The ICFDS is regularly contacted by Universities and researchers who are interested in studying the unique game of Futebol de Salão and to compare it to other versions of football. All studies that we receive are kept on file and available on request and we are always happy to help with research projects. The following is a selection of recent research.
Dr. Charles Buckley, Manchester Metropolitan University: Dr. Buckley compared the benefits of children training with Futebol de Salão to show a far greater improvement, particularly with the juggling and dribbling tests that were carried out. Dr. Buckley concluded that "Futebol de Salão, when compared to conventional approaches to soccer skill development appears to offer exciting potential for improving performance."
Futebol de Salão, when compared to conventional approaches to soccer skill development appears to offer exciting potential for improving performance.
The FA (Research commissioned by the FA for their "Insight" Magazine, carried out by IAIN MILLIGAN of Liverpool John Moore's University): This research compared the games of Futebol de Salão and Mini-Soccer for their relative merits in the development process of young footballers. The study found that in Futebol de Salão players get more chance to perform individual techniques, the games feature more successful passes, controls, fakes and feints, dribbles and runs with the ball and produces more attempts at goal and consequently more goals. The results from the study indicate that the whole concept of Futebol de Salão provides players with greater opportunities to perform basic football techniques more frequently and successfully compared with mini-soccer.
University of Northumbria: Carried out a study comparing training sessions at Brazilian Soccer Schools and those at a professional Football Club's Academy. Whilst at training sessions, the percentage of time that the players were engaged "on task" was:
Pro Club - 16%*
Brazilian Soccer Schools - 53%*
* The average for elite sports coaching world-wide is around 20-30%).
Of this "on-task" time, the following statistics were derived from the time spent undertaking "motor appropriate activities" - namely activities which will improve the players football at their appropriate level:
Pro Club - 33%
Brazilian Soccer School - 92%
The ICFDS is always happy to help with research projects, please feel free to contact us for further information and details of current studies.