JULY 9, 2018
Ever wonder what the differences are between soccer and futsal goalkeepers?
A Conversation with Former Pro GK Otto Orf
Advice from former US National Futsal Team Goalkeeper on how to become a great futsal GK.
The popularity of the beautiful game of soccer is reaching new heights in the USA and the need to develop world-class soccer players has never been greater. Playing the fast-paced game of futsal is one of the greatest ways to develop better skills and has been the secret weapon of many of the world’s greatest players. Finally being recognized as an amazing way for elite players to improve their performance, playing futsal provides phenomenal opportunities for development.
Being a great goalkeeper requires so much more than a strong “athletic stance” and this often unsung hero of the game can be considered the most pivotal player on the team — after all, he or she is the last line of defense. The skills required to succeed on the futsal court are different than on the soccer pitch, particularly for goalkeepers.
What makes a great futsal goalkeeper and how easy is it to translate skills from the outdoor game to the indoor court? We asked Otto Orf, the former U.S. Men’s National Futsal Team goalkeeper who has coached for nearly three decades to share his experience with us. Orf, who is the US Youth Futsal Director of Goalkeeping, just returned from working the top youth futsal players in the USA at the 2018 U.S. Youth Futsal National ID Trials in Kansas City.