Skills Badge Scheme

I was immediately taken by the game as I could see the benefits that it can bring to a player's game. I have never seen anything like it in terms of the rate of progression of young player's and I think it will play a pivotal role in the future success of our national and club sides.

I believe that the game and our training programme are the best start that a child can make in sport and that this scheme offers the very best practice in terms of coaching. I hope that the LEGO Futebol de Salão Skills Badge is fully embraced by schools everywhere as in time I am confident that it will lead to the development of players who can play the game in a way that previously people would have only associated with the Brazilians. From the very start my aim was to combine the best of Brazil with our own strengths and I believe we are now doing this. I look forward to the day when players who have successfully achieved level 5 are playing in our national teams at the very highest levels of the game.

As a former school teacher myself I know the tremendous job that teachers do in helping children to maximise their potential. I hope that this scheme can assist teachers to teach new skills to their pupils in a fun and inclusive manner and that teachers themselves will also benefit from being involved in the scheme.

I will be forever grateful to Juninho and his father for the tremendous help that they gave to me when I first discovered the game Futebol de Salão. Juninho explained to me about the history of Futebol de Salão and how players like Pele, Rivelino, Zico, Ronaldo and Rivaldo had been brought up playing first Futebol de Salão before later switching to conventional football.

 Simon Clifford

The Brazilian Soccer Schools training programme works hand in hand with the ICFDS Skills Badge scheme. The Futebol de Salão Skills Badge will lead to the development of players who can play the game in a way that previously people would have only associated with the great Brazilians of the past. From the very start, the central aim of BSS was to combine the best of Brazil with traditional British strengths. We all look forward to the day when players who have successfully achieved level 5 are playing in our national teams at the very highest levels of the world game.

Our Scheme

  • Developing the game of Futebol de Salão at all levels.
  • Developing a coaching structure of the highest quality and continually working to maintain this standard.
  • Helping those involved in the education of children to offer the best possible opportunities to their pupils.
  • Working in partnership with others to improve the quality of our coaching and our coaches.
  • Putting the safety of children as our highest priority.
  • Playing an integral role in improving the coaching and the product of our coaching in Futebol de Salão in particular, and association football in general.
  • Play Futebol de Salão, play beautiful football.
  • Recognises that ours is a multi-racial society and that minority communities have specific needs and aspirations.
  • Acknowledges that disadvantage and discrimination are still present in sport and are big factors, which influence the nature and extent of involvement in sport by minority communities and individuals.
  • Acknowledges that eliminating discrimination and disadvantage from sport is an on-going task and is committed to working towards the elimination of both.
  • Will take positive action to meet the sporting needs and aspirations of minority groups and will also encourage others in pursuit of these objectives.
  • To work towards and achieve the elimination of disadvantage and discrimination of all kinds in order to achieve a better, stronger and more diverse sporting world.
  • First Step

    First Step & Kick Start Awards

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    There is no doubt that even Level 1 of the ICFDS Skills Badge Scheme is difficult to achieve. For our younger players we have introduced two starter levels which will aid the development of basic ball manipulation and passing skills and then help them to progress on to mastering simple ball-juggling techniques. Children achieving both these awards can apply for a certificate and a special presentation case, containing the ICFDS 'First Step' and 'Kick Start' Badges, to mark their achievement.

  • Level 1

    Level 1 - Green Award

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    The first award in the Skills badge scheme is the take-off point for all children and provides a good framework from which to develop all the skills needed for the awards scheme. Children will become proficient at 'Core Dribbling Skills', 'Two-footed Juggling' and 'Accurate Passing'. Many hours of practice are required to pass the Level 1 stage. With dedication and training, Level 1 will provide children with the foundations for footballing excellence. Children achieving this award can apply for a certificate and a special presentation case, containing the Skills Badge Award and 7 modular coins, to mark their achievement.

  • Level 2

    Level 2 - Blue Award

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    The second level of the scheme challenges players to improve their ball control and foot speed to a standard higher than that of a young Professional Academy player. Children now have to carry out the core skills with a greater degree of accomplishment and must also have mastered more of the skills from the 'Moves 2 Beat Players' and 'Changes of Direction / Turns' syllabus. Children achieving this award can apply for a certificate and a special presentation case, containing the Skills Badge Award and 7 modular coins, to mark their achievement.

  • Level 3

    Level 3 - Bronze Award

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    The Bronze award recognises children who have achieved a good level of technical skill and ball control. Young players at this level will be amongst the best for their age in their region or city. Hundreds of hours of practice will have been spent with the ball, in order to achieve this award. Youngsters who reach Level 3 will now be really starting to express their creativity and technique during matches, making them dangerous attacking players. Children achieving this award can apply for a certificate and a special presentation case, containing the Skills Badge Award and 7 modular coins, to mark their achievement.

  • Level 4

    Level 4 - Silver Award

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    Children who have achieved this award will be recognised as players who have worked hard to improve their skills and now posses an very high level of technical ability. A child who has achieved Level 4 will be more technically advanced than the vast majority of young British players. The level 4 silver award is an excellent achievement for any young footballer. Children achieving this award can apply for a certificate and a special presentation case, containing the Skills Badge Award and 7 modular coins, to mark their achievement.

  • Level 5

    Level 5 - Gold Award

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    This represents the pinnacle of technical excellence and any young player who achieves this award will have given themselves the best possible chance of developing a career in football at the highest level. Without doubt, this is an extremely hard award to achieve and it will have taken thousands of hours of practice to reach this elite level. A Level 5 player will truly be one of the Worlds most skilful young players. Children achieving this award can apply for a certificate and a special presentation case, containing the Skills Badge Award and 7 modular coins, to mark their achievement.