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Interview with Joaquin Alonso, National beach soccer coach

1. What is the work methodology in Beach Soccer? What is the work of each one?

Our delegate Raul Sus is responsible for the relationship with the organizers of the event, and then the physical trainer (Augusto) in addition to the physical part helps me with technical, tactical and multimedia part. They have also an important role in the technical staff Doctors Jorge Guillen and Claudio Vazquez, the Physio Helee and the kit man, who in addition to managing the material also collaborates recording in video the train sessions.

2. What are the technical and tactical differences between football and beach soccer?

There are many differences, first and the most important the rules of the game, second the dimensions of the field (36 × 28), and third the type of surface (dry sand with at least 40 cm deep).

For example, on the technical side there is an action of individual technique that consist in to pick up the ball from the ground to link it with a second action that can be a pass, a volley, or a Chilean (the rules protect the execution of Chilean). In football this doesn’t exist.

3. Years ago, beach soccer players were former professional football players, is this still true today?

Nowadays the incorporation of former professional players which in their retreat went to practice beach soccer, is virtually nonexistent (there are always exceptions such as, for example, Toro Acuña playing with Paraguay, or Ronan Le Crom in PSG).

This is because in beach soccer nowadays players are young or experienced, but specific beach soccer players, adapted in both physical and technical-tactical aspects because they practice this discipline for many years. And former football player searches to enjoy in the process of his retirement.

4. Because it is a seasonal competition, how is organized the National Team work?

There are two types of players involved with the National Team. One that is solely dedicated beach soccer, for example the current case of Llorenc, who practices throughout the year. And those who combine beach soccer with football or futsal for preserve physical form and when the beach soccer competitions start again they suit the mode.

5. What specific physical preparation requires beach soccer?

It’s a discipline of intermittent high intensity efforts (explosives), with high anaerobic application. They run 100m per minute and the player is approximately 60% of the time over 90% of HR max.

6. Are there people who want to be beach soccer coaches directly? And where do they study?

The RFEF seeks to educate specific Beach Soccer coaches. This year the last May was the first course in the Catalan Federation. Currently coaches are amateurs, but the idea is to grow in all aspects and, as in other countries where it already exists, consolidate the figure of professional beach soccer coach (Italy, Russia, Brazil …)

7. What has been the evolution of the Beach Soccer in Spain in recent years?

Since the beach soccer began in Spain in 1996 it has evolved from former players to specific professional discipline players. The competitions that are developed from the RFEF are consolidated, being 2015 a year where 4 major competitions were held:

League clubs (final match Victoria Beach in Cádiz).
Federation Cup (Sanxenxo, Galicia).
Territorial Male Championship of Spain in Melilla (12 Senior teams and 6 youth teams)
Female Championship Spain-Almería Pulpí (7 senior teams).

8. What is the best skill that must have a good beach soccer player?

It depends on the player’s position in the field. For example, in this discipline the goalkeeper, which is critical because it intervenes decisively in both attack and defense, needs: an important muscle development in both in the lower body (goalkeeper actions) and upper (starting plays, etc); good development of lactic anaerobic power (efforts of 20 ” to 1 ‘) to string together different technical and tactical actions of target and real game as well as a good coordination of agility and reaction speed (you have to think about the type of surface where it’s played).

In players from other positions is important to find versatile players with significant development of lactic anaerobic capacity (efforts ranging from one minute to two minutes and a half), good development of muscle mass in the lower body, seeking efficiency, ie powerful player but lightweight, and with a great resilience by intermittent high intensity efforts. And then have a great balance in all technical and tactical actions.

9. What are the most important tactical concepts of beach soccer?

The player has to mainly dominate the defensive tactical principles (marking, defensive fall-back, cover, permanet help, interception, tackles (all free kick are direct and without barrier) and pressing); and offensive (uncheck attacks, counterattacks, open spaces, combinatios, game control and changes in direction).

The hardest thing to develop in the tactical side is the organized attack. We work first analytical without oposition, progressing with semi-opposition and ending with the transfer to the real game.

10- How the calls to the National Team are made, and how teams, tournaments etc are studied?

An attempt is made directly and indirectly controling all players who are likely to be selected, mainly watching the tournaments involved. We supervise the work they do with their clubs, their development and their level of play. And the calls are usually formed with a base of already established players and other generally young, less experienced but who are specialists in beach soccer.


11.- Next beach soccer tournaments .

The Beach Soccer season usually starts between January-February in South America and you need have invitation for take part in this tournaments. In March will happen a tournament in Dominican Republic (Puerto de la Plata Cup). The main part of this one in which our players take part will be played between May and October.  From 24th September to 2th October will be an important date, European Qualifier for The world Cup FIFA Beach Soccer that will be holding in the Bahamas.

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