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Great reasons to play futsal

Futsal is a modified form of football, with only five players per side and on a much smaller pitch than traditional football games. The game is exciting and fast-paced and is often the first game young athletes play, in order to become skilled in the more well-known 11-a-side version of the game. Below are just a few reasons footballers should give the modified game a go.

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1 It improves ball control

Playing in a tighter space with a smaller number of players on your team and, therefore, fewer opportunities to pass the ball when challenged, helps players to improve their ball control and enables them to build upon existing skill

2 It forces you to think on your feet

The constant pressure from the opposition, combined with the reduction in players on the pitch, results in an increased speed of play. This forces players to read the game and think quickly about their next move.

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3 It improves fitness

The increase in speed of the game creates a larger demand for fitness from the players on the pitch. In order to compensate for the missing players in a traditional football match, players need to work twice as hard. This effectively develops physical conditioning, which will improve their game when they make the transition back to the football pitch.

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Of course, for serious athletes, this should be done alongside a regular exercise programme to maintain optimum fitness levels – http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20170704/fitness-advice-eight-quick-ways-to-improve-your-running-stride.

4 It improves upon support play

The increased demand for support play forces you and your teammates around you to read the game and be prepared to support one another during a tricky challenge from the opposition. Not only will this improve upon your own support play, but will force you to notice new opportunities when they present themselves, giving you a more diverse method of play.

5 It’s fun

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the game of futsal is enjoyable. It tests your abilities no matter what level you play at, and is, therefore, a stimulating and entertaining sport for all ages and standards of play to join in with. Why not give it a try today?

How to throw into a lineout

Rugby is a game of skill and tactics and a key element of that is the lineout. The hooker is a crucial role for winning the ball, and there are many ways of getting the most from the throw-in. Try some out and see what works for your squad.

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All about the hands

Naturally, there will be a difference in hold depending on whether you lead with your right of your left hand. Most people are right-handed, so we’ll describe on that basis. Hold the ball towards the back, with the seams on the sides as if corners of a square. Put your left hand slightly forward as a guide, and relax the fingers with the thumb underneath. To complete the throw, point hands in the direction of the target. The throw should be a sharp movement, a ‘snap’ of the elbows with the hands out to release the ball.

Keep things stable

Having a strong core is extremely important, so exercises to improve core strength should form part of your regular training. Use a stability ball to help isolate the upper body. Sit on the ball with your head high and hips up. Practice the snap throw from that position, and when that becomes second nature, try the exercise from the ball using just one leg for stability.

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You might also want to introduce a wobble board to help with stability, core strength and posture. Standing tall with chest up, as with the ball, flex the knees but don’t bend them, and take the throw once you have your balance. This is worth getting right because, on the field, there won’t be long before the opposition is trying to take you off your feet. Practice and improve by getting your balance and completing the snap throw in a shorter time, and by throwing further.

For more tips on throwing into the lineout, see advice on the BBC website. Above all, it takes practice and working with your squad. Getting a rugby drill or two ready will help, available from online coaching specialists like Sport Plan https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Rugby/.

Review throws. Why did that particular throw work, but not the one before? How did the good throw feel? Don’t waste time analysing bad throws. With an average of 15 lineouts in a game, you should be completing almost 300 practice throws.