Friday 20 March 2015

What is Pro Skills Panna?

Pro Skills Panna is the Street Soccer and Futsal arm of Pro Skills Coaching. After successful events and coach education courses with the International Street Soccer Association Street Soccer has become a big factor in the way we coach in our centres and classes. 

What is Street Soccer? 

Street Soccer is not something new it as been around ever since the birth of the game. But modern Street Soccer evolved on the local basketball courts of Amsterdam. With no where else to play, players would take to the local basketball courts to play in a relaxed environment, free from the structure and instructions of formal coaching. 

When the players were kicked off the courts by basketballers they would fine a small area in which they could play 1v1 against opponents and play a game of Panna (Nutmegs.) The ultimate way to embarrass opponents using skills to force a player to try and take the ball and then Panna them once they opened their legs to try and make a tackle. These games would see a boom in highly creative movements being preformed. These 1v1 games would later become a Tournament sponsored by Nike called Panna KO. 

Street Soccer Coaching

Street Soccer coaching aims to provide this kind of creative environment and facilitate a safe area for children to play and develop in. The pressures and rigours of formal coaching are highly relaxed. Players take part in a formal skill development section but are then encouraged to go on and adapt the moves they learn. 

From there they take part in several games often in a 3v3 format maximising their chances to have time on the ball. They will also take part in problem games that allow them to learn the game through solving problems on their own. Coaches will ask questions and explain the games at the end but it is ultimately up to the players to solve the problems and often build the problems themselves. 

Players also take part in 1v1 sections playing games such as Panna, these games help build a players confidence on the ball both and without it. They teach attacking and defending skills in the best way possible for players, by allowing them to learn through play. 

For more on Street Soccer events and the history of Street Soccer please look further down the page or email or

Book Pro Skills Panna Street Soccer Events

We are now open to bookings for junior clubs for Street Soccer events. Events are usually 4/5 hours from £15/20 per player and we welcome the chance to do wrap around events for fund raising and extras for clubs or groups whilst we are there.

What is Futsal?

Futsal is a variant of association football that is played on a smaller pitch and mainly played indooes. Its name is derived from the Portuguese Futbol De Salao and the Spanish Futbal De Sallon, which can be translated as "hall football" or "indoor football". During the sports second world championships held in Madrid in 1985, the name Futbol Sala was used. Since then, all other names have been officially and internationally changed to Futsal. 

Futsal is played between two teams each with five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with reduced bounce compared with a regular football. The rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. 

Futsal is played within schools in Spain and Portugal. Holland also have a large Street Soccer approach to young player learning to benefit the overall game. 

We highly recommend both Futsal and Street Soccer to be instilled in a childs programme.   

Past Events and History of Street Soccer with Pioneer Edward Van Gils