Javier Lozano Recommends
Futsal for Youth Players
Letter from Javier Lozano
National Futsal Coach of Spain
MADRID (7-14-98) - In answer to your questions, I started playing
Futsal in 1982. My teams were Toledo (five seasons), Algon (one season), Marsanz (one
season), and Cajatoledo (two seasons). I played my last game on 7 July, 1991.
When I was a player, I trained younger players, but I began as a
professional coach on 15 August 1991. The last team where I played was my first team as a
professional coach. I became national coach in January, 1992.
"In Spain, actually, all soccer players under 25 have practiced Futsal in schools and
and have played in youth championships.
(Photo: Javier Lozano.)
I will not be taking a club team to the championships in Belgium,
because I will be training the national team only.
My advice for youth soccer coaches is for them to work toward developing the following
qualities that can be derived from Futsal:
* Play in reduced spaces with the smaller, Futsal ball because this adapts well to the
smaller size of the youth players.
* The use of five players on the smaller playing area ensures that the players participate
more, and it accelerates their acquisition of technique.
* Playing in reduced space develops creativity.
* Playing very close the their opponents in the small area accustoms the players to think
and makes decisions very rapidly.
* The small playing area and close proximity of opponents causes the players to learn to
move without the ball in order to create free space.
* Participation of substitutes is very dynamic and has special importance.
Brazilian players are the best in individual technique, specifically in
their speed in the execution of technique. It's easier for them, because of the social
characteristics of their environment, they have much more time to practice with the ball
at a very early age.
Another detail in the Brazilians' favor is that Futsal has been played in their country
for the past 50 years.
In Brazil, all of the outdoor players have played Futsal.
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