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Southampton Aztecs
Development Centres

Southampton Aztecs Development Centres
Who is this for? We will establish sessions at different times and locations in the area for players who are seeking some futsal training. These sessions will use futsal to enhance your football development.

These are once weekly sessions, run by qualified futsal coaches, in groups that are bunched by age. As this is training only, there will be no scheduled games.

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What will development centre players receive?
Futsal specific training.
Sessions run by qualified futsal coaches.
Training following our bespoke training curriculum.

Perhaps players can't or don't want to commit to a futsal team, but would still like to benefit from the training futsal offers. Development centre sessions are perfect!

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Our training session exercises are very games based. We base much of it off a concept called teaching games for understanding (TGFU). This involves competition, direction, opposition, gamification, realism, and much autonomy.

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We work off the idea of Perception Action Coupling. In simplistic terms, Perception Action Coupling is the coordination between vision (including time and space) and movement, particularly of the hands and feet. It's the link between what we see and what we do. As you can imagine, that's quite important. Our exercises look and feel like part of the game, and draw upon the visual cues present in matches. This is what is known as representative task design, where the thing you do in training, looks like, feels like, and takes place in the part of the court that it happens in.

Everything that happens in the game is a relationship between the individual, the environment, and the task, with a little bit of input from the coach. The players gather information from the world around them, and based on their knowledge, understanding, and tools available, decide upon an action plan. The action plan is the movement goal, which could be a shot, pass, dribble, control, tackle etc.


We believe you get good at what you do. When piano players make mistakes, the coach doesn't make them run ten laps around the piano. Futsal is all about decision making. As coaches, we show players where to look, without telling them what to see.

Below you will see the ideas that underpin our practice design. Ultimately, it looks and feels like a game. We avoid the isolationist approach of performing decontextualised drills, and the reductionist approach of breaking everything down into its smallest components. You'll see our exercises typically include opposition, transitions (all four moments of the game; in/out possession), direction, competition, and game context. We like a lot of rondos, 1v1/2v2 exercises, and small sided and conditioned games.

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“Futsal has been very important in my life. In developing my technique, quick thinking, short movements. I think futsal is fundamental in a footballer's career. It was very important in mine.”


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