SoulBall is not ‘another’ football coaching session. It is not a futsal session either.
So what makes SoulBall different?
Drawing on the Founder’s (Christopher Ryman) strong background in education, futsal, football and street football and his desire to see children confident, skilful and creative with a ball at their feet, “The SoulBall Way” is an innovative approach to developing children’s creativity, technique, confidence and enjoyment with a ball by fusing the core elements of futsal, football and street football.
Some of the ways we do this are:
Lots of Ball – We believe the more a player touches the ball, the more enjoyable it is, the more confident they become and the more their technique improves.
Tailor-made Sessions – We have developed games, skills and practices that are wholly centred around Enjoyment, Technique, Creativity and Game Intelligence. All children are involved with the ball all of the time.
Small Sided – We play a lot of 1 v 1s, 2 v 2s and 3 v 3s. We believe small-sided games are essential for developing a player’s confidence with the ball and their movement without the ball.
Small Space – Playing in small spaces naturally develops creativity, quicker-thinking and quicker feet. The small space we use is intentionally thought out.
Ball Size – We use size 2 futsal balls which are heavier than normal footballs. Using a smaller, heavier ball quickens the development of ball confidence and ball manipulation.
Small Groups – We limit a group size to 12 players to a coach (in some cases this can be up to 16 players).
Culture – We highly-value creating a very positive and encouraging environment, knowing that a child best learns and develops when he/she is enjoying him/herself, are being encouraged, are believed in and feel cared for.
Evidence of the impact of “The SoulBall Way” has had on youngsters’ development has been amazing.