World-class Futsal coaching

English Futsal coaches were treated to a tutorial with one of the world’s top technicians at St. George’s Park last weekend, as Mico Martic attended a coach development workshop.

Nearly 80 Futsal coaches from across the country were present to learn from the FIFA Lead Futsal Instructor, former Croatia boss and player and the current Finland head coach.

It’s the latest opportunity for Futsal coaches in England to learn and upskill themselves, with The FA having increased the provisions for those involved at every level of the game to raise their knowledge and quality.

England Futsal head coach Peter Sturgess watches his side in action.

Members of the England Futsal team’s coaching staff were in attendance at St. George’s Park

And Martic’s sessions were the latest coach development workshop for The FA to host after recently welcoming Portuguese head coach Jorge Braz to run an advanced Futsal course in London on the same weekend as The FA Futsal Cup.

England goalkeeping coach Tony Elliott has also provided a series of Futsal goalkeeping workshops up and down the country throughout the season.

But this weekend saw Martic’s vast coaching knowledge put to good use as he explained in depth how to introduce the concepts of “pressing and rotating” into their team-play.  

Among the diverse range of people attending the course were the current England Futsal team coaching staff, FA National Futsal League club coaches, coaches from professional football clubs and grassroots coaches from across the country.  

“In England, we recognise that we have much to learn from the rest of the Futsal world in all elements of the game, but particularly with regard to coaching,” said Simon Walker, Head Of Futsal at The FA.

“If we are to catch up with the leading Futsal nations, it is essential that we increasingly invite coaching talent of the likes of Mico and Jorge Braz to England to share their knowledge and experiences to help develop our coaches in England.  

“It is important that we continue to learn from the best.” 

Walker went on to reaffirm The FA’s commitment to developing Futsal coach education opportunities in England, with The FA currently in the final stages of developing a Level 3 (UEFA B) Futsal coaching course.

That is expected to launch in early 2015, and a National Futsal Coaching conference to be held at St. Georges Park in November 2014.  

And Walker promises that the coaching conference will consist of more Futsal coaching luminaries from around the world to help raise the coaching standards in this country.