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No matches, no contacts: the funny survival of five-a-side football rooms

2021-04-20T12:21:09.990Z

Like the amateur world, indoor football complexes suffer heavily from the restrictions linked to Covid-19. Report in a center



We have to be positive on this sunny morning.

Henri scrutinizes the sixty kids frolicking on the lawns of Urban Soccer in Asnières and Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine).

Certainly, the Covid-19 prevents them from ending the session with a well-deserved opposition.

“They want freedom, that's normal.

But ultimately, it allows us to work with them on different things, underlines the educator under his dark blue mask.

We insist on the passing game, on movement without the ball, on the quality of strikes… ”.

So be positive, because after all, the Easter holidays offer a little air to this structure of five-a-side football.

Deprived of activity or almost for a year, except for a short respite this summer, this center takes advantage of its outdoor synthetic pitches to host boys and a few girls aged five to thirteen.

An opportunity that other sites in the chain do not have, trapped indoors.

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It took cunning to make up for the lack of contacts and duels.

Henri, referent to the PSG Academy, describes the parade that he and his troop have concocted.

Their concept?

A sort of human “table football”.

Each team is divided into three distinct lines.

Everyone must respect their space.

The goal ?

That the players find the right interval to pass an opponent's line, then two, before giving themselves the opportunity to strike on goal.

A bit frustrating, but the assurance of avoiding any reconciliation.

"Games in the playground at school but not here"

“At first, they didn't understand. They were allowed to play games in the playground at school but not here, smiles Camille Angel, the manager of the complex. But in the end, they have fun anyway. They are ten times better here than at home. And the parents are relieved too. Many booked internships at the last minute because vacation dates changed or they couldn't go on vacation as planned ”. From a health point of view, children should disinfect their hands every time they step out of the green rectangle and bring their own bottle of water.

Ten-year-old Léopold normally does indoor roller hockey.

“I signed up with friends from school.

It feels good to work out, ”he confides, visibly delighted to play goalkeeper with his cap screwed to his head.

Balthazar, 9, is used to coming to participate in his internship weeks, the price of which is around 300 euros, including equipment.

"It's true that not finishing in a match is a bit annoying but we adapt," ends up blowing this licensee at the Olympique de Neuilly.

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Not surprisingly, it is proving more difficult to convince adult customers. The company, with growing success for several years, tries to save the furniture by offering since the end of February a session of one hour and a half. On the program: passing, dribbling and striking competitions, small conservation games, all interspersed with cardio or fitness exercises ... "We try to keep the most faithful with these sessions but that's not what is going on. fill the gap in the budget, ”admits Camille Angel.

Source: leparis

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