The main program for EPD is “JOGA futsal” – JOGA means, “play” in Portuguese – and the program typically runs on the weekends to better complement the club training.
We use futsal because it is an environment in which players are demanded to hone their technical skills and the small dimensions force players to improve their decision-making.
In addition the small field scenario is perfect for player development in all four key areas - technical, tactical, physical & psychosocial - players love this scenario because they get multiple touches on the ball and it motivates them to be creative to get out of tight spaces.
Every JOGA session has a technical coach and a physical trainer. The players get to improve their individual technical abilities through out the session and they have a part of the session specifically with the Physical trainer to improve their: speed, coordination, agility, balance & work on injury prevention techniques. To see an example of a JOGA futsal session click here
WINTER II - Training Sessions
- DAY: FRIDAY
- DURATION: 8 Sessions
- TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- AGE GROUPS: U9 - U10 (2007-2006) & U11 - U12 (2005-2004)
- DATES: January 6, 13, 20, 27 & February 3, 10, 17, 24
- LOCATION: P.S. 239
- ADDRESS: 17-15 Weirfield Street, Ridgewood, NY 11385
- This facility offers our JOGA futsal program, our futsal-based curriculum featuring heavier, low rebound balls,along with our physical training.
- Cost: $250
Training uniform, and required equipment:
- We will provide a JOGA futsal t-shirts to all participants, as their training uniform. These should be worn at all times.
- Players should wear white shorts and white socks, if they have them.
- Shin guards, flat indoor training shoes, and water
- Players will be provided a JOGA futsal ball at every training, they are not required to bring any balls.
If you have any questions regarding the program feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to assist.
“How does futsal benefit young players?
Ten or twelve years ago, there was the emphasis of going to small-sided games for youth development. I thought, well, that’s just futsal. What futsal does is it gives you many more touches on the ball. Your technical ability is in overdrive, where you’re becoming technically sounder at a quicker pace because of the smallness of the field. With the lack of space, you have to react quicker and think quicker. I compare it to a golfer. A golfer hits thousands of balls during the week with his driver and only pulls out his driver in a round of 18 maybe five, six, seven, eight times, but hits those thousand balls in order to perfect it. That’s what futsal does in all the aspects: movement off the ball, movement with the ball, dribbling, shooting, proper runs, and goalkeeper. It’s soccer on high speed”
Keith Tozer – US Futsal MNT