Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Our free eBook "Futsal: Technical & Tactical Concepts" by Berdejo-del-Fresno, Steel and Jennings (2015) has now been published in a completely FREE ePUB thanks to the help of David D'Errico

We would like to thank David for his hard work doing this compilation to offer us the possibility to read the eBook in a more modern version and definitely more accessible one. 

The new ePub publication can be read following the link: 

Also, the downloadable pdf version can be accessed in the next link:

Sunday, 28 August 2016


World United Futsal Academy (WUFA) staff would like to thank the 23 coaches who registered and attended the 1st WUFA Futsal Coaching Workshop tonight in Palo Alto. Also, we would like to thanks the 12 players who kindly attended the practical part since without them it had been completely impossible to deliver such as successful event. 

We hope that all the coaches have enjoyed and have gone home thinking that it has been worthy. WUFA staff is already thinking about future events (camps, practices, coaches clinics, guest sessions...) and we are always open to collaborate with clubs, teams or any association to help to develop this beautiful sport.

As promised, the Power Point presentation with all the information, exercises and contact details can be downloaded from the following link. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any problem, doubt, or proposal. Also, feel free to share with as many coaches as possible this resource as we believe that the only way to improve is to share between us.

In this pack of information, you have 3 links to download some material:

1) Daniel's book published last summer entitled "Futsal: Technical & Tactical Concepts". PDF Format.

2) Daniel's book published last summer entitled "Futsal: Technical & Tactical Concepts". ePub Format, published just on the 27th August 2016 with the help of David D'Errico.

3) 25 Top Futsal Strategies You Must Know published in www.5-a-side.com and taken from Daniel's book.

Friday, 5 August 2016


27th AUGUST 2016



It is now our pleasure to present to you the 1st World United Futsal Academy Coaching Workshop in Palo Alto. 

Last month, WUFA brought Andreu Plaza (FC Barcelona Head Coach) to Rocklin, CA to deliver a futsal camp and futsal clinic together with Gerard Floriach (FC Barcelona), Vava Marques (US Futsal National Team) and Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno (England Futsal National Team). It was a tremendous success and we felt that the coaches learnt a lot.  

But it is not over! World United Futsal Academy staff has been working fast in order to provide you with an repeatable event in Palo Alto, in terms of content quality, organization and price. World United Futsal Academy is glad to announce that they have been able to organize a Futsal Coaching Workshop with Vava Marques (US Futsal National Team) and Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno (England Futsal National Team). They will cover basic concepts in futsal, both tactically and technically. The theory will be supported by a practical lesson too, where attendees will be able to see the concepts applied to the real game of futsal.

World United Futsal Academy Philosophy

Our mission is to spread the gospel of futsal, train elite players in futsal and educate the coaches to train futsal giving them the skill set, the knowledge and the tools that will make them to be able to create great futsal players. We would like to create a network of futsal coaches where share ideas and learn from each other to be able to increase the futsal level an knowledge of our kids. 


Vava Marques

World United FC founder in 1995
US Futsal National Team Assistant Coach since 1998
6 CONCACAF participations
3 FIFA World Futsal Cups
7 Intercontinental Futsal Cups

Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno

World United FC Futsal Coaching Director
England Futsal National Team Assistant Coach & Sports Scientist since 2010
2 UEFA Cups participations (2 Preliminary rounds and 1 main qualifying round)
2 FIFA World Cup (2 Preliminary rounds and 1 main qualifying round)
International Futsal Academy (UK) Head of Coaching & Sports Science
Author of the book: Futsal: Technical & Tactical Concepts

Location and dates

Palo Alto, Saturday 27th August 2016
Cubberley Community Centre
4000 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303


The registration is completely FREE, but please book your space before the 25th August 2016 through our website.

The registration includes:
  • Attendance to the presentations.
  • Attendance to the practical sessions.
  • All the teaching content/resources of the presentations.
  • All participants will be awarded with a discount for our next futsal events.
  • Certificate of attendance.
All those confirmed as registered before 25th August 2016 will receive all the content  delivered in the workshop electronically.


+1 (650) 450-7790

Tuesday, 10 May 2016


I am very glad to announce that for the 3rd consecutive summer I will travel to USA to spend my holidays there and help my good friends Vava and Andreu with the futsal camps for kids. Below you have all the info about each one.




Saturday, 6 February 2016


The Fitness Module that I have delivered this morning in the UEFA B Futsal Course can be downloaded from the link below. 

It has been a great experience and I hope you have enjoyed the day. In the presentation you have all the drills, exercises and games that I have performed and other ones. I tried to pick the ones that I thought were more relevant and you would like to see more. As I said, if you have any question about anything, any suggestion, feedback or recommendation for the future ones, do not hesitate and contact me.

I would like to finish saying a big thank you to all the players who took part in the session from Liverpool Futsal Club, the U19 Midlands CoE, and especially to my 2 fantastic goalkeepers in L'boro Futsal Club, Tom Dennis and Mark Croft or Mark Croft and Tom Dennis (the order does not matter and you really deserve what you are achieving this season, thank you!!!), without you the session had not been the same.

Thursday, 25 June 2015


Although with almost 18-month delay I am very glad to announce that finally the futsal book that I was writing with Jonny Steel and Dave Jennings has been published. Also, I would like to thank Vava Marques (USA Futsal Assistant Coach, World United Futsal Academy and Stanford United Soccer Club) and Guillermo Wallace (England Fustal and Real Betis FSN player) for writing the preface and prologue of the book. I hope you find it helpful. Enjoy it!

Title: Futsal: Technical & Tactical Concepts.

Authors: Berdejo-del-Fresno, D., Steel, J. Jennings, D.

Editor: Asociación Didáctica Andalucia.

ISSN: 978-84-939866-5-0

Year: 2015

The book is in an online format and completely free. To download the book just here.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

VO2max Changes in Futsal Players after a Period of Small-Sided Games Training

Futsal is a high-intensity, intermittent sport where accelerations and short sprints are performed at maximal or sub-maximal intensity. These efforts are interspersed by brief recovery periods, during 2 halves of 20 minutes stopping clock. Aerobic endurance inevitably plays a key role in the players’ performance. The aim of this study was to analyse the VO2 max progression and the agility (with and without ball) of English futsal players during a 6-week period of small-sided games practice. Two teams volunteered to participate in this study; an experimental group (EG), which performed a specialised small-sided training regime and a control group (CG) (normal training regime). VO2max was estimated from the results of the 20-metre Multi-Stage Fitness Test. The VO2max of the futsal players in the EG improved significantly (58.73±2.41 ml/kg/min vs. 60.11 ± 2.99 ml/kg/min, p=0.04). The same player's agility and agility with ball performance did not report any significant changes in either group. The results showed that periodisation, training sessions and methods based on small-sided games, which implied a change in the number of players, the size of the pitch and the task constraints, were adequate to increase aerobic endurance.

Thursday, 26 March 2015


Development and Validation of a New Method to Monitor and Control the Training Load in Futsal: the FUTLOC Tool

Berdejo-del-Fresno, D.: "Development and Validation of a New Method to Monitor and Control the Training Load in Futsal: the FUTLOC Tool." American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 3.1 (2015): 23-27.

The main objective of a coach is to optimise athletic performance. The best performance improvements come from prescribing an optimal dose of physical training with proper recovery periods to allow for the greatest adaptation before competition. The main objective was to develop and validate a new, inexpensive, easy, non-invasive, real time tool to control and monitor the training load in futsal: the FUTLOC tool. Sixteen elite male futsal players from a national team volunteered to participate in this study (24.75 ± 3.36 years old, 176.21 ± , 71.50 ± 8.18 kg, BMI of 23.17 ± 2.22, and 60.11 ± 2.99 ml/kg/min of VO2max. Training load was controlled and monitored daily with the FUTLOC tool. The RPE was measured using the 6-20 Borg scale. The Pearson’s product moment correlation between the means of intensity, RPE, training load and equivalent training load showed an excellent concordance (>0.75). To conclude, based on the results in this study and the literature reviewed, the FUTLOC tool seems to be a good method to control global internal training load in futsal. This method does not require any expensive equipment and may be very useful and convenient for coaches to monitor the internal training load of futsal players.

Find the paper here.

Saturday, 14 February 2015


As probably everyone knows in September 2015 after returning from my coaching experience in Palo Alto (USA) I accepted the role of Head of Coaching & Sports Science at the International Futsal Academy based in Loughborough. One of the jobs that I have in the new role is to be the Head Coach for Loughborough United Futsal Club competing in the FA National Futsal League Midlands Division 2. At the beginning of season we established as our main target to get promoted to Division 1, which meant to win the League. We started the season with a defeat against our main rivals. Since then we have won all the games however I was not very happy. I felt that the team had a lack of something... and I started to think. Well, let's go to be honest... overthink.

As everyone knows too, during the last 2 seasons leading Sheffield FC Futsal we had success given the different circunstancies in each season. Specially, during the season 2012-2013. The most successful season ever for the Club. A season that I will never forget. A season that gave me too many friends. I know that comparisons are always bad, but my target was to achieve that level in the new team. Since those players, that group of players, that TEAM had something special. And I know that if any team wishes to achieve what Sheffield FC Futsal achieved that season there have to be some values in the changing room. An internal force that drives the team to success.

Resultado de imagen de jugar con el corazonThat overthink gave me... well... Xesco Espar (Former FC Barcelona Handball Head Coach) gave me those internal forces. Some time ago, I read his book "Jugar con el corazón. La excelencia no es suficiente" (Playing with the heart. Excellence is not enough). Xesco Espar explains the 5 values that are needed to have to work in a team. Five values that all the Sheffield FC Futsal players had and showed on the futsal court in every single training session and game. 

Therefore, once I realised that our problem was not technical, physical, tactical or social, I decided to have a meeting with the captains first and the players then to explain those five values needed in a team sport and show them a couple of videos. 

Let's go with the 5 values from Xesco Espar's book:
1. Generosity: Basically, every player has to give to the team more than the team expects from him. If a player is not doing his job, I have to do my job and his job because I know that in a reverse situation he would do the same for me. Probably, you will understand that with the following video:

2. Humility: If you have a bad day, you must let people help you. Let your mates shine. Let your mates take the penalty if you have a bad day even if you are the usual taker.

3. Confidence: Team dares to step forward when situation is not clear. As Xesco Espar explains, confidence is like a table. The more legs, the more solid the table is. If after a mistake, the player is punished, it is like cutting off one of the legs of the table. However, if after something good by the player, you give him positive feedback you are building his confidence.

4. Enthusiasm: Enthusiasm is everything, without it, we are nothing. Besides, enthusiasm is contagious and its lack too. So the lack of enthusiasm is very dangerous for the team. Coaches must be leaders in creating this enviroment. Teammates on the bench, must encourage all the time. That encouragement will make your teammate to win the 50-50 challenge.

5. Commitment: Commitment starts when fun finishes. It is really easy to commit to something when is funny and works perfectly. But that it is not commitment. Commitment is when we show the same values when things do not go well.

I finished the meeting showing the video that Tommy Pearson, my Performance Analyst at Sheffield FC Futsal, made to show/motivate the players in the changing room before playing the semi final of the Grand Finals 2013 against Baku United. A game with a cruel end, but that resumes a perfect season against a professional team. 

And a video that shows all those 5 values needed to success in a team enviroment. I asked my players to find all those 5 values, and I think the did it.

Eight days after the meeting; the chemistry, environment and relationships in the Loughborough United FC team have improved. We are a better team, we are a TEAM, and we are a bit closer to get the target that we wanted to achieve at the beginning of the season. Only 3 more games.