Thursday, 8 September 2016


On Saturday 10th September I will be delivering a coaching experience for my friends in Grimsby.

Anyone: parents, managers, coaches, tutors  involved coaching children are welcome to come along and observe the sessions that I will deliver.

Personally I would like to thank Kevin Bryant for his tremendous effort and dedication to put together this great event in the last minute.

For more information about this event please check the next link or contact Kevin.


James Radford is a futsal goalkeeper that played for me at Sheffield FC Futsal. He was the third choice, I have to be honest, but his attitude and desire to improve was inmense. Also, he knew that he had 2 goalkeepers in front of him and he accepted the situation but never gave up. He always helped the team, he was a team player as he showed in London at the Grand Finals 2013, when he travelled down to support the team from the stands... because he LOVES futsal...

For his final year dissertation he decided to do a research about futsal in England. I participated in his research. Once it was done I helped him at the American Journal of Sports Science & Medicine to publish a paper from a baseline audit for futsal participation in England. Full article can be read here.

Life moves on. He left Sheffield FC Futsal, but kept playing for a different team. Then I left Sheffield FC Futsal. He came back to play for Sheffield FC Futsal. We were rivals on the court now. He improved a lot as a goalkeeper. We kept our good relationship. He took a role with more responsability ath Sheffield FC Futsal at the same time he was playing. He is still in Sheffield FC Futsal. He is still working on developing the sport he loves. He is still James Radford. He is still my goalkeeper. Yesterday, he published an article entitled: "The Rise and Stall of Futsal in England". I would like to invite everybody to read his piece. It is really worthy. Well done James!!

Friday, 2 September 2016


Our free "1st World United Futsal Academy Futsal Coaching Workshop" Material 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 give us the opportunity to have access totally free to the material presented in Palo Alto, California last week by Vava Marques (USA Futsal National Assistant Coach) and Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno (England Futsal National Team Assistant Coach/Sports Scientist).

The new ePub publication can be read following the next link:

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

Finally, if you would like to host a futsal camp for players, a futsal clinic for coaches or any futsal event/exhibition do not hesitate to contac us. World United Futsal Academy is more than happy to help clubs, associations, teams... to develop futsal players and coaches. Check our website to find out phone numbers and email addresses.


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 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.