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The under 12s

Head Coach

Our club has a its own style of play. Every CFC coach follows our Clubs own coaching curriculum and in the foundation stage (age 5-11) it is designed to ensure players are equipped with the necessary technical skills to allow them to develop down our elite pathway from age 12 onwards.

Our curriculum

At this age Futsal techniques should happen as a matter of habit. The ‘Futsal theory’ needed to be learnt at this age is still limited. The focus shifts from 1v1 ability to a heavier focus on working in pairs and 3 in a line around the court. Various systems of attack and defence are explored as we aim to expand Futsal knowledge in the players.

The following needs to be known at this age:

  1. Where to play including positions and the court boundaries.
  2. What happens when the ball goes out of play (4 second rule, getting set, stop clock)
  3. Number of players and substitutions.
  4. Game length.
  5. How to play the ball.
  6. Behaviour towards the opposition.
  7. Sanctions including technical and discipline.



Team Tactics

Players work in pairs for the benefit of the team and translate this into basic tactical formation ideas for match play with particular focus on the 4-0 formation. Team tactics from kick ins and corners become more advanced.

In defence the aim is to prevent a goal and recovering possession of the ball.

Game are played with general instruction only. Instructions by coaches are given at breaks in play only never during the game. In attack focus on moving the ball towards the oppositions goal to find a suitable shooting position.

Individual Tactics

Players should be constant and active at all times during the game.

Work on focus of attack & defence and dealing with transition.

Attacking elements to learn including
1. Progress towards the oppositions goal
2. Help the player with the ball
3. Losing a marker
4. Finding space
5. Quick decision making when on the ball

Defensive elements to learn:
1. Introduce the concept of marking
2. Ball interception

Our coaches will cover the following technical teachings in their sessions at this age group:

Attacking techniques to be learnt include:

  1. Shooting accuracy
  2. Correcting deficiencies in how players strike the ball
  3. Dribbling (using both feet)
  4. Passing & receiving sole of the foot with every 1st touch.

Defensive techniques to be learnt include:

  1. Body position
  2. Quick interception


Attacking techniques to be learnt include:

  1. Shooting (power and accuracy)
  2. Biomechanics (Approaching the ball to pass or shoot)
  3. Fluidity of movement
  4. Correcting deficiencies in how players strike the ball
  5. Dribbling (using both feet)
  6. Passing & receiving 

Defensive techniques to be learnt include:

  1. Balance when marking opposition
  2. Body position to facilitate interception
  3. Individual responsibility
  4. Delay, depth, cover basics


Be reactive to the players at this age, let them tell you what they want to do at times, make sure learning is fun. Always promote:

  1. Good behaviour
  2. Respect for others

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Drills and practices should ALWAYS incorporate a ball. Never use session time to train players on physical elements. Practices and drills should be designed to improve:

  1. General dynamic coordination
  2. Hand eye coordination
  3. Perception & spatial awareness
  4. Consolidation of static balance and development of dynamic balance
  5. Develop the dominant foot
  6. Consolidate general coordination and proprioception
  7. General overall physical ability

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