The benefits of Futsal for player development

Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 5BX

Lead Coach Andy Ritchie


From 7.30pm until 9.30pm

At Royal Russell School

Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 5BX

Here are full details of our next session.

The theme is ‘the benefits of Futsal for player development’.

It will be delivered by FA Coach Educator Andy Ritchie


Date - Thursday 11th February

Time - 7.30 to 9.30pm

Venue - Royal Russell School. Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 5BX


Theory – introduction and presentation

Practical – practical games from the Futsal level one course and basic defending & attacking match play strategies



“Futsal, which places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the normal format of the game”


This session is open for all members of the Surrey Football Coaches Association to attend.

There is no need to pre-book a place, just turn up and we will be there to greet you on your arrival and direct you to the venue for the session.

Although players are being provided for the session, this session is an opportunity for attending coaches to play in the session. Potentially, actually playing Futsal can help us understand the benefits of this version of the game for player development .

We know this is something that many members like to do, so we trust this news is welcome.

Regarding footwear, the surface is an indoor gym.


About Andy Ritchie:

Andy Ritchie has 30 years’ experience of teaching, coach education and coaching young footballers aged 5-adult at the very highest level.

He started as a PE teacher, set up his own coaching business and has been 20 years a pro-game academy coach (Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Charlton Athletic, Southampton, Wycombe Wanderers. John Terry, Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Adam Lallana all played in Andy's teams). He has also studied and researched the Academies at Juventus, Borussia Monchengladbach and Lyon.

He is now an FA Mentor/QA Monitor of new coaches and FA Coach Education Tutor, delivering level 1 & 2 (and soon to be level 3), FA Youth Award module 1, 2 & 3 and Futsal level 1 & 2. He also now helps support the staff and students at Hampton School with their Football Programme.

He has an honours degree in Physical and Personal/Social Education and holds the UEFA ‘A’ Licence and Academy Managers Award.


This session will now also double up as a FA licenced coaches club CPD event.
It will provide 2 hours of CPD for level 1 and level 2 coaches, who need to prebook their place at…/participant/arrangement.aspx…