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For most of us, Half Term was a time to rest. However, for Physics teacher Neil Morgan it was a time to travel to Qatar with the England Men’s Futsal Squad. The team were involved in two pulsating games against Qatar in Doha, as they look to evolve from their recent achievements in the UEFA European Futsal Championships.
Mr Morgan hit the bar in one of the games and has been playing to his full potential, playing football at National level for quite some time now.
In the two games that were played, England won 3-1 in the first and drew 6-6 in the second, with Mr Morgan scoring one of the goals.
We wish him the best of luck as he moves forward with his futsal!
Read the full match report here.
What is Futsal?
(the below is taken from the FA website)
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.
The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure. Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi, Fabregas amongst many others have played Futsal to develop their skills.
Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It 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 stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted.
There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.
The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
Find out about the FA National Youth Futsal Festival here