UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY: Best local young footballing talent sought

September 2, 2015by Jalson0

Carlisle Futsal Club Academy are recruiting players for their centre of excellence programme.

Do you have what it takes to eventually compete in elite level sport? Are you one of the regions top young footballers? Do you want the challenge of representing Carlisle across England against the best in the country in your age group? If so we want to hear from you.

Al331The Club yesterday announced plans to introduce Centre of Excellence squads from age 10 upwards as part of a re-vamp of its academy programme.

The decision has been made off the back of the Clubs inclusion in the FA Futsal Super League, England’s elite domestic competition, and the FAs recent announcement that they are launching U19 and U23 England squads.

The Club has a responsibility to ensure it is providing opportunity for the best local talent to emerge onto the elite performance pathway and these changes do exactly that.

The Club will continue to deliver its Futsal classes programme which caters for all levels of ability up to the age of 10.

For anyone interested in trials for the Clubs representative squads you should complete the form opposite and a member of the Academy coaching team will be in touch. Players in particularly high demand are those age 10, 11, 12, 13 and 16, 17, 18, 19  and 20.

All CofE squads will be trained to play the CFC way in readiness for progression into the Clubs first team squad. There will be competitive opportunities during the season against other national league clubs academy teams and in the FA Futsal youth cup.

Interested but nervous because you don’t know anything about Futsal? 

Dont worry you will learn all you need to know from our superb coaching team. All we need from you is a suitable level of technical ability, a desire to work hard and an desire to learn. If we have those ingredients then we can turn you into a Futsal player.

There are many components that come together to create a well-balanced futsal player. Here is what we will work on:


Keeping calm and exceptional concentration are key: players must keep their team’s foul count down. Any more than five and a 10m penalty is conceded. Well timed tackles are vital. Lack of space foster the Futsal intelligence needed for well-timed passes and clever skills. Games last over an hour so being able to focus for the whole game is vital.


The fast pace and tight space mean peripheral vision is well honed: with a sharp awareness of team mates and opponents positioning, one incisive pass turns defence into a scoring chance.


Fluid tactics and rolling substitutions mean that a Futsal player’s ears must be constantly tuned to his coach’s instructions.


Sliding tackles are uncommon, so upper body strength helps players muscle in on possession or avoid being muscled out. With space limited, it also helps players hold their position against jostling opponents. High levels of endurance are a must to deal with constant swapping of positions and switches between defence and attack. High lactic threshold required to cope with the constant sprint endurance requirements.


There’s no time to let tired legs relax when a player takes to the bench. Players might be required to go from sitting to scoring in a matter of seconds under the rolling substitutions system. Sprinter’s legs are needed for fast counter attacking and to revert swiftly to defence on losing possession, when a team often changes its formation completely.


Good Futsal players should be able to use both feet. Waste time switching the ball between feet and there’ll be a defender cutting out your options or whipping the ball off your toes. Back heels and other tricks are useful for getting out of a tight spot and a top notch piece of skill creates options from a dead end. Rather than executing short passes with the instep like a footballer, Futsal players achieve better accuracy over short distances with the point of the toe, while the sole of the foot is also important for controlling the ball. Footwear is designed to grip the playing surface and maximise ball control.

Get in touch if you have any questions info@carlislefutsal.com

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