The invasion concept

- the defining principles for competitive success within futsal

Understanding in Invasion Games relates to decision-making. In any Invasion Game, the amount of time a player is actually in possession of the ball is only a small fraction of the overall playing time.  Due to the limited space and a small number of players on the futsal court, the players are forced to adjust their movements. The player’s movements on the court depend on the information / visual cues they receive on the position of their opponents, their teammates, the goal and the ball. This spatial coordination will be one of the most influential factors in coaches’ daily work. Furthermore, this requires moving either side or backwards, without losing the eye contact to the court.

Supporting research from Dogramaci et al. (2011) showed that the Australian national futsal team players produced side and backwards movements almost double as much as recreational futsal players (1016 vs 527 m and 23.8 % vs 17.5 % of time from the total distance moved). In contrast, In football, the time moved backwards accounted only for 3.7 % in top-class football players, and even less for moderate level players (2.9 %) (Mohr et al. 2003).

Author: James Barlow