What is the objective of training? 

  1. T. Goncalves (The basic principles of Brazilian football):

“We base our methods of instruction on the Brazilian football style!” 

“Brazilian football is a national philosophy. Whatever the age or level of the player, he/she plays with the same style, the same „technical repertory” (obs: style technique) and the same tactical concept (obs. concept of play).”

The training objective: 



  • Attaining the style technique
  • Attaining the PLAYING STYLE

Requirements with respect to style technique: 

  1. execution (the level of execution shows the quality of the implementation)
  2. usage (the executed technique must be from the „Brazilian repertory”, since this ensures the „Brazilian style”)
  3. application (the technique selected from the „Brazilian repertory” must be exactly the one that is the most optimally applicable to the given play scenario)

The didactic principle of instruction:

  • Pressure increases continually 

The Brazilian training tool:

The FUTSAL technique is identical to the Brazilian style technique.

FUTSAL technique = Brazilian style technique

In other words:

– balls kept predominantly on the ground

– player is not tied to positions, but rather positions himself relative to the ball

– ball and player are in continuous motion

– formation build up and breakdown

In Brazil, youths play futsal until age 12 (or older), and if they are skilled enough, after their SELECTIONS, they gain entry into the academy level youth teams of the professional clubs.

The training principle: 


Brazilians do not teach movement coordination separately, as is common in Europe; they integrate it into the ball handling drills.

The following examples show the unified application of style technique and movement coordination tasks. We can follow this principle in any attacking and probing drills involving shooting on goal. Our task consists of setting cones along the line of the running player.

During the drills, we should observe that the path of the ball, or the movement of the player is in the DIAGONAL.

1. Example



  • Attaining and learning the attacking diagonally


  • Groups of 3. One (1) ball per group
  • 9 cones
  • After leading the attack, switching roles. Order: A-B-C


1: dribbling the ball in slalom motion on the wing (A)

2: „B” running over the cones (task of movement coordination)

3: „A” return pass to „B”

4: „C” running over the cones (task of movement coordination)

5, 6: pass to „C”, is shooting at goal

2. Example



  • Attaining and learning diagonal technique


  • 1 ball per player
  • 4 cones


1: releasing diagonally

2: running over the cones (task of movement coordination)

3: shooting on goal

3. Example



  • Attaining and learning the (diagonal play, diagonal movement)


  • Groups of 2. One (1) ball per group and 10 cones


1: after starting feint, movement coordination task

2: diagonal pass

3: receiving pass

4-5: diagonal pass and moving to diagonal defending

9: running back

Duration:  3 minutes, then switch roles

4. Example


Objective: Attaining and learning attacking diagonally


  • 16 cones
  • Groups of 4. One (1) ball per group


1: movement coordination task. On a signal, the players start to sprint.

2: 3 v 1 positional play.

  • The coach passes the ball to one of the ball holding players
  • The coach should indicate who will be the defender during the 3 v 1 play

3: after brief period holding the ball, 3 v 1 play on goal

Obs: If the defender gains the ball, then 1 v 3 play on goal.

5. Example



  • Learning to receive the ball counter to the direction of movement
  • Learning diagonal play


  • White players (diagram) are the ball passers. They stay fixed at the assigned cones.
  • Black players (diagram) execute the task


1: diagonal pass, diagonal movement

2: receiving counter to the direction of movement

3: diagonal pass, diagonal movement

4: movement coordination task

6. Example



  • Learning style technique


  • 12 cones. One (1) ball per player.


1: starting feint

2-3-4: movement coordination task over the cones

5: passing the ball by the cone +  movement coordination task over the cones

6: feint

7: shooting on goal


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