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Founder and former owner Simon Clifford’s fact finding mission to Brazil with only a £6,000 loan after a chance meeting with Brazilian international Juninho and his father, resulted in what we think is a training system that gives committed and hardworking participants the best chance at succeeding as not only professional footballers but well-rounded individuals.


Our training philosophy, put simply, is for players to become technically competent with the ball, work to develop the required physical components before going on to excel in game situations.   Our programme is of a long term nature with the emphasis initially placed on the individual rather than a team methodology.  We believe the game should first be seen as an individual pursuit and complete domination and mastery of the tool of the game, the ball, be attained before the player moves into game play. We draw the analogy with music in that a young and aspiring musician would spend a minimum of three or four years perfecting and developing the command of their instrument before being invited to perform in an orchestra.


Micah Richards - Aston Villa FC, England International;
John Farnworth - World and European Football Freestyle Championships, holder of 5 Guinness World Records;
Ryan Fraser - Bournemouth FC, Scotland U21 International;
Indie Cowie - Guinness World Record holder, Football Freestyler;
Marlon Fossey - Fulham FC, USA U19 International;
Abby Towers - Sunderland AFC Ladies;
Peter Pawlett - Aberdeen FC, Scotland U21 International;
John Bostock - RC Lens;



Using our own exclusive Futebol de Salão ball (size 2) and an equally smaller playing area we work to develop: quick feet, creative passing, unconventional and unpredicatable body movement, the ability to receive the ball and dribble, and to shield the ball from constant pressure.


We teach players to make decisions on the spot and to control the ball with ease. Our sessions develop over 200 football skills, divided into 7 main areas.


BSS training sessions are designed to cater for various age groups. A typical one-hour session is divided into three parts: individual ball work, paired activities and a game situation. Our sessions and matches are intense, with limited breaks.


We teach kids the value of being a team player and show them how to stick to fair play during a game. Our training sessions promote cooperation, respect for the opponent, togetherness and a friendly atmosphere.


We treat each of our trainees individually. We examine young players’ strong points and skills, we get to know them and work with them in a personalised manner.


The Skills Badge Scheme is a standardized evaluation system we use to determine a player’s level of skill. Regularly conducted these tests serve as development record for individual players.


We create conditions and possibilities for each age group to compete in its own way. The youngest groups compete amongst each other during training sessions; the older can put their skills to the test during internal games or matches with non-BSS teams.


Our players have three growth paths to choose from – they are free to pursue any of them. They can choose recreational football, playing in a local team or a more personalised programme.

“I played Futebol de Salão as a youngster, it's the best start for kids.”

[ Juninho ]


In youth football winning matches is too often prioritised over the development of the player.  Of course winning is important, but over time winning is a by-product of effective practice.  Despite the importance of practice, football in comparison to other sports has devoted relatively little effort towards identifying the factors underpinning effective practice.


The table below highlights figures obtained from the sports science departments of The FA and FIFA, these statistics will help explain part of the Brazilian Soccer Schools training methodology.


Game % of time ball out of play Touches per minute

  • 11-a-side 34.62 0.60
  • 7-a-side 14.11 0.769
  • 5-a-side 1.78 2.73
  • Futsal 11.59 2.60
  • Futebol de Salão 5.12 7.95


Source: Academic research provided by the FA and FIFA research departments


Research conducted by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (2001) supports this finding.  In a study comparing Brazilian Soccer Schools’ training practices and those employed by professional academies it found it would take 8 English training sessions to match the aerobic and anaerobic intensity of 1 Brazilian Soccer Schools training session. 


Alongside game play the wider training syllabus of Brazilian Soccer Schools supports the acquisition of skill.  In a typical training session it is estimated, on average a player will touch the ball 30.15 times each minute.  A two-hour training session would equate to 3618 touches.  This is significantly more than the 1000 touches recommended for professional academies each month.


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  1. 1. We want to play beautiful football and enjoy it.
  2. 2. We train all standards of footballer who are real sportsmen – determined and hard-working.
  3. 3. We strongly believe in Brazilian futsal, Futebol de Salão.