On Tuesdays in June, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, from 6pm until dark, Decatur Soccer is organizing FREE FUNiño games. We will be at Jack Allen in June, and Point Mallard in July.
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- Contact Daniel Burnes at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions
What is FUNiño?
FUNiño is four-goal game created by Horst Wein, the world’s foremost authority on developing youth soccer players. Everything about the game of FUNiño is designed to teach young players “game intelligence” in an optimal setting where the game is the teacher and the rules are the instructions. Professional youth academy and grassroots teams all over Spain, Germany, Italy and many other places around the world use the game of FUNiño and the broader FUNiño training methodology as their primary means of player development.
The video below is footage from a FUNiño coaching clinic Horst Wein led in Poland. It starts at 16 minutes into the video to show how the game is played.
Kids love to play FUNiño and here are a few reasons why:
- There is a lot of goal scoring and most everyone scores
- Extremely fast pace of play – much faster than standard soccer game
- No set positions – everyone attacks and everyone defends – no goal keepers
- Automatic rotation of players means everyone plays about the same amount of time
How play nights will work
First of all: Coaches from Decatur Soccer will be on hand to facilitate the games and teach players the simple rules of the game. Coaching, if any, will be very limited. Parents, please leave the desire to shout instructions to your player in the car. This is strictly for the kids to have fun and adults need to stay out of their way whenever possible.
- There are two fields for 7, 8, and 9 year olds.
- There is one field for 10 and 11 year olds.
When players arrive, they will be given a vest and placed on a team. Each field will support three teams of four players with two teams playing for 8-10 minutes and one team resting. We will try to balance teams to make the games as much fun as possible for everyone. This is the first time we are offering this. Thanks for being patient as we try to learn the best way to do everything.
A Guide to Playing FUNiño
This is a simple explanation of how to play the game of FUNiño. Click each image to see a larger view.