Placer United is excited to launch new Futsal Clinics under USSF A Licensed Coach, Casey Tate. Casey, the former Director of Barcelona North and San Juan SC Nevada, joined Placer United from the University of Nevada where he spent seven years as both the head coach and assistant coach.
When Casey got to Nevada in 2010, he established an affiliation between Total Futbol Academy and an existing local club and formed Barcelona NorCal Soccer Club. As the Director of Coaching, Casey made trips to Barcelona’s famed academy in 2012 and 2013 to gain more knowledge of how they train and develop players for the highest levels, including gaining direct and impactfull knowledge of the important role of futsal in any soccer program. In 2014, Casey traveled to England and spent time studying Manchester City’s academy to see how they worked at developing top youth soccer players as well.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced, small-sided game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognized by both UEFA and FIFA. Soccer players throughout the world play futsal to develop their talent and now your child can improve their ability and add some flare to their game. Placer United offers futsal clinics for boys and girls ages 8 to 14 interested in improving their creativity and footskills, including:
What is Futsal?
Futsal soccer is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat, indoor field, using a size 4 weighted ball with a reduced bounce. The game is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stop clock, with time outs permitted. The ball is returned through kick-ins instead of throw-ins with a 4-second time limit. Goals are smaller and more square-shaped. There are a number of differences to traditional indoor soccer, one of which is the absence of walls.
Futsal’s focus is on 1v1 creativity, skill control, movement, speed of play, technique, small group tactics, and creating scoring opportunities. Futsal minimizes inactivity and boredom through its small numbers and fast pace, and creates more touches and time on the ball than traditional soccer training or games. This develops a more technical and creative player who is able to make decisions very quickly. Futsal has been the foundation for youth development in foreign countries for decades and is now being recognized and implemented by U.S. Soccer on youth national teams and development academies.
Futsal vs. Soccer
What do the Best Players in the World Say About Futsal?
Many of the top world soccer players played futsal in their youth, and credit it with supporting their development. Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, and Messi to name a few.
“For me, futsal is one of my passions. I always loved to play futsal. It helps a lot because you need to think quickly. It’s a more dynamic game.” —Naymar, Jr.
“My technique comes from futsal, it’s so much fun and impossible not to improve.” —Marta
“When I was a young boy I played futsal in the streets and in the club. It was great fun and helped me to become the player I am today.” —Lionel Messi
“Perhaps in regular football you cannot appreciate the talent. Everything is more physical. But in futsal, you have small details of quality, class, and tactical aspects.” —Xavi
“Futsal was important in helping develop my ball control, quick thinking and passing. I development my skills playing futsal in my hometown in Bauru.” —Pele
About the Coach
“I have coached recreational, high level club, high school, college and professional soccer players. The most dramatic improvements I have seen in players’ skill development, creativity, moves, confidence on the ball, mobility, passing and receiving, as well as technical ability and speed of play, has been through futsal. Futsal trains a player’s brain to play faster and be able to read the game quciker.” —Coach Casey Tate
Futsal Experience and Credentials
June 9 - July 14 (six sessions)
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - 8 to 10 year olds
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - 11 to 14 year olds
$95 per player