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Futsal Weekly Recognition Initiative

Our philosophy is that our Futsal League is part of our year round player development process, hence to help facilitate this we will be introducing a Weekly Recognition Incentive that we will ask League coaches, referee's and NKSA staff to take part in. 


  • A players development can rely heavily on confidence, and whether they feel comfortable trying new things in unfamiliar environments that can be or feel out of their 'comfort zone'.
  • Indeed this "stress," especially in a new learner, can create cognitive overload which impairs a players ability to make decisions because they lose that situational awareness.
  • To help alleviate that, we ask that coaches and referee's continue to provide positive player feedback when appropriate to help create a positive learning environment.   


  •  The competition will include NKSA staff, participating Futsal League coaches and the futsal referee's being able to nominate:
  •  'Skill of the Week' 'Goal of the Week' 'Player of the Week' and a 'Team of the Week'.  


  •  Futsal League coaches will be allowed to nominate up to 2 players for each category within each Futsal team they are with.
  • Coaches can nominate other team's for recognition, but will not be allowed to nominate their own team for 'team of the week', however referee's do not have these restriction's.
  • Futsal League referees and NKSA staff can nominate anyone in any of the listed categories

At NKSA we care that each and every young player, whether within our club or not, has a valuable experience in soccer, so please know that this is not restricted to just NKSA players/team's. NKSA staff, futsal coaches and/or referee's will simply fill out a slip with their nomination if wanted and place it in the Nomination Box which will be situated by our entry gate each week. At any point during our Saturday NKSA Futsal experience, you can place your nomination in the box and a random winner will be pulled from each box and 'winners' will be announced prior to the following week's games.

  • Extrinsic rewards in the form of prizes will be provided for weekly individual winners with the hope that, in the long run, the intrinsic rewards for 'trying new things' and having the confidence to do these will rub off on the players for their Spring season's and beyond.  

We hope you will take the time to participate in this initiative, and again, anything that we can do to provide a positive and valuable learning experience to our Futsal League players will be, at the end of the day, beneficial in the long term to all of our young players.

Thank you

NKSA Winter Futsal League Schedule

NKSA Futsal-what do we offer?

Winter Futsal League-open to NKSA and non-NKSA teams and players

Futsal Camps and Clinics (Summer and Winter)

Futsal Academy-training and tournaments for on going teams

Winter YDA and Youth Individual Technique Training (ITT)

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NKSA Winter Futsal League

Season Two is right around the corner!  
Start getting your team together NOW!

9/20/2019 The NKSA Futsal League returns for more FUN and EXCITEMENT at St Henry Athletic Complex, 25 Cavalier Blvd (entrance located off Burlington Pike.)

*League will run from December 7-February 15 and will feature 8 games.
*Games will be played primarily on Saturdays, between 3:00- and 9:00 pm.  

*Boys and Girls Divisions will be formed at U8, U10, U12, U14, and HS (may form JV and Varsity if registration permits)
*Roster recommendations-7 minimum, 10 maximum

*Costs are $420 (referee fees are included) per team. 

Please note-there will be a $2 per person admission fee to SHAC (players and coaches are free.)  Admission will be capped at $5 per family per day.

Register your team today!
Click Here for Registration Instructions

Registration Deadline EXTENDED-Nov 20th 
Draft Schedules will be published on Nov 22nd.



Winter YDA and Youth Individual Technique Training (ITT)

Both YDA and ITT are optional, co-ed, winter training programs run by NKSA Youth Director, Greg Bowman and assisted by other NKSA staff. The objective of both programs is to increase each player’s confidence on the ball. The 50 minute sessions focus on individual ball control, comfort and command. Both programs will be conducted on Sundays from Jan 5-Feb 23rd at St Henry Athletic Complex-Cavalier Blvd, Florence.

Program Details

Ages: U5 to U7 players (2013 and 2014 birth years)
Cost is $60

Ages: U10-U8 players (2010-2012 birth years)
Time: 1:00-1:50
Cost: $70

Player's can be registered through their Home Account-Eligible programs will be listed beside the participants name.

Futsal Academy Winter Training-Saturdays Dec-Feb

NKSA Futsal Academy Training

This program is designed for those players who want to be more competitive at Futsal and are interested in dedicating more training time to the sport.  It will be an environment where the players can learn, practice and be creative, honing the attributes that they can then immediately take into a Futsal game(s) and a tournament.  

These sessions will also serve as a venue for players to audition for a possible position with NKSA’s new Futsal Academy teams, which will be formed at U10, U12, U14, and U16 where appropriate numbers and ability are available.

Training Date: Saturday-Dec  7, 21; Jan 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 15
Training Time:      3:00 pm
Training Costs:        $85

Futsal Director David Shemilt will lead all sessions.  Sign up through your club account.  Don't have one? Start one now by clicking the REGISTER button in the top corner of the HOME page.

what is futsal?

Futsal is a sport that is a derivative of soccer and played with five-man teams on a basketball style court with no walls and a smaller, low-bouncing ball. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo and Neymar grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills. 

Futsal vs Indoor (walls) Soccer
What's the difference?

Futsal is played on an indoor court with boundaries while Indoor Soccer is played on a turf field with  walls. The players in futsal are more likely to develop their foot skills without relying on a wall for support. The main difference is the ball– a size 4 is used: slightly smaller with bounce restriction. Having a slightly smaller ball with less bounce allows for a much faster game which will increase your foot skills. 
Futsal is played on a smaller field, 5v5 with fewer subs (recommended). Players contact the ball more, and improve their quick, short passes. Futsal also improves your skills of passing the ball down the line, since it is played on a field with no walls .

Why futsal?

The book The Talent Code, written by Daniel Coyle explores why certain areas of the world are talent hotspots for certain activities. Simon Clifford, a soccer coach, was blown away by the supernatural skills of the Brazilian soccer players.  After extensively studying the Brazilians, he determined that there was a misconception that the Brazilians got their skills from playing soccer at the beach. The cause for such talent came out of futsal.

Clifford writes:

One reason lies in the math. Futsal players touch the ball far more often than soccer players—six times more often per minute, according to a Liverpool University study. The smaller, heavier ball demands and rewards more precise handling—as coaches point out, you can’t get out of a tight spot simply by booting the ball downfield.

 Sharp passing is paramount: the game is all about looking for angles and spaces and working quick combinations with other players. Ball control and vision are crucial, so that when futsal players play the full-size game, they feel as if they have acres of free space in which to operate. When I watched professional outdoor games in Sao Paolo sitting with Dr. Miranda (Professor at soccer from the University of Sao Paolo), he would point out players who had played futsal: he could tell by the way they held the ball. They didn’t care how close their opponent came.

 As Dr. Miranda summed up, “No time plus no space equals better skills. Futsal is our national laboratory of improvisation.” In other words, Brazilian soccer is different from the rest of the world’s because Brazil employs the sporting equivalent of a Link trainer.

 Futsal compresses soccer’s essential skills into a small box; it places players inside the deep practice zone, making and correcting errors, constantly generating solutions to vivid problems. Players touching the ball 600 percent more often learn far faster, without realizing it, than they would in the vast, bouncy expanse of the outdoor game

You only need to view the link for further evidence if you are still not convinced

How does this translate back to the outdoor pitch to make it more effective for soccer development than soccer?! Easy. Because futsal creates the optimum environment for deep practice, a rewiring of the mind, which exponentially increases their development.

General Futsal Rules

  • Each regular match consists of two equal halves of 20 minutes.

  • A five-minute half-time period will occur between halves.

  • There is no overtime, injury time or stoppage time.

  • Teams are comprised of four field players and one goalkeeper.

  • The goalkeeper must wear a different color jersey than the field players.

  • All players must wear the following: shirt, shorts with no pockets (pants are ok),
    shinguards, socks, non-marking sneakers -- no exceptions.

  • Jewelry, watches, earrings, metal barrettes and other potentially dangerous items are not permitted.

  • There is no sliding in futsal.

  • There is no offsides in futsal.

  • Players are encouraged not to wear eyeglasses. Sport-specific eyewear worn with a strap are okay.

  • Although some contact is unavoidable, futsal is largely a non-contact sport. In addition such legal contact shall not be careless, reckless or excessive.

    Additional Rules may be applied based on the SHAC facility.

    Please note-there will be a $2 per person admission fee to SHAC (players and coaches are free.)  Admission will be capped at $5 per family per day.



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Futsal Director David Shemilt will lead both sessions.  Sign up through your club account.  Don't have one? Start one now by clicking the REGISTER button in the top corner of the HOME page.


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