Orlando, Florida - In our previous recap, we discussed the overall benefits of youth futsal coaching courses. The United Futsal University Regional Diploma 1 course provided the coaches in attendance with optimism about future development. The final recap addresses how the course equipped Champions Cup Series (CCS) clubs with the tools to progress their programs.
The Champions Cup Series (CCS) brings together clubs from across the country with different futsal backgrounds. For some coaches or parents, futsal was part of their own development. For those unfamiliar with the game, becoming educated on coaching development practices in soccer and now futsal has allowed their children to reach the highest level. Philip Haynes, Yellowcap FC head coach (Atlanta, GA), initially began coaching in order to improve the skills of his children. Over 10 years later, Haynes attended the Regional Diploma 1 course.
"I have never played soccer in my life," said Haynes. "I got into soccer when my kids joined. I realized my kids needed to improve. So I studied a lot. I got my kids prepared. I have studied how to be a good coach and apply it to my own kids. This futsal coaching course will now be part of that learning process for them."
The United Futsal University course shared fundamental tools for CCS clubs to progress. Youth futsal clubs continue to search for knowledge that will take their programs to the next level; however, credible resources beyond technical aspects remain scarce. For Haynes, the course filled in the gap of information.
"The things we lack at our club are the foundations of rotations, movements and space," said Haynes. "Those three things I want to take back home to Yellowcap FC."
Additionally, the ceiling of a coach’s knowledge is a common threshold reached. Regional Diploma 1 was not only an opportunity for novices to progress. It also provided experienced youth futsal coaches with resources to transcend the limitations of their knowledge.
"Our players will benefit a lot from this course," said Rafael Nava, Chicago Street Futsal head coach. "We took a lot of information. For a lot of concepts, we were kind of on it. But some things we did not know how to expand - what is the next step? What else is out there in terms of progress?"
Moreover, the Regional Diploma 1 youth futsal coaching course assisted learning and experienced coaches with improving their programs. No matter the background, room for growth is inherent in all coaches of the game.
The coaches in attendance received an abundance of knowledge that, although much to take in, was fitting. In other words, the full-day coaches session provided appropriate time for the complex topics addressed.
"There wasn’t anything that needed to be expanded," said Diego Velasquez, New York Ecuador head coach. "I think the timing was perfect. He went over it the right way. As a coach, I don't like courses to be extended. If you have something, go straight to the topic and point."
Despite the quantity of information in Regional Diploma 1, additional steps remain in the United Futsal University coaches development pathway. Jason Ford, Select Soccer Academy (SSA) (Miami, FL) head coach, considered the amount of information appropriate for the time being. In particular, he believes additional information or an extended session would have exhausted the learning process, which consists of more steps in the future.
"It was explained that the next level of the course will be more detailed with more information," said Ford. "I think what was given for now is a very good base - a foundation for us to get to that next step, which is at CCS Nationals. I hope at the national course we will get those intricate details that were not covered."
As stated in previous recaps, the basics of futsal tend to now be common knowledge. However, the intrinsic details of futsal remain unshared with the general public. The Regional Diploma 1 was a step back from the broad understanding of the game in order to focus on underlying details and concepts.
"It was great to see how the little things create the big picture," said Nava. "The small, technical things that we need to be focused on rather than the overall picture. Sometimes we go into the big picture and don’t really focus too much on those - the details."
Furthermore, United Futsal University Regional Diploma 1 reminded coaches to analyze training sessions and the underlying concepts. In particular, unplanned training without a core concept addressed or worked up to should be avoided. Players may progress with technical ability, but the overall understanding of concepts and their relevance may not be.
"The course reinforced the need to work a little harder," said Velasquez. "It helped us think about how to improve the game. Sometimes we plan and run a session thinking all kids understand. At the end of the day, if we don’t repeat the core concepts over and over - a lot of these kids are not going to understand."
We are thankful for the coaches that attended the inaugural session of United Futsal University. United Futsal looks forward to learning as well as witnessing how the concepts taught at Regional Diploma 1 progressed the Champions Cup Series (CCS) clubs.