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Engaging, honest conversations about the technical & business aspects of soccer (football) and futsal by Alvaro de Almeida, a Brazilian professional futsal and soccer coach and Andrea Benton, a Canadian youth sports professional and a parent of two boys.

Engaging, honest conversations about the technical & business aspects of soccer (football) and futsal by Alvaro de Almeida, a Brazilian professional futsal and soccer coach and Andrea Benton, a Canadian youth sports professional and a parent of two boys.

Location:

Canada

Description:

Engaging, honest conversations about the technical & business aspects of soccer (football) and futsal by Alvaro de Almeida, a Brazilian professional futsal and soccer coach and Andrea Benton, a Canadian youth sports professional and a parent of two boys.

Language:

English


Episodes

Best Practices on Cutting Athletes from Sports Teams

2/21/2021
With Covid continuing around the world, this episode is more timely than ever. There is a need to "let" athletes go the right way that will not dampen their love of sport. In this episode Alvaro and I talked to Lauren Sulz, PhD. She is an Assistant Professor, within the Department of Secondary Education, Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. She co-wrote a paper called Best Practices on Cutting Athletes From School Sports Teams. It was published in 2018 in the Journal of...

Duration:00:53:05

Special Episode: FA Cuts Funding to Futsal and England's Men EUFA Euro Qualifiers 2022

11/5/2020
Due to Covid futsal has been hit particularly hard. The FA made the decision to cut funding to futsal on Sept 24, 2020. They then decided to withdraw the Men's National team from the UEFA Euro Qualifiers on Oct 31, 2020. You can read more here. Both Alvaro and I talk about this recent situation and what it means for futsal. FA Futsal Cuts - https://www.thefa.com/news/2020/sep/24/statement-futsal-240920 Futsal Men's Team Withdraws -...

Duration:00:28:40

How the JustFootball App Keeps Players Motivated and Active

10/23/2020
Are you a player or a coach or a parent looking to work on your football skills? This is our second episode in our three part technology series. In this episode, Alvaro and I interviewed Simon McGeough from the Just Football app. It's a fantastic use of technology that is keeping players motivated and active through gamification. It's, particularly, applicable during Covid. We talked about the history of the app, how it works and what's upcoming for the app. We interviewed Simon back in...

Duration:00:39:40

How TOCA Technology Builds Confidence In Football/Soccer Players With Alex Elliott

10/3/2020
Looking to build confidence in your football/soccer player or team? In this episode, we talked to Alex Elliott, President of TOCA Canada. He talked about the origins of TOCA in Canada, it's new technology, the benefits of TOCA, how technology is neutral so kids/players can just focus on developing a specific skill and what's upcoming with TOCA. This was also a fun episode because Alvaro and Alex have played together on the futsal court so there was some good banter about Alvaro's playing...

Duration:00:28:58

Stars Futsal Club in Maryland: Futsal Club Profile Interview

9/24/2020
This is our first futsal club profile. Both Alvaro and I want to showcase the amazing futsal clubs that are in North America and around the world. We talked to Mike Scarff, the Executive Director of Stars FC in Maryland. He shared his thoughts on his futsal coaching philosophy, his Club's success stories (they are amazing!!), how he sells futsal to soccer players/parents and the state of US futsal. Thank you Mike for being on our podcast! If you live in Maryland, check out Stars FC at...

Duration:00:47:43

How to Become A Sports Entrepreneur with Michael D'Agostino

9/8/2020
This interview is both inspiring and motivational. For both Alvaro and I, it's already one of our top 10 interviews. In this episode with Michael D'Agostino, we talked about his professional playing career, the sports businesses he's involved in, Soccer Canada, futsal and how he made the transition from being a player to a sports entrepreneur. Plus we put him in hot seat and asked him about his future plans.

Duration:00:39:41

Futsal in Canada Part 2: A Conversation with Kris Fernandes from Futsal Canada

8/25/2020
In part 2 of our conversation with Kris Fernandes from Futsal Canada, we talked about their role in futsal development (schools, coaches training), how futsal can propel players to earn a living kicking a ball in the MASL/Europe, the lack of opportunities for women in futsal (but opportunities are coming!) and what's next for Futsal Canada including coaches/referee/players platform and development of futsal for women, in schools and indigenous people across Canada. You can learn more about...

Duration:00:33:48

Futsal in Canada Part 1: A Conversation with Kris Fernandes from Futsal Canada

8/25/2020
In this episode with Kris Fernandes from Futsal Canada, we discussed Ricardinho and his influence around the world, what's happening with futsal in Canada, what impact Covid will have with futsal and how Futsal Canada can help TD's, coaches and players bring futsal to their club. Check out Futsal Canada here - https://futsalcanada.ca/

Duration:00:29:10

Our Introduction Interview: Play Your Game Podcast

8/18/2020
Find out what the Play Your Game podcast is all about with your co-hosts, Alvaro de Almeida and Andrea Benton. We're having engaging, honest conversations about the technical and business aspects of football and futsal. This is our introduction interview where you will learn about us and what our goals are with this podcast. Enjoy!

Duration:00:14:47