PA WEST Youth League Travel Teams
Highlander Soccer Academy is proud to announce our acceptance into the PA West Youth Travel League! Teams have been formed for the 2019 Spring season including U10, U13, and U19 squads. Developmental squads are available for players 8-18 years old.
Spring 2020 Travel Teams – registration will be announced soon
Fall 2019 Travel Teams – registration opens July 2020
If you have questions please email Dustin@thg-1.com
Winter Futsal League
The Highlands at North Fork is committed to offering the best soccer opportunities to player year-round. FUTSAL is a chance for area youth to enjoy league play in the offseason. Our 2019-2020 winter futsal league was comprised of U10, U12, U15, and High School.
So what is the difference between futsal and walled soccer?
Compared to walled soccer or large indoor field soccer, futsal places a greater premium on ball control. There is no reward for errant passes because the other team gets the ball. There is no reward for errant shots because the other team gets the ball. There is no incentive to ’kick and run’ because the field is too small and packed with players. Players with the ball must use proper technique to maintain control and must seek out other players in space. Players without the ball must move to ’real’ space and truly support their teammates.
How Does Futsal Promote Better Technique?
Just watch futsal players fight to keep the ball from crossing the touch line and you’ll immediately begin to see how futsal develops skill, control, and technique. A small field with lines puts players constantly under pressure from other players and out-of-play boundaries. Players must learn to settle the ball rapidly, cut sharply, shield effectively, pass quickly and move into space.
With futsal, the emphasis is clearly on control and technique. Without control and technique you cannot expect to succeed in futsal. And, if US players are to be more successful in the international arena, it is clear that we must better train and prepare our youth on proper technique. If you are serious about skills and technique development, futsal is the superior activity. Futsal promotes better technique and develops skills more rapidly.
Futsal places a premium on control and technique. Take away the walls and you can still have as much fun as walled soccer. But there are far more quality touches and repetitions which directly translate to the outdoor game. With Futsal, you make better use of your training time and development.