winter and summer months. Teams will compete in local leagues and/or State tournaments or other local tournaments.
  • Additional Select Regional teams will be formed to compete at the highest level under the BSA Mia San Futsal banner. They will compete in State, Regional and National championships. Selected non-BSA players may join the Regional teams as well. Coaches and the Director of Futsal will be responsible for Regional Team player selection.

Curriculum and Coaching

  • Our brand-new Futsal curriculum will have its methodology structured around the rules of Futsal and be fully transitional to outdoor soccer. There will be a wealth and variety of teaching techniques applied to develop foot skills, coordination, and attention to distribution. Players will learn to be more efficient on the ball, taking less steps and less touches to complete tasks. Be willing to hold up the ball, slow the ball down and speed the ball up. Striking the ball will improve and will be easier when returning to an outdoor ball.
  • Team shape and movement will be a huge focus. Both keeping shape and changing shape will be important. Adapting in games and during play to change and share positions. Integrated team plays and movement will be a part of learning how to play with payers in and around you. There is no hiding in Futsal. All players are involved pretty much all of the time.
  • A mix of our own BSA coaches and outside Futsal coaches will be part of a pool of Futsal trainers prepared to provide quality Futsal training and coaching. Coaches will receive instructional Futsal training from our Director, Chris Felber.

Brevard Soccer Academy is building a futsal court at Max K. Rodes Park. This will be the first of its kind in the area. Uruguay developed the idea of Futsal to help train for Olympics and the first ever World Cup through the winter. Uruguay went on to win the first ever FIFA World Cup and the popularity of Futsal has given the game worldwide popularity. Futsal has developed into its own professional sport with leagues, national teams and its own FIFA Futsal World Cup. Futsal is the only indoor version of Soccer recognized by FIFA.


Why Futsal?

Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA.  Skills development is important, and Futsal is recognized as the best form of indoor football. That's not the only reason, though.

  • Futsal promotes better skills development.
  • Futsal promotes quality touches.
  • Futsal is safer.  Futsal eliminates the injuries from wall collisions associated with other forms of indoor football.
  • Futsal is also less expensive. Futsal makes quality soccer more affordable.
Who says Futsal is really that much better?

FIFA says Futsal is better. The Brazilians and Spanish are among the many nations that swear by it. Pele, Ronaldo, Robinho, Romario, Zico, Kaka, Neymar, Messi, Inestia and Xavi all credit Futsal for much of their skill and technique development. All the major heads of Soccer and FIFA declared that this is the way to go. Once you experience Futsal, you will see the reasons.

Some Futsal Benefits

BSA is committed to bringing Futsal to our community which will provide multiple benefits to our youth and adults alike:

  • Players get 600% more touches in a Futsal game than in a traditional soccer game
  • Players can learn concepts of formation in a smaller, more controlled environment.
  • The rules of the game, density of the ball, and smooth surface, forces players to play with speed.
  • Futsal is a different game that offers new excitement and different challenges.
  • The smaller field is more inclusive for Adult leagues providing less running and better skill.
  • The controlled fenced in environment will be ideal for our Top Soccer Program (players with physical and mental disabilities)
  • Less injuries
  • Easier and more repetitive coaching moments
What are the Pros saying?

"As a kid, you need to touch the ball as much as you can. You should always be with the ball. You should have a feeling that wherever the ball is, you can do anything with it. No matter where it is, where it is on your body, how it's spinning, how it's coming at you, the speed it's coming at you, anything. You can learn the tactical side of the game later. It's amazing to me that people put so much emphasis on trying to be tactical and worry about winning when it doesn't matter when you're 12 years old. We're going to have big, strong, fast players. We're Americans, we're athletes. But if we never learn at an early age to be good on the ball, then it's just useless."

- Landon Donovan, US National Team

Ronaldo, the great Brazilian player developed his skills at an early age with Futsal.

"At 12, I joined an indoor "Futebol' De Salao" league to play Futsal. Futsal is a game played on a hard surface with a small ball made to roll -- not bounce. Your footwork had to be good to move in and out of traffic, since the pitch was so small -- about the size of a basketball court. I loved the challenge of playing in such tight spaces."

- Ronaldo "El Fenomeno", Brazilian National Team, Real Madrid, European and World Cup champion

“The first thought is to look for a guy who is 1.80 meters tall and very strong. That’s not the answer. What we need are players that understand our essence, the concept of the third man, the pass that creates superiority”

- Xavi, Barcelona and Spain, multi time European champion and World Cup Winner

What are the coaches saying?

"The season of futsal is when I see the greatest improvement in my players as individuals and as teammates. The game its self is designed specifically to enable players to improve. Speed of play is enforced due to the four second rule, size of field and speed of the ball. The ball is smaller and heavier, making it more difficult to strike. As players return to the outdoor game, they will find it easier to strike the ball and add power. The tight field forces players to control the ball and figure out how to succeed under pressure. The game itself by nature will improve each player, however, I have found that the constant repetition provides naturally occurring teaching moments. We can teach our players concepts of 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4 and even 5v5 in almost every moment of the game. We learn big game concepts in a smaller more manageable environment which allows me the opportunity to provide instant and constant feedback."

- Chris Felber

How does Futsal promote better technique?

Just watch Futsal players fight to keep the ball from crossing the touchline and you'll immediately begin to see how Futsal develops skill, control, and technique. A small field with lines puts players constantly under pressure from other players and out-of-play boundaries. Players must learn to settle the ball rapidly, turn sharply, shield effectively, pass quickly and move into open space. Compared to walled soccer or large indoor field soccer, Futsal places a greater premium on ball control. There is no reward for errant passes because the other team gets the ball. There is no incentive to 'kick and run' because the field is too small and packed with players. Players with the ball must use proper technique to maintain control and must seek out other players in space. Players without the ball must move to 'real' space and must truly support their teammates.

However, for Futsal, the emphasis is clearly on control and technique. Without control and technique you cannot expect to succeed in Futsal. If you are serious about skills and technique development, Futsal is the superior activity. Futsal promotes better technique and develops skills more rapidly. It is the "expressway" to correct soccer player development. It is time well spent.

As an offensive Futsal player, unlike other small sided or indoor soccer there are no walls to save errant passes. There are no walls to stop long balls. There are no walls to rebound errant shots. There are no walls against which to pin the ball or your opponent. There are no walls to help you if you lack the feinting skills to beat a defender. There are no walls to save you if your teammates are not moving into space to support you. In general, you must control the ball, use proper touch and technique, use correct pace, send accurate service, and truly work dynamic combinations. The speed of the ball and rules force players to play quickly in their head but controlled at their feet.

As a Futsal defender, you can 'face up' on an oncoming player just like in outdoor soccer (there is no wall pass to beat you). You can let errant passes go out of bounds to win the ball (the proper result of your opponent's faux pas). Goalies and defenders can concentrate on proper shot blocking angles. You do not need to worry about long overhead balls, which should go out of bounds. You can drive an oncoming player into the side to break up break-a ways or outnumbered breaks. In general, you can practice and perfect the defensive techniques, which apply to outdoor soccer. You don't waste time working on defending against phantom players (i.e. walls). Not being able to play back to your goalkeeper more than once and the fact the “long ball” is eliminated on a short fast field means defenders must learn how to play from the back and join in the attack. Futsal skills and creative ideas are vital for all Futsal players including the Goalkeeper and defenders.

Is Futsal new?

Futsal is the new rage in soccer. However, the United States is just catching on to what the world already knows. Superior soccer skill is built by simulating the outdoor game indoors with small-sided games and a smaller ball. World famous clubs such as Ajax have used this approach for years. Futsal has been around since the 1920s and  1930s but America’s interest in soccer skill development has only recently focused attention on the training techniques used in successful soccer powerhouses such as Brazil, Holland, Germany, France, Argentina, Spain and Italy.