BC Soccer's Free Futsal Festival

U9 and U10 Soccer Players Took to the University of the Fraser Valley for the Free BC Soccer Futsal Festival

175 players enjoyed two days of Fustal action that consisted of workshop skill stations and small-sided games

Vancouver, BC January 7 2014 - 16 boys and girls soccer teams converged on the University of the Fraser Valley this past weekend to take part in BC Soccer’s first free Fustal Festival.  BC Soccer’s free Futsal festival consisted of both skill stations, where players could work on specific Futsal skills, as well as game stations, where the players could demonstrate the learned skills in a fun small sided game.

“This was the first year we have run a Futsal program in the festival format and we couldn’t be happier with the results,” said Andrew Haines, BC Soccer Grassroots Coordinator. “In many places around the world players are exposed to Futsal at a young age and it’s great to be able to deliver this type of programming here in British Columbia.”

More than 175 U9 and U10 players cycled through eight stations each day, four skill stations and four game stations on Saturday and two skill stations and six game stations on Sunday. Each of the skill stations focused on Futsal specific skill or technique before moving onto the game station.  The skill stations covered dribbling, passing, one on one, and shooting while the game stations allowed players time to put those skills to practice.

 “This was one of the best soccer events I have had the pleasure of participating in,” said Yaw Osei, Coach at North Delta Football Club. “The organization of activities, the enthusiasm of the coaches, and the facilities all contributed to a fun environment that exceeded my expectations. Furthermore, this festival has made me realize that as coaches, we must include Futsal in our club development curriculum.”

The coaches, from the 16 participating teams, all took part in a coach education session the Friday night before the festival.  The coaching session covered a brief history of Futsal, specific Futsal coaching techniques, and allowed the participating coaches the opportunity to learn about the skills that would be covered in the skill stations during the festival.

“ BC Soccer would like to thank all of the coaches, grassroots tutors and The University of the Fraser Valley for helping make the event so successful,” said Don Dancey, Member of BC Soccer’s Board of Directors.

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada’s foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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