Brazilian Soccer Schools are a grassroots football organisation with a worldwide network of coaches that has the unified objective of providing a unique but structured football education to children from the ages of 5-18.
This is achieved through a specifically designed syllabus of 200+ individual core movements and skills, which are taught & evaluated using our proprietary method of assessment the Skills Badge Scheme. Our philosophy is that through an increased number of training hours involving constant repetition players can refine & improve both basic & complex skills.
Futebol de Salão allows the core moves & skills taught & assessed in sessions to be integrated into the insanely fast, tightly compressed & highly pressurized environment of 5 a side football.
It is played on a pitch the size of a basketball court with a smaller (size 2), heavier (465g) ball that has virtually no bounce (10%). As explained by Emilio Miranda from the University of São Paulo this version of the game creates up to 600% more touches & served as Brazil's "laboratory of improvisation".
Owner of Socatots & Brazilian Soccer Schools (& former Southampton FC Chairman) Rupert Lowe: 'Sir Clive Woodward & I undertook an extensive research project into what made Brazil consistently so successful and consequently uncovered the Socatots & Brazilian Soccer Schools coaching programmes including, of course Futebol de Salão. The long term vision was to implement both coaching methods and training syllabuses within the Southampton FC academy to get youngsters training from a younger age & in a more effective manner. Many of the academy players at the time such as Adam Lallana, Theo Walcott & Gareth Bale (to name but a few) were initially very receptive and attended specially designed coaching sessions moulded around the Brazilian Soccer schools syllabus.
Former Brazilian Captain, the late, great Socrates prophetically remarked at a Brazilian Soccer Schools event in 2004: ‘you’ve rescued the game of Futebol de Salão. So many players who I played with would be interested in the fact you have done this. We still enjoy playing it, but in Brazil we can’t even buy a ball, FIFA have ruined the game with a bouncing and a high ball.
Full England International & Aston Villa defender: Micah Richards learned his football in the parks of his home city, Leeds in West Yorkshire, but there is also a South American theme to the Aston Villa centre-back's footballing youth, as he claims to have learned much that was valuable from playing Futebol de Salão as a youngster."I went to Brazilian Soccer Schools as a youngster and it was interesting to try the different training techniques of the South Americans," he told uefa.com.
Born in America, to parents from the west of Scotland fellow Professional Football Freestyler Indi, was the winner of a 2014 competition in conjunction with FIFA Street & picked out by Lionel Messi. She also has her own spot in the Guinness Book of Records. She began using the Brazilian Soccer Schools syllabus whilst working on her individual skill routines.
World and European Football Freestyle championships holder and current bearer of 5 Guinness World Records. This includes the incredible feat of successfully completing the London Marathon whilst continually doing kick ups. John grew up living & breathing the Brazilian Soccer Schools syllabus and has attributed it as a huge factor in his subsequent move to a career in full time football free-styling. He took part in the 2009 series of Britain's Got Talent.
Schooled in the Brazilian Soccer Schools ethos since the age of 10, he participated under the watchful eye of Aberdeen franchisee Jockie Lawrence. He has since gone on to become a Scotland U21 international Ryan is currently plying his trade with Premier League side Bournemouth after cutting his teeth at Aberdeen.
24 Year old Peter Pawlett attended Brazilian Soccer Schools Aberdeen (along with Ryan Fraser) & similarly is a Scotland U21 international. He is an attacking midfielder by trade and notched 6 league goals last term operating as a crucial member of a team that finished as runners up in the Scottish Premier League.
Although only 11 years old, Abby is a member of the Sunderland U13 squad and a rising star of her age group. Her success has been attributed to both her own incredibly hard work and the philosophy of Brazilian Soccer Schools & its syllabus.
For our younger players we have introduced two starter levels which will aid the development of basic ball manipulation and passing skills and then help them to progress on to mastering simple ball-juggling techniques.
The first award in the Skills Badge Scheme is the take-off point for all children and provides a good framework from which to develop all the skills needed for the awards scheme. Children will become proficient at 'Core Dribbling Skills', 'Two-footed Juggling' and 'Accurate Passing'. Many hours of practice are required to pass the Level 1 stage. With dedication and training, Level 1 will provide children with the foundations for footballing excellence.
The second level of the scheme challenges players to improve their ball control and foot speed to a standard higher than that of a young Professional Academy player. Children now have to carry out the core skills with a greater degree of accomplishment and must also have mastered more of the skills from the 'Moves 2 Beat Players' and 'Changes of Direction / Turns' syllabus.
The Bronze award recognises children who have achieved a good level of technical skill and ball control. Young players at this level will be amongst the best for their age in their region or city. Hundreds of hours of practice will have been spent with the ball, in order to achieve this award. Youngsters who reach Level 3 will now be really starting to express their creativity and technique during matches.
Children who have achieved this award will be recognised as players who have worked hard to improve their skills and now posses an very high level of technical ability. A child who has achieved Level 4 will be more technically advanced than the vast majority of young British players. The level 4 silver award is an excellent achievement for any young footballer.
This represents the pinnacle of technical excellence and any young player who achieves this award will have given themselves the best possible chance of developing a career in football at the highest level. Without doubt, this is an extremely hard award to achieve and it will have taken thousands of hours of practice to reach this elite level. A Level 5 player will truly be one of the Worlds most skillful young players.