12 Jul 2017
Women’s beach soccer has evolved greatly
by Joaquín Alonso, Spain's National Coach and FIFA Instructor
Joaquín Alonso is Spain National Coach and FIFA Instructor
The evolution in women’s beach soccer is undeniable, and this is great news for the sport. We see it growing, it is way more inclusive, the national football associations understand its potential, and are seeing a bigger involvement day after day, which shows on the sand.
You can easily see the extra work in all the players, both individually and as a team. Obviously, there is still a way to go in terms of tactical discipline, but we have seen a great improvement in the technical perspective in the last year. The players have improved a lot in how they hit the ball, how they control the ball. You see a lot of talent in the girls, and it is only a matter of time before we see them playing at a maximum beach soccer level.
As I mentioned, it is not an individual thing alone. Teams are better organised, better positioned on the pitch, with a better understanding of the game.
But it is not only how they perform the different actions, but also the way they find their place within the match. They show a much more mature behaviour on the sand. They know how to manage certain situations, certain moments in the game, how to keep the ball and hide it, etc. And this only comes from playing more and more matches, competing. This is why events like the Euro Winners Cup or the Women’s Euro Beach Soccer Cup are just great for the future of Women’s beach soccer.
One of the best things about coaching women’s sides is that these athletes are eager to learn, they are always willing to listen to what you teach them, and this attitude is absolutely priceless to foster their growth.
The route map to maintaining the growth of women’s beach soccer appears clear to me: the next step is to consolidate all those little improvements, all that growth. The main efforts are being made in the senior categories, and it is the moment to start targeting the youth categories and the grassroots as well.
Very young and talented players are popping up, and we need to pay attention to that, support them and help them grow to reach the higher levels in the sport. We need to also make all those football players see the potential within beach soccer, and let them understand that beach soccer can really help them in their evolution.
Women’s beach soccer is growing, and this is something that cannot stop. We need to work thoroughly to improve what is coming.