At Players First we pride ourselves in our ability to create pathways for players of all abilities.
Players First are a team of experienced coaches teaching children as young as 3 years.
As experienced academy coaches we have seen countless players through to the academy system of professional clubs, but the aim is to bring out the best in every child, no matter the level.
We teach our very young players Futsal, the fastest growing sport on the planet. A modified form of football, it is the only FIFA endorsed small sided sport. Typically played indoors and with a heavier ball, at teaches them ball control and technique in tight spaces.
You’d be hard pressed to find an ambitious English football academy not investing into Futsal these days, and many young professionals in the game credit Futsal to the making of their career.
Futsal is played in all Brazilian football academies and is part of what distinguishes coaching in that country.
Looking at the last World Cup, around 10 players were registered with Futsal clubs. Neymar, Alves, Iniesta, Luiz, Willia – they are different types of players: skillful, able to think fast and to get out of difficult situations. They all credit their formative development years to Futsal.
World Cup Winner Pele
“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.”
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo
“The smaller court helped my footwork skills, the nature of the game me feel so free when I played. If it wasn’t for Futsal, I would definitely not be the player I am today.”
Argentina’s Lionel Messi
“In Argentina, when I was a young boy, I used to play a lot of Futsal on the street and with Newell’s Old Boys. It was a really fun game that’s helped me a great deal.”
Milan and Brazil forward Robinho
“It helped me to become the player I am today. There you don’t have time to think, you are always tightly marked and you develop a sense for performing in tight spaces