If you want to learn the differences between soccer and futsal, you won't find a better classroom than Westchester Futsal. Throughout the year, the non-profit organization—which is sanctioned by the United States Youth Futsal organization and affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation—hosts seasonal camps, private lessons, and tournaments to introduce youngsters to both sports. On any given day, the organization's experienced coaches can be seen teaching the traditional 11-on-11 format of soccer or the quicker paced 5-on-5 format of futsal, which is popular in Brazil and with foosball figurines that want more shots at the ball.
While working with players ranging from toddlers to high-schoolers, the professional coaches at U.K. Elite Soccer, Inc. incorporate individual training and team-focused programs to create well-rounded athletes both on and off the pitch. Their game-based approach to teaching helps younger students learn motor skills, social skills, and coordination, and gives older students the chance to learn how to dribble in Morse code. The instructors also incorporate methods from football clubs around the world, borrowing tricks from footballers in England, Brazil, the USA, Holland, France, Italy, and Germany to augment training courses. Programs run throughout the year, allowing players and coaches to focus on continual development no matter the season.
Each year, the coaches from Kiddie Soccer introduce thousands of children between the ages of 3.5 and 6 to the most popular team sport in the world—soccer—through safe, fun classes in a constructive environment. For the first 50 minutes of each session, groups of up to 12 kids engage in team-building games such as Red Light Green Light or Sharks and Minnows to build physical and cooperative skills and, above all, have fun. Kids then split off into teams for a 10-minute friendly competition, enjoying themselves while learning teamwork under the coach's watchful, supportive eye.
The track and field training staff at SCI has coached and trained more than 30,000 athletes?and that statistic is always growing. At his training facility, Sports Conditioning Institute, he and his team encourage athletes with sports-specific training, focusing on games including hockey and volleyball, and lead fit-seekers in two boot-camp styles. The common thread running through every workout is Vaccaro?s focus on avoiding overstressing bodies and preventing injuries. He emphasizes short and frequent workouts, for example, rather than long routines that can lead to sustaining injury, becoming burnt out, or accidentally running into another country without your passport. To complement coached workouts, the gym hosts an array of free weights and cardio machines for solo sessions.
The best way to learn a sport is to actually play it. To that end, Speed Soccer's coaches have devised a four-stage training regimen built around helping youngsters and preteens perfect their technique in game-specific situations. These drills are introduced during year-round camps and training programs, which are specifically tailored for casual players looking to master some new skills as well as for more serious competitors hoping to learn how to kick a ball into low orbit. Whether Speed Soccer's coaches are working with individuals, small groups, or an entire team, they do their best to provide personalized feedback that helps attendees refine their all-around game while also instilling values of good sportsmanship and personal responsibility.
Winston Buddle, founder and director of Golden Touch Soccer, has worked with thousands of young soccer players over two decades of coaching?including his son, Edson, an MLS All Star. Winston's own career began in Montego Bay, where he was a feared striker at every level he played. That success snowballed into an impressive professional career in the U.S., Greece, and Cyprus. Since trading in his cleats for a whistle, Winston has helped transform youth soccer players into Division I athletes, regional and national stars, and potential Olympians. Students soak up his wisdom during camps, classes, and one-on-one training sessions, during which Winston not only teaches them skills and techniques, but also the game's strategic aspects, ensuring they'll be able to navigate the field like a young Napoleon.