FIFA/AFC Futsal Seminar Reports

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The FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 Thailand has seen a goalkeeping evolution which Asian goalkeepers should keep up with to improve their game, FIFA Technical Study Group member Mico Martic has said.

The study of the goalkeepers in the world’s futsal showdown has revealed new tendencies and clearly shows that there is a correlation between goalkeeper quality and team final ranking.

Martic has made a presentation at the FIFA/AFC Futsal Seminar on the FIFA/AFC Futsal World Cup 2012 legacy for Asia in the Malaysian capital attended by 48 coaches and AFC Elite Futsal Coaching Instructors.

The main objectives of the seminar are to analyse the performance of Asian teams at the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand, compare their show with that of the top teams, discuss new trends in futsal and exchange information on latest trends.

Martic has given a summary on the physical constitution of the goalkeepers and their technical and tactical capabilities during Thailand 2012 in his presentation.

“Tall goalkeepers are rare as shown by Miodrag Aksentijevi? (SRB), Kyrylo Tsypun (UKR) Peter Spathis (AUS),” he said. “Mainly the goalkeepers are under 180cm in height and the smaller the goalkeepers, the quicker they are such as Tiago de Melo Marinho (BRA) and Stefano Mammarella (ITA).

“The group stage team goalkeepers need to work more on their technical and tactical capabilities. However, the goalkeepers for the teams who advanced to the second phase tended to play in the outfield, stop counterattacks and had a good reading of the game, as shown by Santiago Elias (ARG) and Merida Carlos (GUA). Juan Lozano (COL) had the biggest pressure because Colombia were playing extremely defensive futsal.

“In terms of technical characteristics, European goalkeepers had a proactive positioning and tended to put their knees down during 1v1s, whereas South American goalkeepers had focus on quickness and attractive saves.

“The goalkeepers also had excellent preparations, high concentration during the matches, were excellent motivators and team leaders.”

Teams Rated

The characteristics of the five Asian teams who were in action in the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand were dissected during a seminar in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Hosts Thailand, Australia, Kuwait, Iran and Japan flew the Asian flag at the world’s premier national futsal competition in November last year.

Their characteristics were discussed at a four-day FIFA/AFC Futsal Seminar on the FIFA/AFC Futsal World Cup 2012 legacy for Asia in the Malaysian capital attended by 48 national futsal team coaches and AFC Elite Futsal Coaching Instructors.

FIFA Technical Study Group member and AFC Futsal Development Director Ali Targholizadeh, in his presentation at the seminar, shared some analyses and general tactical behaviours of the teams, as follows:

THAILAND
Team Analysis
Technical: Good individual techniques and strong dribbling skills
Tactical: Basic formation of 1-3-1, good counterattack
Physical: Fast players, physical strength not so strong
Mental: Excellent team spirit

General Tactical Behaviour
Attack:

  • Good in ball possession
  • Well prepared for set plays
  • Good counterattack
  • Pivot tactics
  • Shots from a distance

Defence:

  • Good in 1v1
  • Good in blocking shots
  • Good communication skills when defending
  • Fast withdrawal and return back in transition

IRAN
Team Analysis
Technical: Good individual techniques, comfortable in possession when under pressure and strong dribbling skills
Tactical: Basic formation 1-3-1
Physical: Ball-winning ability in one-on-one situations
Mental: Ability to stay focused after falling behind and influential goalkeeper

General Tactical Behaviour
Attack:

  • Sound ball possession
  • Good goalkeeper distributions
  • Good in set plays
  • Fast transitions from defence to attack
  • Good in pivot plays
  • Lack of finishing

Defence:

  • Ability to win in 1v1
  • Good coverage of the first defender and closing the gaps
  • Good communication with goalkeeper
  • Good in balance / anchor play

JAPAN
Team Analysis
Technical: Good individual techniques
Tactical: Basic formation 1-4-0, tactical flexibility (adapting to state of play)
Physical: High fitness level, ball-winning ability in one-on-one situations
Mental: Excellent team spirit, ability to stay focused after falling behind

General Tactical Behaviour
Attack:

  • Ball possession
  • Experienced players
  • Good in power play
  • Effectiveness and good concentration

Defence:

  • Fast transition from attack to defence
  • Good communication when put under pressure from opponent half
  • Well organised in compact defending
  • Ball winning in 1v1
  • Slow-start defensive concentration

AUSTRALIA
Team Analysis
Technical: Long-range shots, influential individual players
Tactical: Basic formation 1-2-2
Physical: Ball-winning ability in one-on-one situations
Mental: Ability to stay focused after falling behind

General Tactical Behaviour
Attack:

  • Counter attack
  • Shots from a distance

Defence:

  • Good in 1v1
  • Slow in transitions
  • Lack of concentration with defensive errors

KUWAIT
Team Analysis
Technical: Good individual techniques, defence splitting tactics
Tactical: Basic formation 1-2-2, tactical flexibility (adapting to state of play)
Physical: Fast players
Mental: Excellent team spirit

General Tactical Behaviour
Attack:

  • Good preparation to play power play
  • Played power play from early first half to win third match (against Egypt)
  • Far distance shots

Defence:

  • Fast transition from attack to defence
  • Good in 1v1
  • Communication
  • Lack of experience and concentration in first halves

Recommendations

Targholizadeh has concluded his presentation by saying that Asian futsal has the potential to soar higher on the world stage if improvement work is carried out in several areas.

“Futsal is growing rapidly however we should improve the technical knowledge of the coaches,” Targholizadeh said. “Also, domestic futsal club competitions or futsal leagues need to have a sufficient number of matches per year.

“The physical condition especially physical strength is one of the key elements of futsal so Asians should work more on this aspect.

“Successful teams in Futsal World Cups had ‘perfect goalkeepers’, therefore we need to reconsider goalkeeper development in your futsal development programmes.”

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