Winter Clinics

Winter Futsal Academy

We are pleased to announce that registration for BOTH winter 2023 programs will open on Wednesday November 16th at 12pm!
(15 minute (11.45am) “headstart” to registration access for social media followers and DRIVN App Users!)

Our NSC Futsal Academy program takes place over the Winter months and provides an opportunity for NSC players to develop their soccer through the game of futsal. The program has proved extremely popular and early registration is recommended!

+ What is Futsal?

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided soccer game that is played all across the world. It is a 5v5 small-sided game played on a hard surface, basketball sized court with a smaller, low bounce ball.  Futsal is played with touchline boundaries and without walls. 

Futsal places a large emphasis on technical skill in high pressure situations (tight spaces) which translates great to the outdoor game.  The sport is a great skill developer as it demands quick reflexes, fast thinking and pin-point passing!

Futsal is played in all the continents of the world by over 100 countries with over 12 million players.  Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Ronaldo, Messi, Kaka and Ronaldinho grew up playing the game and credit futsal with helping to develop their skills on the soccer field.

+Why Futsal?

The top priority of our Futsal Academy is to motivate players in an environment that is conducive to learning. The more pleasure kids derive from their participation, the more they wish to play and practice on their own. While their instinct to play is natural, their affection and appreciation for soccer must be cultivated. Futsal is the foundation to such goals because it:

  • Allows players to frequently touch the ball.
  • Presents many opportunities to score goals.
  • Encourages regaining possession of the ball as a productive, fun and rewarding part of the game where every time you win the ball, you have an immediate opportunity to score!
  • Maximizes active participation and minimizes inactivity and boredom.
  • Reflects the philosophy of player development expressed not only in our NSC player development philosophies but also state and national coaching schools!
  • Eliminates complicated rules such as off-sides that may hinder youngsters from “playing”.

Our Futsal Academy runs in 2 ‘tiers’ based on the current level at which your child plays at NSC.

  • Open Session – Intended for players new to soccer or currently in our NSCJA & NSCCL (grade 1-6 “In-Town”) Teams
  • BAYS Invitational – Intended for players currently on an NSC BAYS Travel Team (grades 3-8)

Please be sure to register for the correct program for your child. Selecting the incorrect program or age group may lead to your child being waitlisted

Futsal Academy – BAYS Invitational Information
(BAYS Travel Grades 3-8th)

Futsal Academy – OPEN Session Information
(NSCJA, NSCCL 1st-6th)

+Why Futsal With NSC?

Needham Soccer Club is proud to partner with the professional coaching staff of the New England Revolution Academy. Both our “Futsal Academy Open Sessions” & “BAYS Invitational Academy” will be lead by Director of Coaching & Revolution Academy Technical Director, Matt Murray along with coaches from the NE Revolution Academy coaching staff!

With professionally trained coaches leading session’s right here in Needham, NSC is doubling down on our strong belief in using the game of Futsal to develop soccer players and maximizing the benefits for your child with NSC beyond Futsal! Benefits that include.

  1. Cost effective pricing for Professional Coaching instruction from the NE Revolution Academy!
  2. Time effective sessions as each session runs 1 hour & takes place right here in Needham!
  3. Player Identification and Developmental movement possible with multi-tiered program.
  4. Age & skill appropriate options with “Open” & “Invitational” Sessions where Professional Coaches can track and move players in order to make the best environment possible and challenge players according to their desire, development & current level of play.

Our professional coaches will create an atmosphere that will very much allow for the game to be the teacher. In order to foster an environment conducive to learning as described above, players will be encouraged to play with freedom, creativity & imagination. Our ultimate goal is to allow the players to have fun with the game and to help cultivate a passion and love for the beautiful game itself!

+What are the Tiers in NSC Futsal Academy?

Simply put the different Tiers to our Futsal Academy indicate the different programs offered at our 3rd – 6th Grade age groups. Due to the increasing popularity of our Futsal Academy over the past 2 years (since our partnership with the Revolution Academy began) we have been in desperate need of more time and gym space at each of these age groups.  Taking into account the feedback from both our members as well as coaches running these Futsal sessions, we saw an opportunity to address 2 major issues with our Futsal Program (wide range of abilities at sessions & large amount of kids stuck on waitlists).

As a result NSC experimented at the end of the winter 2019 Season with a “BAYS Invitational Futsal Session” aimed at current players on our BAYS Travel Teams. This new program would run in addition to our current “Futsal Academy Open Session” which is open to all levels, abilities & whose majority consist of current NSCCL (in-town) players.

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