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Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction

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message from the UEFA President

Foreword by John Delaney FAI CEO

 

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message from the Technical Director

Section 1: Executive Summary

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1.1 Grassroots Futsal − Children

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1.2 Grassroots Futsal − Adults

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1.3 Education

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1.4 High Level Competition − National League and International Teams

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1.5 Marketing and Management

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Section 2: Background Information

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2.1 A brief history of Futsal

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2.2 Context

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2.3 Lifestyles / Demographic change – A Market for small sided

football in Ireland

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2.4 Equipment and Facilities

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2.5 Benefits of Futsal to participation and player development

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2.6 Development of the Plan

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Section 3: Mission and Aims

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3.1 Mission Statement

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3.2 Key Aims

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Section 4: Key Programme Areas

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The Development Framework

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4.1 Grassroots – children

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4.2 Grassroots – adults

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4.3 Education

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4.4 High level competition

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4.5 Marketing and Management of the Futsal programme

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Section 5: Management, Structure and Finance

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5.1 Finance

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5.2 Resources

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5.3 Measurement and review

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Section 6: Appendices

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Appendix 1 – Rules at a glance

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Appendix 2 – SWOT Analysis

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Appendix 3 – Links with other FAI Programmes

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Appendix 4 – Consultation workshops feedback

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Appendix 5 – Consultation workshop participants

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Appendix 6 – Technical Department Structure

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Appendix 7 – Futsal – a comparative study

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A message from the UEFA President

FOREWORD

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00 A message from the UEFA President FOREWORD 00 2 It gives me great pleasure to

It gives me great pleasure to launch this Futsal Strategic Plan document on behalf of the Football Association of Ireland.

I would like to convey my congratulations for establishing this plan to develop and promote Futsal in Ireland.

UEFA fully supports this initiative and our Futsal Department is at your disposal for any queries you may have.

Finally, I would like to welcome the Football Association of Ireland into the UEFA Futsal family and wish you many years of success in the future.

With kind regards

U E F A

years of success in the future. With kind regards U E F A Michel Platini President

Michel Platini

President

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Foreword by John Delaney, FAI CEO

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00 Foreword by John Delaney, FAI CEO MESSAGE The popularity of football worldwide is due to

The popularity of football worldwide is due to the fact that

it can be played anywhere at any time in various different

forms. Through the years, many varieties of football have developed around the world often out of local traditions or influenced by factors such as the weather or availability of suitable facilities.

A great example of this is Futsal – the official UEFA and FIFA

version of five-a-side football. Futsal is a format of five-a-side football which is played extensively throughout the world and as such is fully supported by FIFA and UEFA. In fact, in a highly significant and positive move, UEFA recently integrated Futsal into the UEFA Professional Football Division with the aim of strengthening its image and making the most of the game’s marketability.

Futsal is football in its purest form. It is an essential precursor to what Pelé referred to as “the beautiful game”. Pace, skill, teamwork and high drama characterise this popular indoor game.

Embracing Futsal presents the FAI with an unprecedented opportunity to lead the development of a spectacular sport from a blank canvas.

However, the game of Futsal is being promoted by the FAI primarily as a complementary player development initiative. It is designed to enhance, enrich and complement the 11-a-side game and it is not designed to compete with football.

Futsal is widely recognised as the ideal skill building arena for the 11-a-side game. Many world famous footballers began as Futsal players from the time of the legendary Pelé to today’s current stars such as Deco, Ronaldinho, Robinho, Messi and Kaká.

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For those who excel within the game, Futsal can also provide an additional pathway to progress for players, coaches, referees and administrators. The function of the FAI in this regard is to promote Futsal as the official indoor game of UEFA and FIFA and to support and help any interested parties wishing to engage in Futsal activity in any appropriate way it can.

The FAI has recognised that the introduction of a Futsal programme can impact positively on the key areas of participation and player development. Indeed, Futsal can also make a solid contribution to the Football Association of Ireland’s wider football and social development objectives. The FAI is confident that with the support of all its affiliates and the ongoing support of UEFA and FIFA, that Futsal will continue to grow in popularity in Ireland.

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A Message from the Technical Director

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00 A Message from the Technical Director MESSAGE 00 4 The FAI Technical Development Plan 2004-2008

The FAI Technical Development Plan 2004-2008 was produced following an extensive period of research and consultation with key stakeholders. Feedback from the wider football family identified the growing recognition that new programmes were needed to maintain and increase participation in football. Indeed, it also highlighted the desire to employ new methods to develop more technically better players.

Consequently, the FAI identified the potential for the game of Futsal to help service these needs. As well as impacting positively on the development of technical skills, playing Futsal requires quick thinking and rapid decision making. Futsal can also accelerate the acquisition of positional sense and facilitate the development of overall football “intelligence”. In light of the potential for Futsal to positively influence important technical and mental playing capacities, the FAI Futsal programme was created. The FAI appointed a national Futsal co- ordinator, Derek O’Neill to immediately set about the task of preparing this four year plan.

Specific Futsal consultation workshops, conducted as part of the development of this plan, highlighted key areas and methods for establishing Futsal as part of the fabric of Irish football (Appendix 3). Futsal is a game which can facilitate greater participation and player development and, as such, should be afforded the best possible opportunity to develop and flourish throughout Ireland.

Consultation with stakeholders countrywide and with officials from UEFA and FIFA as well as key Futsal officials in other National Associations suggested that a dual bottom up / top down approach to developing a Futsal strategic plan would constitute best practice.

The development of higher level Futsal structures will become a primary reference to expose the game to players, coaches, fans, media and sponsors.

The early initiation of high level Futsal competition and a FAI international development squad (commencing with an U21 team) is considered crucial in this approach as it will serve the following critical purposes:

• To motivate players to play Futsal.

• To entice current five-a-side players and organisations.

• To generate profile for the sport in Ireland.

• To expose the sport to Media and Sponsors.

• To provide credibility to the development of Futsal.

While such high level activity will act as the flagship for the programme, it is essential that quality grassroots initiatives are developed in order to create the bedrock for the future of Futsal in Ireland.

The staff of the Football Association of Ireland is fully supportive of the Futsal programme and believes that embracing the concept of Futsal will be a sound investment in the future development of young players in Ireland.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Executive Summary

Futsal consultation workshops conducted with stakeholders as part of the development of this plan highlighted the following key areas and methods for establishing Futsal in Ireland.

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1. Grassroots Futsal – Children

2. Grassroots Futsal – Adults

3. Education

4. High Level Competition

5. Marketing and Management

The Futsal Plan identifies the mission and strategic goals necessary for promoting and developing the game in Ireland.

Mission Statement

“ To establish Futsal as the preferred version of five-a-side football in Ireland and to increase and sustain participation at all age and ability levels by promoting and developing the game as a complementary format of football within the football family”

format of football within the football family” Strategic Plan for the Development of Futsal in Ireland

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.1: Grassroots Futsal – Children

With football being the most common sport played in primary and secondary schools, implementing quality Futsal programmes in schools will play an integral role in developing a “culture” of Futsal in Ireland going forward.

The largest impact area in establishing Futsal will be with the clubs and leagues of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland. As such, leagues will be encouraged to develop Futsal activity across all age groups with particular emphasis on the important developmental windows associated with the 7 to 10 years old age groups.

Further areas of Futsal development will focus on the National Community Games and the expansion of the FAI Inner City Futsal programme in an effort to broaden awareness of the game in local communities.

1.2: Grassroots Futsal - Adults

There is an ideal opportunity to develop Futsal in third level educational institutions throughout Ireland where their superb sports facilities could easily accommodate the playing of Futsal.

The establishment of Futsal within the junior football leagues will provide their existing members with an option for more playing opportunities but could also potentially increase their membership by attracting thousands of social five-a-side players playing in unofficial leagues all year round.

1.3: Education

An integral step in the development of Futsal will be the proper education of players, coaches, referees and administrators in the rules and principles of the game. Specific workshops and courses will be designed to cater for all those interested in learning more about Futsal.

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As the development of the game progresses, the issues of tactical awareness and Futsal-specific technical skills will become important to players and coaches. It is envisaged that a Futsal Coach Education programme will be developed following course guidelines produced by UEFA.

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1.4: High Level Competition – National League and International Teams

The formation of a National Futsal league is vitally important for providing opportunities for players, coaches, referees and administrators to progress to higher levels. It is also critical to the FAI’s ambitions to participate in future international competition.

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1.5: Marketing and Management

Marketing the game of Futsal is a very important aspect of the development plan

in order to create awareness of the game and to emphasise the benefits of playing

the game.

A strategic approach to sponsorship, marketing, implementation and reporting will

ensure that Futsal becomes the national 5-a-side game in Ireland.

that Futsal becomes the national 5-a-side game in Ireland. Strategic Plan for the Development of Futsal

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Section 2: Background Information

SECTION 2: BACKGROUND INFORMATION

2.1: A brief history of Futsal

The word “Futsal” comes from the Spanish name “futbol sala” which literally means “room football”. It originated in the inner cities of South America and was first played indoors at a YMCA in Montevideo, Uruguay around 1930. An Argentinian named Juan Carlos Ceriani invented the game to be able to practice soccer indoors as an antidote to rain drenched pitches. The game soon captured the imagination of the football playing public and was enthusiastically adopted across South America.

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A similar form of the game was developed in Sao Paulo, Brazil known as “futebol de salao”. The first known leagues were formed there in 1952 and the first known international competition took place in 1965. Futsal is now an integral part of the football fabric of Brazil and many of its finest champion footballers have attributed the development of their football skills to playing a lot of Futsal as youngsters.

“I played Futsal for two or three years before I joined Santos… Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing… also for dribbling, balance, concentration… Futsal was very, very important, no doubt”.

Pelé, World Champion footballer 1958, 1962 and 1970.

“Futsal is an extremely important way for kids to develop their skills and understanding of the game. My touch and my dribbling have come from playing Futsal.”

Ronaldinho, FIFA World Footballer of the year 2004, 2005.

Ronaldinho, FIFA World Footballer of the year 2004, 2005. Strategic Plan for the Development of Futsal

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Futsal participation has grown dramatically with the support of FIFA who established an official Futsal World Championship in the 1980’s. Since then, Futsal has gone from strength to strength with over 100 nations expected to participate in the qualifiers for the next FIFA World Futsal Championships to be held in Brazil 2008.

UEFA has established a European Championship which takes place every two years and a club champions competition, the UEFA Futsal Cup and aspires to have all of its member associations participating in competition by 2011. In this regard, it has taken significant steps to increase the profile and marketability of Futsal and to strengthen the image of the game by moving the programme to their professional football division.

Futsal is already firmly established as a popular sport among millions of participants and supporters worldwide. Many countries have developed full-time professional leagues and have recognized that Futsal is a highly marketable sport. Considerable television and sponsorship revenue is generated in countries with established leagues.

Finally, with the massive support for the game worldwide rapidly increasing, it may not be too long before Futsal is established as an official Olympic sport.

2.2: Context

It is important to consider why the FAI is eager to embrace and develop a Futsal programme. Firstly, Futsal is the official FIFA and UEFA version of indoor soccer. It is considered to be the fastest growing indoor sport in the world and a UEFA objective is to enlist the participation of all member associations in their competitions by 2011.

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From a player development viewpoint, there are widely acknowledged benefits to playing Futsal, with particular emphasis on the technical skills of passing, dribbling and close ball control.

skills of passing, dribbling and close ball control. Strategic Plan for the Development of Futsal in

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The benefits of developing a Futsal programme for the Football Association of Ireland are as follows:

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• Potential to increase grassroots participation.

• Accelerated development of technical, motor and coordination skills among children.

• Accelerated acquisition of positional sense, football “intelligence” and facilitates rapid decision making.

• An ideal skill building environment for football.

• More regular weather proof playing opportunities for children.

• Increased playing opportunities for women (currently there is a scarcity of competitive winter programmes).

• Ability to influence player retention at critical “drop out” age (16-18) because Futsal can cater for flexible playing times (midweek evenings or weekends).

• Potential to integrate thousands of social players into the FAI football “family” with the establishment of official Futsal leagues.

• A vehicle to aid smoother social integration of ethnic communities into Irish society – particularly those coming from countries with an established Futsal programme.

• In economically / socially disadvantaged areas, Futsal can be the vehicle to promote football partnerships with local authorities.

• New commercial opportunities for the FAI and its affiliates.

commercial opportunities for the FAI and its affiliates. Strategic Plan for the Development of Futsal in

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The Futsal programme when further developed will offer a new additional pathway to young players, as those players perhaps not meeting the physical requirements to forge a career in professional football may possess the required technique and football intelligence to pursue a successful career in Futsal.

As the Futsal programme will impact significantly on all strands of football

it is essential that a coordinated approach to the development of the game

is encouraged among all affiliates with the continued support of the FAI Development Officers.

This document outlines a strategic approach and key objectives and actions which will contribute towards establishing Futsal as the official version of indoor football in Ireland.

2.3: Lifestyles/ Demographic change – A Market for small-sided football

As Ireland continues to become more industrialised, traditional areas once filled by football pitches are fast being replaced by housing schemes and commercial properties. Lifestyle changes have made for a more affluent society but increased workloads and salaries have placed an ever increasing demand on the spare time of everyone. Most particularly, adult footballers (men and women) in the 18 – 40 age groups are affected in this regard.

Ever since the introduction of soccer to Ireland over a hundred years ago, the traditional playing time was centred on the weekend. However, this limited time frame no longer suits many of the Irish working population. Consequently, in tandem with the long established junior and intermediate leagues around the country, there are ever growing numbers of non-official football leagues taking place throughout Ireland.

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There are also a number of well organised commercial organisations providing

a structure in which thousands of social players can participate in unofficial non

FAI affiliated activity and competitions. As a result, there are enormous amounts of people playing small-sided football, both indoors and on outdoor all weather facilities. These numbers are very difficult to quantify but represent a significant number of players in the 18 – 40 age brackets.

A case study of two prominent commercial five-a-side parks in the Dublin area

and one in the Kildare area established that there were in excess of 2,500 players playing each week in each one. These players are mainly social players with no connection to any FAI affiliated leagues. Indeed, this scenario is mirrored to a certain extent in hundreds of small and large outdoor and indoor facilities presently used throughout Ireland.

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There is also an ever growing base of indoor and small-sided players within schools and universities in Ireland. Indeed, a 2005 ESRI report showed that soccer was the most common participation sport in schools.

The National Community Games also features an indoor soccer programme at Under 13 and Under 15 level for boys and girls with total participation figures reaching almost 6,000 in 2005. Interestingly, many of these competitions are played using different variations of five-a-side rules.

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Therefore, this represents an opportunity for the FAI to establish Futsal as the official version of indoor or outdoor five-a-side football in Ireland and integrate thousands of social players into the FAI football family. It will allow the FAI to highlight a pathway of opportunity for players, coaches, referees and administrators who opt to become involved with this version of football.

who opt to become involved with this version of football. Strategic Plan for the Development of

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2.4: Equipment and Facilities required for Futsal

One of the great advantages of Futsal is that it can be played either indoors or outdoors in a relatively small area. This is one of the reasons that it is perfectly suited to facilities in inner city communities where green areas are at a premium. However, playing Futsal in an indoor facility would be the preferred option.

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There is a considerable stock of indoor facilities in Ireland mainly in secondary schools and third level institutions which are suitable for hosting Futsal. Indeed, any centre that can accommodate competitive basketball would also suffice for Futsal. This means that there are large numbers of facilities owned by local authorities, Schools, Colleges, Universities and football clubs in which Futsal could be played if court playing time could be secured.

At a National and International level, Futsal is normally played indoors on a wooden sprung floor on a considerably larger pitch. In Ireland there are only a handful of venues capable of hosting official international Futsal competition or accommodating Futsal specific pitches. However, in developing the game at grassroots level, Futsal could be played on any smooth playing surface, indoor or out.

Almost all existing facilities designed to cater for domestic traditional small-sided football are designed to incorporate rebound walls, fences and rectangular goals. This design however tends to reflect custom and practice rather than any specific laws of the game or preference expressed by the playing public. Going forward, the FAI is now in a position to influence the design of future small-sided football facilities.

The availability of Futsal Goal Posts also needs to be considered in the development of the game. The availability of such posts is important in that

they influence the way that the game is played i.e. shooting and goalkeeping. In developing the game, the purchase of Futsal goalposts will be supported by a FAI Futsal goalposts subsidy programme targeting clubs, leagues and other interested parties which meet specific criteria.

and other interested parties which meet specific criteria. Strategic Plan for the Development of Futsal in

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2.5: Benefits of Futsal to participation and player development

From participation to personal development to retention in the game, Futsal has the ability to impact positively on players, coaches, referees and administrators of all ages and gender. The FAI has recognised the potential of Futsal and the contribution it can make to the objectives of the Technical Development Plan.

From a player participation viewpoint, the inclusive nature of Futsal means it is an ideal way to introduce children to soccer. For children, the primary issue in their enjoyment of football is participation and the nature of Futsal makes for an all-inclusive game.

and the nature of Futsal makes for an all-inclusive game. Participation is positively influenced due to

Participation is positively influenced due to two key elements of Futsal:

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With just five players on the pitch at any one time, it is easier to form teams to play;

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The roll on-roll off substitution rule in Futsal means that with a match squad of ten players, a team can be constantly changing the players on the pitch ensuring they all get roughly the same amount of playing time. This means that no player feels left out, which will have a significant influence on drop out rates in football. (See appendix 1 for rules at a glance).

From a coaches’ standpoint, skill development is uppermost in their work in introducing children to football and Futsal has an indisputable influence on promoting player development. There are no defined positions in Futsal and young players must learn to develop defending and attacking skills as well as developing positional sense in all areas of the pitch. The fast nature of the game requires rapid mental processing of decisions and as such, the benefits in developing mental dexterity on the pitch become apparent.

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“In Futsal, you practise solving movement in a small space and I brought this advantage to field football”.

Robinho (Real Madrid)

Significantly, young players are not “pigeon holed” into positions because of their physical size or ability level. The fact that the game is non contact reduces the influence physical disadvantage has on children’s participation in football. As children have vastly different growth rates, too often the taller children dominate underage football at the younger levels. Futsal can contribute to reducing this perceived physical disadvantage for smaller children.

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The small-sided game has long been recognised as the preferred way to start children on the football pathway with the introduction of seven-a-side football in relatively recent times having had a positive impact in underage soccer.

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In Futsal, there are even less players on the pitch ensuring each individual player is likely to have more possession of the ball. Given the fact that the game is played in a reduced space, Futsal encourages young players to think and decide quicker, improve ball control and improvise in order to retain possession or create goal scoring opportunities. A technical study comparing futsal with 7-a-side football is shown in appendix 7.

The other key aspect of Futsal is the ball. The Futsal ball is designed to have significantly reduced bounce which influences the game in two distinct ways:

1. The reduced bounce of the ball means it is easier to control allowing novice players to become more confident to take possession.

2. Kicking the ball long distances is not easy with Futsal balls, which means players must develop their short range passing skills, their movement and also improve dribbling skills.

While Futsal has the potential to exert positive influences on the technical development of future generations of Irish football players, as a sport in its own right, it can also create another new and exciting career pathway for all involved in the game.

2.6: Development of the Plan

for all involved in the game. 2.6: Development of the Plan As part of the process
for all involved in the game. 2.6: Development of the Plan As part of the process

As part of the process of creating the FAI Technical Development Plan 2004 – 2008 a series of 14 consultation workshops took place with the purpose of gaining feedback from the wider football community as to how the game should be developed going forward.

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A key message from the Irish football family indicated a desire and need for

fresh new initiatives aimed at increasing participation and aiding the technical development of our young players. Indeed, the promotion and development of the concept of Futsal was actively encouraged.

Further research was carried out by the FAI Technical Department with views and advice being sought from counterparts in the wider International Futsal family regarding the evolution of their Futsal programmes. From this research, a SWOT analysis was produced (see appendix 2)

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February and March 2007, National Futsal Consultation workshops were held

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Limerick and Dublin which also provided valuable feedback from stakeholders

as to how the FAI should proceed in developing a strategically planned Futsal programme (see consultation workshops feedback – Appendix 4 and list of participants – Appendix 5)

The FAI Technical Department wishes to acknowledge the views, support and valuable advice from the following organizations, groups and key personnel.

• FAI Technical Department staff.

• Key stakeholders participating in the Technical Development Plan 2004-2008 consultation workshops who provided valuable feedback.

• Key stakeholders in the National Futsal Consultation Workshops 2007.

• Key FAI Committees.

• National Community Games Executive Committee.

• SFAI and FAIS.

• All FAI staff who provided input.

With valuable contributions and advice from:

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• Mr. Jaime Yarza ( FIFA Futsal Development Manager).

• Mr. Laurent Morel (UEFA Futsal Competition Manager).

• Mr. Petr Fousek (Former Chairman UEFA Futsal Committee).

• Mr. Javier Lozano (World Champion coach of Spain and FIFA instructor).

• Mr. Dermot Collins (FA (England) National Manager, Small sided football).

• Mr. Victor Beceiro (Former FIFA Futsal Manager and UEFA Futsal Experts panel member).

• Mr. Joao Rocha (Portugal), Futsal Development Consultant.

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Section 3: Mission and Aims

3.1: Key Aims

• To increase awareness of Futsal by promoting the game and creating quality resources to introduce the game countrywide.

• To introduce Futsal at all levels of the game from children to adults through the implementation of quality grassroots Futsal programmes.

• To ensure the necessary equipment needed to play Futsal is easily available.

• To increase knowledge of Futsal among the wider football family through the creation of education programmes for players, coaches, referees and administrators.

• To establish leagues and competitions at local, regional and national level at a series of key age groups.

• To develop players, both male and female, capable of competing internationally in UEFA and FIFA Championships at various age levels.

• To develop an administrative structure capable of implementing and servicing the above objectives.

3.2: Mission Statement

Mission Statement

“To establish Futsal as the preferred version of five-a-side football in Ireland and to increase and sustain participation at all age and ability levels

by promoting and developing the game as a complementary format of football within the football family”

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THE DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

The five key areas of the Plan are as follows:

• Grassroots Futsal - Children.

• Grassroots Futsal - Adults.

• Education.

• High level competition.

• Marketing and Management.

During the lifetime of the Futsal Plan and beyond, the game will impact on a number of other FAI National programmes and key areas. The game will impact on major areas such as the FAI Technical Department, FAI Eircom League of Ireland, Domestic and International Departments.

The Commercial and Marketing Departments will have an active role to play in exploring the new revenue streams that the development of a Futsal product will provide.

that the development of a Futsal product will provide. Strategic Plan for the Development of Futsal

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The key areas that the Futsal Plan will concentrate on are as follows:

4.1: Grassroots Futsal - Children

on are as follows: 4.1: Grassroots Futsal - Children Goal: To provide opportunities for children to

Goal:

To provide opportunities for children to play Futsal

In order to sustain and maintain the long term ambitions for Futsal in Ireland, the initiation and development of quality grassroots programmes is of paramount importance. At present there are very few sustained Futsal leagues in Ireland at any level. It is essential that this situation is addressed as a priority in order to provide playing and competitive opportunities for those who take an interest in Futsal.

Implementing quality Futsal programmes within schools, will play an integral role in developing a “culture” of Futsal in Ireland going forward. A 2005 ESRI survey on Children’s Participation in Sport in both Primary and Secondary schools showed that football was the most common sport within schools with 72% of children participating at primary level and 74% participating at secondary level.

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The largest impact area in establishing Futsal will be with the Clubs and Leagues of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland. As such, leagues will be encouraged to develop Futsal activity across all age groups with particular emphasis on the developmental 7 - 10 years age groups.

Introducing Futsal to organisations such as the National Community Games will play a key part in reaching every corner of Ireland with the Futsal message. The expansion of the FAI Inner City Futsal programme aimed at areas of social and economic disadvantage will continue in the coming years. This programme will also be set up in other major cities and urban centres throughout Ireland mirroring the successful project established in Dublin in recent years.

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TIMEFRAME

Sept 08 - June 09

Sept 08 - June 09

 

Every Year

Every Year

Sept 08 - Dec 09

 

Jan 08 - Dec 10

Jan 08 - Dec 11

   

Jan 08 - Dec 10

Jan 08 - Dec 11

Jan 08 - Dec 11

Jan 09 - Dec 10

RESPONSIBILITY

Primary School Teachers / FAI DOs

Post primary School Teachers

/ FAI DOs

 

Sept 08 - June 09Competition

Organiser

FAI NC for Schools / Futsal DO

FAI NC for Schools /

Futsal DO

FAI NC for Schools /

Futsal DO

DO / FAI DOs Jan 08 - Dec 10Futsal

FAI DOs / Club and League liason officers / Futsal DO

Schoolboy Leagues / Futsal DO

DOs / Futsal DO Jan 08 - Dec 11FAI

League Administrators

League Administrators /

Futsal DO / FAI DOs

League Administrators /

Futsal DO / FAI DOs

Club and league liason

officers / FAI DOs

 

FAI Futsal NC / SFAI / Futsal DO

 

KEY AREA: GRASSROOTS FUTSAL - CHILDREN

Goal: To provide opportunities for all children to play Futsal

TARGET GROUP

Primary School Students

Post primary School Students

 

All Schools Students

Teachers in All Schools

All Schools

All schools

League committees

All schoolboy / girl leagues

All schoolboy / girl leagues committees / clubs

All schoolboy clubs / facility managers

Clubs

All schoolboy / girl leagues

All schoolboy / girl leagues

All schoolboy / girl leagues / clubs

SFAI / All schoolboy / girl leagues / clubs

 

ACTIONS

Set up an Internal Primary School Competition

for senior cycle

Set up an Internal Post-Primary School

competition for Junior Cycle

 

Organise local unit competition up to a

maximum of 5 schools

Organise and deliver 10 Workshops for

Teachers

Provide subsidised equipment for 100

participating schools

Provide 5 free Futsal balls to schools meeting

criteria

Make Futsal presentations to 14 schoolboys leagues committees

Run 5 workshops per year for schoolboy leagues coaches

Promote the appointment of a volunteer Futsal

liaison officer in all clubs and leagues and compile a database of same

Audit existing facilities to be used to accommodate Futsal competition

Link leagues teams / divisions to venues locally

Establish initial competition structure with 7 - 9

age group

Expand competition structure to accommodate

10-17 age groups

Establish “In club” and regionalised mini

competitions with clubs and leagues

Agree a competition format and timeframe

with SFAI

   

Establish Futsal season and competition format

Appoint volunteer Administrator(s)

Run pilot competition

   

OUTCOMES (KPI)

 

Futsal Competition structure set up at local level and

implemented in 400 schools

   

Futsal introduced to 100 new

schools annually

 

Futsal balls grant scheme introduced targeting 400

schools

 

Futsal activity run with 10

Schoolboy / girls leagues

   

national schoolboy Futsal

competition at U17 (youth)

level is developed

 

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OBJECTIVES

 

To establish Futsal as the preferred indoor football game in primary and secondary schools

   

To develop Futsal activity in conjunction with Schoolboy’s / girl’s leagues countrywide

 

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TIMEFRAME

 

Jan 08 - Dec 10

Jan 08 - Dec 10

 

Oct 08 - Dec 09

 

Jan 08 - Mar 09

Jan 08 - Sept 08

Jan 08 - Sept 09

Jan - Mar 08

Jan 08 - Aug 08

Sept 08 - Dec 08

Jan 09 - July 09

 

Club and League liason offrs.

FAI Futsal NC / Futsal DO /

/

 

/ FAI

   

FAI Women’s NC / Futsal DO

 

FAI Women’s NC / Futsal DO

   

FAI Futsal NC / Futsal DO /

FAI DOs / Community Games

Youth Officer

 

RESPONSIBILITY

FAI DOs

Administrators

/ Futsal DO

League NC

Futsal

 

FAI DOs DO / FAI Futsal NC /

Futsal

FAI Womens DOs

/

FAI Womens DOs

/

KEY AREA: GRASSROOTS FUTSAL - CHILDREN Goal: To provide opportunities for all children to play Futsal

TARGET GROUP

All schoolboy / girl leagues

All schoolboy / girl leagues

All schoolboy clubs / facility managers

All coaches

Summer school participants

All players 7-15 age group

All schoolboy / girl clubs

All schoolboy / girl leagues

Community games

football coaches

Community games

football coaches

Community games

players (boys)

Community games

football coaches

All Community games players

 

Examine feasibility of establishing a winter Futsal season with Futsal leagues “mirroring” existing outdoor football leagues

league a to

establish

Select venues and appoint local coordinator

 

Advertise camps through Summer Soccer

Schools programme

Run at least one mid term / winter camp per

 

Target girls U14-16 age groups for competition

 

Run 4 workshops for league Administrators and coaches

 

Promote cooperation between FAI Dos and Community games youth leaders in local areas to run 15 Futsal workshops for football games’ coaches

Provide balls to Comm. Games leaders to distribute at workshops

Pilot Futsal competition in year 2008 with U13

 

Run 15 workshops targeting coaches of U15

 

Introduce Futsal at U13 and 15 level in year

 

ACTIONS

time for to their

Administrators

appropriate

competition

league

with and

Futsal

suitable

Link

run

Develop course programme and appoint coaches

year in every FAI DO area

Agree competition format and appoint Administrator to run league

boys only

boys and girls teams

2009 (boys and girls)

   

OUTCOMES (KPI)

 

A specific Futsal season is established with 10 schoolboy leagues

 

20 Futsal activity winter camps formed in conjunction with schoolboys leagues

   

Girls winter Futsal competition established at U14, 15 and 16 age group

   

Futsal established at U13 / U15 age boys and girls

 

OBJECTIVES

 

To develop Futsal activity in conjunction with Schoolboy’s / girl’s leagues countrywide

   

To establish Futsal as the official indoor football game of the National Community Games

 

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TIMEFRAME

   

Every year

Sept 08 - Dec 08

Sept 09 - Dec 09

Sept 09 - Sept 11

Jan 09 - April 09

 

Jan 10 - April 10

 

RESPONSIBILITY

DOs July 08 - July 09FAI

 

DOs Every yearFAI

 

FAI DOs / Futsal DO

   

FAI DOs / Futsal DO

 

DO Jan 08 - Dec 09Futsal

Goal: To provide opportunities for all children to play Futsal

TARGET GROUP

Local Authorities / local youth groups

 

Local Authorities / local youth groups

     

from

and U15 areas

programme

     

leagues / clubs

KEY AREA: GRASSROOTS FUTSAL - CHILDREN

All players U13

designated

 

All U15 players

managers

grassroots

/ All facility

ACTIONS

Continue expansion of venues in greater Dublin area to a minimum of 65 venues

Establish programme in areas where a FAI / LA Football DO appointed

Work with local authorities to address provision

of Futsal posts and pitch markings

Work with local authorities to address suitability of facilities for implementing

programme

To establish the U13 winter competition in

Dublin with 48 teams

Pilot U15 competition in Dublin with 24 teams

Run a pilot Competition in 4 regional areas

Establish the U13 and U15 competition in 4 major towns / cities

Identify 10 teams and 2 venues to run a pilot

competition

Appoint a volunteer league Administrator

Expand league to 20 teams

Identify Futsal balls and goalpost supplier / partner(s)

Develop criteria for applicants to qualify for

subsidy scheme

Agree invoicing / accounting mechanism with

suppliers to facilitate the scheme

   

OUTCOMES (KPI)

 

Programme established in Dublin and with 10 local authorities countrywide

   

Winter league programme provided at U13 and U15 age groups in 4 major towns / cities

   

U15 Postal Zone league set up

greater Dublin area

in

   

Futsal balls / goalpost subsidy

scheme established

A

 

OBJECTIVES

 

Expand the FAI Inner City Futsal Summer and Winter programmes to include venues countrywide

   

To set up a Futsal balls and equipment subsidy scheme to facilitate the running of Futsal leagues

 

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4.2: Grassroots Futsal – Adults

4: KEY PROGRAMME AREAS 4.2: Grassroots Futsal – Adults Goal: To provide opportunities for all adults

Goal: To provide opportunities for all adults to play Futsal

There is an ideal opportunity to develop Futsal in third level educational institutions throughout Ireland who enjoy superb sports facilities which could easily accommodate playing Futsal. As well as the ”user friendly” nature of Futsal, numerous opportunities exist on the academic stage to play Futsal internationally and this may be an incentive to persuade existing players in this arena to consider opting for Futsal.

The establishment of Futsal within the junior football leagues will provide their existing members with an option for more football activity but also could potentially increase their membership. There are thousands of social five-a-side players playing in unofficial leagues all year round and the development of official Futsal leagues within the junior arena may attract these players to become affiliated into the league’s official framework.

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More opportunities for junior players, coaches, referees and administrators to be involved at an international level will be created with the formation of Futsal leagues. Significantly, the base of players from which to choose international teams will also be broadened.

The FAI is committed to providing Football for All and the FAI will continue to support all people with disabilities who wish to play Futsal.

With the ever growing fabric of Irish society changing, new citizens arriving from countries with an established Futsal tradition may be instrumental in educating Irish Futsal players and coaches. In this regard, engaging in outreach with these groups will facilitate their involvement in Futsal in Ireland.

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TIMEFRAME

 

Jan 08 - Dec 11

 

Jan 08 - Dec 11

 

Jan 2008 to Dec 2010

Jan 2008 to Dec 2010

Jan 2008 to Dec 2010

Jan 2008 to Dec 2010

Jan 2008 to Dec 2010

Jan 2008 to

Dec 2010

       

RESPONSIBILITY

 

/ CFAI & Colleges NC /

FAI Schools

IUFU

   

/ FAI Schools /

Jan 08 - Dec 11WSCAI

 

Futsal DO / FAI NC for 3rd Level

Futsal DO / FAI NC for 3rd Level / 3rd Level Sports DOs

Futsal DO / FAI NC for 3rd Level / 3rd Level Sports DOs

Futsal DO / FAI NC for 3rd Level / Individual 3rd Level Institutions

Futsal DO / FAI NC for 3rd Level / FAI Corporate Dept

Futsal DO / FAI NC for 3rd Level / Individual 3rd Level

         

IUFU & CFAI

NC

colleges

Institutions

KEY AREA: GRASSROOTS FUTSAL - ADULTS

Goal: To provide opportunities for all adults to play Futsal

TARGET GROUP

 

All 3rd level institutions

 

All 3rd level institutions

All 3rd level women’s teams

Students

Students

Students

Student Freshers

Potential Sponsors

Student Freshers

       

ACTIONS

Run 10 Futsal workshops countrywide

Support and collate data on “in house”

competitions

Support and collate data on regional

competitions

Link with IUFU and CFAI and agree support for

pilot competition

Employ outside agency to assist with running

of tournament

Appoint Administrator and agree competition

format

Run regional qualifiers

Run National tournament

Link with WSCAI to promote Futsal

and agree support

Competition format agreed

Develop a calendar of activities for the year

Run pilot events in two 3rd level institutions

Expand the programme of events

Fresher Leagues set up in eight 3rd Level Institutions

Local sponsors attached to the internal leagues

Regional and national finals for 3rd level winners

 

Pilot tournaments held in 2 areas

Review pilot tournaments

 

Roll out programme to four regions

   

OUTCOMES (KPI)

100 Futsal participation events run across 3rd level institutions

   

National integrated 3rd

level Futsal competition is

established

 

Women’s intervarsities Futsal

competition developed into 24

team competition

 

Eight Staff Futsal events

offered in 3rd level institutions

   

Sixteen internal Futsal leagues

place for players

6 regional Futsal tournaments

with restricted number of “A”

team players

A

in

OBJECTIVES

 

To Establish a Futsal com- petition structure in 3rd level institutions

 

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TIMEFRAME

   

Sept 09 - Dec 10

Sept 09 - Dec 11

Sept 09 - Dec 11

Sept 09 - Dec 11

Sept 09 - Dec 11

   

Jan 08 - Jan 09

RESPONSIBILITY

Futsal NC Jan 08 - Dec 09FAI

DO / FAI DOs Jan 08 - Dec 09Futsal

Junior administrators /

Futsal DO

Leagues / Futsal DO / FAI DOs /

Junior administrators / Futsal DO

Junior administrators / Futsal DO

Junior administrators /

Futsal DO

 

DO / Junior Council Sept 09 - Dec 11Futsal

 

/ Futsal DO Sept 09 - Dec 11Leagues

Domestic Football Committee / Futsal DO

KEY AREA: GRASSROOTS FUTSAL - ADULTS Goal: To provide opportunities for all adults to play Futsal

TARGET GROUP

Junior leagues committees

Junior leagues coaches

Junior leagues / clubs

Junior league clubs

Junior league clubs

Junior leagues committees

Junior leagues committees

 

Junior leagues

 

Junior and business leagues

All players

ACTIONS

Make presentations to 12 Junior league committees

Deliver 8 workshops to Junior leagues coaches

Promote the appointment of a volunteer Futsal liaison officer in all clubs and leagues and compile a database of same

Run 8 taster blitz competitions with leagues prior to proposing league formation

Target 8 teams initially from each league to participate in pilot competition

Agree timing and format of competition and appoint league administrator

Increase participants in league from the initial

pilot group of 8 teams to 16 teams

Make Proposal to Junior council for competition

Agree format of competition and appoint competition administrator

Run 2 taster blitz open competitions prior to

proposing league formation

Set up 2 pilot masters leagues with 8 teams

in each Agree format of competition and appoint competition administrator

Examine and regularise registration system for

football / Futsal players

   

OUTCOMES (KPI)

 

8 Junior Futsal Leagues formed

Junior Futsal Inter league competition formed

 

Over 35 Futsal Masters competition formed

Football / Futsal registration system regularised

OBJECTIVES

 

To establish a Futsal competition structure within Junior soccer

 

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TIMEFRAME

Jan 08 - Dec 11

         

Jan 08 - Dec 11

     

-

           

Jan 08 - Dec 11

 

Jan 08 - Dec 11

 
   

Jan 2010

10

Dec

 

RESPONSIBILITY

FAI Futsal NC / Futsal DO / FAI DOS

DO / FAI DOs Jan 08 - Dec 11Futsal

DOs / Futsal DO Jan 08 - Dec 11FAI

Futsal DO

Business league administrators / Futsal DO

Leagues administrators / Futsal DO

League administrators

 

Futsal NC / Futsal DO /

FAI DOs

FAI

   

FAI Intercultural NC / Futsal DO / SARI/Ethnic Community groups

FAI Intercultural NC / Futsal DO / FAI DOs

KEY AREA: GRASSROOTS FUTSAL - ADULTS

Goal: To provide opportunities for all adults to play Futsal

TARGET GROUP

Facility managers

Commercial football facilities

All recreational football facility users

 

Business house leagues, civil service and fire / security forces groups

     

All players

 

FAI Football for all NCAll

deaf womens players

 

FAI Football for all NCAll

blindsport players (male)

 

All foreign national Futsal players / coaches

 

ACTIONS

Make 4 presentations to groups of facility

managers

Introduce Futsal to 20 current commercial football facilities / astroparks

Run 4 Futsal workshops specifically for target

groups

Make presentations to 4 league committees

Pilot 4 new Futsal leagues

Identify League administrators

Run Pilot competitions

Source sponsor for “open” tournament and

appoint administrator(s)

Agree format of competition and appoint

competition administrator

Pilot competition

Identify eligible players around the country

Jan 08 - Dec 11Organise

regular training sessions

Enter appropriate competitions

Identify eligible players around the country

Jan 08 - Dec 11Organise

regular training sessions

Enter appropriate competitions

Cooperate with SARI and Ethnic community

groups to facilitate ethnic minorities participation in Futsal

Proactively engage in outreach to ethnic

minority groups for Futsal activities

   

OUTCOMES (KPI)

 

Futsal introduced in 20 commercial football facilities

 

4 Futsal leagues for business / professional groups established

   

National Futsal “open” tourna- ment formed

 

Irish womens deaf Futsal squad is established

 

Irish blindsports Futsal squad is established

 

Pathway established for ethnic minority players to link with clubs and leagues to play Futsal

 

OBJECTIVES

 

To promote Futsal as an alternative indoor football game for social and recreational players

   

To continue to support the development of Futsal with Football for All groups

   

To establish links with ethnic groups to increase local knowledge of Futsal

 

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4.3: Education

Areas SECTION 4: KEY PROGRAMME AREAS 4.3: Education Goal: To improve knowledge and standards of Futsal

Goal:

To improve knowledge and standards of Futsal among coaches, referees, administrators and volunteers by providing a pathway and resources for the development of their skills

An integral step in the development of Futsal will be the proper education of players, coaches, referees and administrators in the rules and principles of the game. Specific workshops and courses will be designed to cater for all those interested in learning more about Futsal.

Futsal is a highly disciplined game, with a heavy emphasis on fair play in all aspects. Futsal has the potential to create a culture of discipline thus positively influencing player behaviour on the pitch and consequently making refereeing a less stressful task. An education programme for Futsal referees is critical if the FAI is to spearhead the development of competition at local, regional, national and international level.

To this end, open dialogue with the FAI Referees Department and a fluid relationship with the Irish Referees Society must be established to ensure that they can best take on the relatively new concept that Futsal is to Ireland. Establishing consistency in officiating will be a corner stone of the success in integrating Futsal into the Irish football structure.

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As the development of the game progresses, the issues of tactical awareness and Futsal-specific technical skills will become important to players and coaches. It is envisaged that a Futsal Coach Education programme will be developed following course guidelines produced by UEFA. To this end, various levels of Futsal workshops and coach education courses will evolve during the lifetime of the development plan.

Administrators and volunteers are the lifeblood of leagues and clubs and as such should be provided with the opportunities to further their knowledge of Futsal should they wish to do so. A programme to increase knowledge of Futsal will be established to facilitate interested parties from within this group.

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TIMEFRAME

Jan 08 - Dec 08

Jan 09 - Dec 09

Jan 2010 to Dec 10

Jan 08 - Dec 2011

Jan 08 - June 10

Sept 08 - June 09

     

Jan 08 - Dec 08

 

March 08 - Dec 11

Jan 08 - Dec 11

Jan 09 - Dec 11

   

Sept 08 - Dec 08

   

Jan 09 - Dec 11

Goal: To improve knowledge and standards of Futsal among coaches, referees, administrators and volunteers

 

RESPONSIBILITY

FAI NC for Schools / FAI NC for Futsal / Futsal DO / FAI DOs

FAI NC for Schools / FAI NC for Futsal / Futsal DO / FAI DOs

FAI NC for Schools / FAI NC for

Futsal / Futsal DO / FAI DOs

FAI Futsal NC / FAI NC for Schools / FAI Education Manager

FAI NC for Schools / FAI Education Manager / Futsal NC

FAI NC for Referee Education / FAI NC for Schools

 

DO / FAI DOs Jan 08 - Dec 11Futsal

   

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Education Manager

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Education Manager

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Education

Manager

FAI FÁS Coordinator / FAI

Futsal NC

   

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Education

Manager

Tutors / FAI Futsal NC Jan 08 - Dec 11FAI

Tutors / FAI Futsal NC Jan 09 - Dec 11FAI

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Communications

 

by providing a pathway and resources for the development of their skills

TARGET GROUP

Teachers and Student Teachers

Teachers and Student Teachers

Teachers and Student Teachers

Teachers and Student Teachers

Teachers and Student Teachers

Students in Post Primary Schools

Coaches, Administrators, Volunteers, Parents, facility managers

 

FAI Tutors / All coaches

 

Coaches completing Kick Start 1

FAI Tutors

All FÁS course coordinators

   

All coaches

All coaches

Coaches completing introduc-

tory course

All players, coaches, administrators, volunteers,

facility managers

KEY AREA: FUTSAL EDUCATION

ACTIONS

Deliver 15 Futsal Workshops in 2008

Deliver 10 Futsal Workshops in 2009

Deliver 10 Futsal Workshops in 2010

Develop a template to include Futsal as part of the KS1 Course from January 2008

Implement Futsal in all Kick start One coaching courses for Schools, teachers and student teachers

Pilot new “SSG / Futsal Referee Education Course” in 2 Schools

Develop workshop content and materials

 

Deliver 10 workshops with minimum of 2 in

each province

Design content for both modules

Deliver In service Futsal modules to FAI Tutors

 

Incorporate new module into Kick Start courses

Design stand alone Futsal introductory and level 1 courses

Employ services of UEFA and FIFA Tutors to

train FAI tutors

Include Futsal intro course on all FÁS football

courses countrywide

   

Develop Futsal coaching DVD as a course

resource

Deliver 10 Futsal introductory courses per year

Deliver 10 Level 1 Futsal courses per year

Compile materials and set up course

Maintain and update course materials as

appropriate

OUTCOMES (KPI)

 

Futsal Workshops delivered

for Schools

 

Futsal Workshop included

in Teachers Kick Start One

Courses

Referee Education Courses

provided in 6 schools

workshops per year run

countrywide

   

Futsal integrated as a module

onto Kick Start 1 and 2 courses

 

Introductory and Level 1 Futsal

Course(s) designed

 

An on-line Futsal introductory course created

 
 

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OBJECTIVES

 

To run general workshops to increase knowledge of Futsal

   

To design and introduce Futsal education modules and courses into the FAI Education programme

 

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TIMEFRAME

 

Jan 08 - June 08

June 08 - Dec 10

Jan 08 - Dec 08

June 08 - Dec 10

Jan 08 - Nov 11

Jan 09 - Dec 10

       

Goal: To improve knowledge and standards of Futsal among coaches, referees, administrators and volunteers

 

RESPONSIBILITY

Futsal NC Jan 08 - Dec 08FAI

FAI Referees NC / FAI Futsal NC

FAI Referees NC / FAI Futsal

NC /FAI DOs

FAI Referees NC /

FAI Futsal NC

FAI Referees NC / FAI Futsal

NC / FAI Referee Tutors

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Referees

NC/ FAI Referee Tutors

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Referees NC

Jan 09 - Dec 10FAI

Referees Manager

Futsal NC Jan 08 - Dec 11FAI

Futsal NC Jan 08 - Dec 11FAI

Futsal NC Jan 08 - Dec 11FAI

by providing a pathway and resources for the development of their skills

TARGET GROUP

All referees, club coaches, parents and volunteers

Referee Tutors

All referees

All referees, club coaches, parents and volunteers

All Junior referees

All National League standard referees

National league referees and

tutors

FAI Futsal National League

referees

Selected National league standard referees

Selected National League standard coaches

 

Selected league

administrators

KEY AREA: FUTSAL EDUCATION

ACTIONS

Produce a simple rules document to enable 200 referees to officiate at lower level Futsal games

Design a Futsal referees training course

Deliver 20 referees Futsal introductory courses

Select three referee tutors to deliver Futsal training courses

Deliver 10 Futsal referees training courses targeting junior referees

Deliver 2 referees training workshops targeting

15 National league referees

FAI referees nominated to attend appropriate

UEFA Futsal Referees Courses

FAI to nominate appropriate candidates for

UEFA Referees panel

Identify suitable candidates for further education workshops

Identify suitable event and arrange travel

Review and evaluate event/workshop

Identify suitable candidates for further

education workshops

Identify suitable event and arrange travel

Review and evaluate event / workshop

Identify suitable candidates for further

education workshops

Identify suitable event and arrange travel

Review and evaluate event / workshop

OUTCOMES (KPI)

Referee Futsal education courses established and resources produced to enable referees to officiate Futsal games

   

referees trained to officiate

official competition games

   

3 referees appointed to UEFA

Futsal referees panel

 

referees attended

10

professional Futsal matches /

workshops

 

coaches attended

20

professional Futsal matches /

workshops

 

league administrators

10

attended professional Futsal

competition

 

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OBJECTIVES

 

To ensure there are an adequate number of trained referees to facilitate Futsal competition at all age and ability levels

   

To provide opportunities for coaches, referees and administrators to further their Futsal education by attending professional Futsal matches and international workshops

 

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4.4: High Level Competition – National League and International Teams

Goal: To establish and compete in high level competitions at national and international level

The formation of a National Futsal league is vitally important to providing an opportunity to progress for players, coaches, referees and administrators. It is also critical to the FAI’s ambitions to participate in future international competition. Following the successful pilot U21 FAI Futsal League of Ireland in 2007, it is envisaged that the league will expand in the coming years to reflect a truly National competition and that the age limit restriction on players will be removed. One of the approaches we will take is to bring in coach instructors from FIFA and UEFA and recruit some players and coaches from established Futsal nations. These personnel along with a coach education programme will provide further education and expertise which will accelerate the learning process and improvement of local players and coaches.

The Irish football family should not expect early Irish representative sides to competitively match established Futsal nations in the formative, learning years. However, it is players who develop and emerge from a culture of Futsal cultivated at the grassroots allied to the experiences gained by the “pioneering” players and coaches who may be the ones capable of creating a truly competitive Irish Futsal team in the future.

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TIMEFRAME

Jan 08 - April 09

Jan 08

Jan 08 - Jan 09

Jan 08 - Dec 10

Jan 08

 

Aug 08 - Sept 11

Goal: To establish and compete in high level competition at National and International level

RESPONSIBILITY

League of Ireland Director / FAI Futsal NC

League of Ireland Director / FAI Futsal NC

League of Ireland Director /

FAI Futsal NC

FAI Commercial Manager / League of Ireland Director /

FAI Futsal NC

League of Ireland Director /

FAI Futsal NC

Futsal NC Jan 08FAI

FAI Futsal NC / League of Ireland Director / UEFA Competition Manager

KEY AREA: HIGHER LEVEL COMPETITION DEVELOPMENT

TARGET GROUP

All League of Ireland clubs

All League of Ireland clubs

All League of Ireland clubs

All potential sponsors

All League of Ireland clubs

All League of Ireland coaches

All FAI Futsal league entrants

ACTIONS

Establish a National League Futsal season from Jan - Apr

Expand the current National U21 league to include a minimum of 14 National league clubs

Change the U21 league into an open age competition within 2 years

Source appropriate league sponsorship

Devise and agree format of competition(s)

Deliver 3 technical workshops to league coaches

League winners to represent Ireland in UEFA

Futsal Cup

 

OUTCOMES (KPI)

 

National Futsal league competition formed and established

 

Irish club team entered in UEFA Futsal Cup

 

OBJECTIVES

 

To create sustain- able elite National Futsal competition(s)

 

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TIMEFRAME

Jan 08

Jan 08

Jan 08

Jan 08 - May 08

 

Jan 09 - Dec 09

       

Jan 08 - Dec 11

KEY AREA: HIGHER LEVEL COMPETITION DEVELOPMENT Goal: To establish and compete in high level competition at National and International level

RESPONSIBILITY

FAI Technical Director / FAI International Committee

Team manager / FAI Futsal NC

Team manager / FAI Futsal NC

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Interna-

tional Committee

Jan 08 - Dec 08Team

Manager

FAI Technical Director / FAI International Committee

Team Manager / FAI Futsal NC

Team Manager

Manager Jan 11 - Dec 11Team

 

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Facilities Manager

TARGET GROUP

All suitably qualified coaches

U21 League of Ireland players

U21 League of Ireland players

U21 League of Ireland players

Selected development squad players

All suitably qualified coaches

U21 League of Ireland players

FAI National Futsal league and all suitable players

FAI National Futsal league and all suitable players

 

All players, coaches, administrators

ACTIONS

Appoint International Manager and Coach

Arrange National Development squad trials

Form initial U21 Development squad from players in 2007 Futsal League of Ireland

Compete in 3 international friendly tournaments

Select, prepare squad and compete in UEFA

U21 qualifying round

Appoint International Manager and Coach

Arrange National Development squad trials

Select, prepare squad and compete in UEFA Futsal Championship qualifying round

Select and prepare a squad to compete in World Futsal Championship qualifying round

Identify venues capable of hosting national and international events

Source a championship standard portable Futsal pitch

Ensure Futsal is catered for in new Abbotstown

National sports centre

OUTCOMES (KPI)

 

National Futsal squad at U21 level is established

 

Ireland Futsal team competes in UEFA U21 Futsal Championship qualifying round

 

Ireland Senior Futsal team competes in UEFA Futsal Championship qualifying round

Ireland Senior Futsal team competes in FIFA World Futsal Championship qualifying round

 

National Futsal venue identified

   

OBJECTIVES

 

To establish National Futsal teams to participate in UEFA and FIFA competitions

 

To identify a suitable “home” base venue for hosting national and International matches

 

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Goal: To increase awareness of Futsal and to introduce appropriate structures for the effective development and management of Futsal in Ireland

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Marketing Futsal is a very important aspect of the development plan in order to create awareness of the game and to emphasise the benefits of playing the game. It is essential that the positive aspects of Futsal are highlighted to help the growth

of the game domestically.

When considering the marketing of Futsal, it’s very important that the first exposure to the game for potential sponsors is a strong one conveying a positive image of the potential of the programme. In this regard, a dual top down bottom up approach to developing game is the preferred option with both the grassroots area and higher level competition receiving appropriate attention.

The aim is that the higher level National and International competition would be capable of attracting public interest and providing the vision and incentive to sustain the development of the game at grassroots level. From a financial point of view, the National and International dimension should appeal to potential sponsors and provide a financial injection to drive on the implementation of the plan.

As well securing a high profile sponsor for the Futsal programme, the other resources required to implement the plan will be sought from within the game; commercial and corporate revenue, other sponsorship, the Irish Government, UEFA and FIFA.

The implementation of the plan will be driven by the Technical Department with

quarterly and annual evaluation reports produced and presented to the relevant personnel and committees. These reports will provide the basis for continuous evaluation and adaptation of the plan.

basis for continuous evaluation and adaptation of the plan. Strategic Plan for the Development of Futsal

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TIMEFRAME

Jan 08 - Jun 08

 

Jan 08 - Dec 11

Jan 08 - Dec 08

Jan 08 - Dec 10

Jan 08 - Dec 10

 

Sept 08 - Dec 10

 

Jan 08 - Dec 11

 

March 08 - Dec 11

 

Jan 08 - Dec 11

RESPONSIBILITY

FAI Commercial Manager / FAI Futsal NC

Futsal NC / FAI DOs Jan 08 - Dec 08FAI

     

FAI Commercial Manager / FAI Futsal NC

   

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Commercial Manager / FAI Event Manager

 

/ FAI

 

FAI Commercial / Corporate Affairs/ FAI Futsal NC

   

/ FAI

supplier(s)

equipment

 

FAI Futsal NC / FAI Communications

 

FAI Futsal NC

 

FAI Communications

NC

Futsal

 
 

TARGET GROUP

Potential sponsors of FAI Futsal programme

All players, coaches, administrators, volunteers,

     

All football affiliates

   

All Football Association partners/affiliates

 

volunteers,

 

volunteers,

KEY AREA: MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING

facility managers

etc. clubs,

All players,

leagues

coaches,

administrators,

Players,

managers

facility

 

TV broadcasters

coaches,

administrators,

Players,

managers

facility

 

Compile and produce promotional DVD

Design promotional poster and distribute to all indoor club, school and commercial facilities

 

Develop links between Futsal equipment sup- pliers and retailers re sales outlets, brochures, etc

 

Use FAI channels to promote preferred Futsal equipment supplier

Identify appropriate high profile personality to

 

Create Futsal promotional campaign with

 

Arrange for “Ambassador” to appear at 6

 

Identify teams to participate in Futsal events

Engage with current and potential Football Association sponsors

Develop and implement an effective event management plan, including TV broadcast arrangements

Compile and design Futsal materials for www.fai.ie

Target and create links with other appropriate

websites

Develop a plan for continuous maintenance of

the Futsal Web pages in conjunction with FAI Communications

Identify Futsal events suitable for TV broadcast

Market Futsal events and secure partnership with broadcaster

 

Use current TV partnership arrangements to promote League of Ireland Futsal competitions

e.g. skills column,

Research programme of material required

statistics

coverage,

editorial league

to gain update,

news

Issue Futsal press releases at least weekly

 

ACTIONS

promote Futsal programme

personality

Futsal promo events

during the Winter season

 

OUTCOMES (KPI)

Futsal promotional materials produced

 

Futsal equipment more accessible and readily available

retail outlets

 

High profile personality

employed to promote Futsal

   

high profile Futsal event is

staged in Ireland

 

developed to provide timely

FAI Futsal web pages

and appropriate information

   

More exposure for Futsal

gained through TV coverage

Regular national newspaper(s) coverage of Winter Futsal season

 

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Goal: To increase OBJECTIVES

 

To promote and further increase awareness and knowledge of Futsal in Ireland

   

To develop a more effective communications strategy for Futsal

 

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TIMEFRAME

Jan 08 - Dec 10

Mar 08 - Dec 11

 

Mar 08 - Dec 11

   

Mar 08 - Dec 11

Jan 08 - Jan 09

Jan 08 - Jan 09

RESPONSIBILITY

FAI Commercial Manager / Marketing FAI Futsal NC

FAI Futsal NC / Technical Director

FAI Futsal NC / Unit Manager

 

FAI Futsal NC / National Futsal Committee

FAI Futsal NC / Unit Manager

FAI Futsal NC / National Futsal Committee

Domestic Football Committee / FAI Futsal NC

Domestic Football Committee / FAI Futsal NC

KEY AREA: MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING

TARGET GROUP

All potential FAI Partners

Wider football family

 

Wider football family

   

External event management company

All players

All players

ACTIONS

Link with FAI Commercial department to identify and target suitable potential sponsors

and appoint members of the National

Identify committee

Futsal

Develop an annual action plan for the

programme

 

Meet quarterly to review and evaulate action

plans

Identify specific competitions/events that may

require outsourcing

Select an appropriate competition/event management company as a preferred supplier

Clarify relationship between Football registration system and Futsal

Establish a Futsal registration system

 

OUTCOMES (KPI)

Sponsorship secured

National Futsal committee appointed