Top 5: Street Football tactics

How do you come up tops in a street football game? Daniel "D10" Cappellaro, renowned street footballer, professional futsal player and unlockable video game character, tells you how.

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Daniel Cappellaro is a street footballer, professional footballer and coach specialising in technical skills, 1v1 moves and football tricks. He currently plays for Middlesbrough Futsal Club in the FA National Futsal League in England. He has previously represented Cambio Cumbre Futsal Club in the SFL, the AFA Australian Men's team, Western Australia at the FFA Nationals, the State Futsal League 'SFL 5' at the FAFL Cup and Fremantle Muita Calma at various national and state tournaments.
The sport of Street Football gave Cappellaro a platform to hone his skills and ready himself for Futsal. It has taken him around the world with trips to play in Holland, Argentina, Spain, the USA and most recently England. Gaining this experience has proven invaluable, as his skills and technical ability were noticed by renowned gaming franchise EA Sports. This led to an in-game likeness of Cappellaro, known as "D10" being created as an unlockable character in the popular video game FIFA STREET.

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1. Stay Isolated (Find space)

It's important to continually try and find space for yourself. Being isolated, even for a moment, can allow you two or three vital seconds to receive the ball, face your opponent and then you're already on the front foot, moving towards your opponent in a One vs One situation. In Street Football there is very little space to start with, so any space that you can make for yourself will create a passing option for your team mates and give you the time you need to use those skills and moves that you've been working hard at mastering.

2. Movement (Rotations)

A good and organised team can always overcome a team full of excellent individuals who are not as organised. It's important to stay on the move, rarely standing still. This will make you very hard to mark and will help with becoming 'isolated' and finding that space for yourself. If you and your team have very good understanding, you may know where to move next, in order to receive the ball as you know where your team mate is going to play it just as your teammates will know where to move and receive your next passes. This kind of movement is referred to as a 'rotation', and can be referred to as movement — the movement of the team. You will know where your next pass can go if you're under intense defensive pressure. This is when a rotation or movement will be most effective, when your team is being pressed by the opposition.

3. Talk (Communicate)

In order to have a good understanding of your teammates, it's important to talk to them during the game. Giving them information specific to the match and what is happening around them is key. This will help with the movement and rotation. It is great to have the tactics in order to play out of pressure situations, but at the same time players need to be aware of the moment when to attack, when to apply something different, outside of the structure. Often this 'something different' will be a runner that is not tracked, and if he calls for the ball you can play him through! Communication will also help immensely in defense. Good communication can often become another set of eyes in the back of your head.

4. Play Fast (Awareness)

It's important to be able to play fast, knowing when to take a player One v One and when you should play a quick pass, or a quick one-two and get the ball back. If you have a rotation, this will help you with these moments. Along with good communication as your team mates will tell you where you can turn out, if you have an opponent applying close pressure to you upon receiving the ball and where you can play your next pass without having to look. However, players can't always rely on the rotation, or the communication from their teammates — you may not hear them and then it all breaks down. One of the easiest things a player can do for himself, is "scan" and have a quick look around. Scanning allows you to build a quick mental picture of what is around you and will allow you to judge how much time you have on the ball, if you're being pressured and it will also show you empty spaces on the pitch in order to 'isolate' yourself.

5. Composure (Control your emotions)

When playing street football or futsal, emotions can often run high and matches can become very competitive. It's important to remain calm and stay cool under the pressure. Focus on what your team or what you as an individual aim to achieve within the match, this will help you to reassess the situation and not get caught up in the hype of the moment. Composure is important for your game, if you can't stay composed it will become harder to play at your full potential, decision making can become rushed and your focus can get lost. Composure is also important for your team, if your teammates see you calm in an intense situation, it will help them to remain calm.

So remember to stay isolated and look for that free space where you will be able to make time for your skills. If you can't find that free space, move! Keep on the move, it will make you harder to mark and the free spaces will begin to appear. Talk to your teammates, you will develop a greater understanding for their game. If you can't hear your teammates talking to you "scan" and make sure you build a quick mental picture of what is around you. Finally, stay composed and you be able to to play with a much clearer mind.

Want to see some of Asia's best Street Footballers competing for the Tiger Street Football 2014 crown? The TSF 14 Grand Final will be held in Singapore tomorrow (6 September) under the watchful eye of none other than former Barcelona, Chelsea and Porto playmaker Deco, together with his friends Vitor Baia, Paulo Ferreira, Maniche and Nuno Gomes!