With the opening of the workshop nearly one week prior to the tournament, the start for futsal in Germany was made. The goal of this practice, which had been organised by the German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV), was to teach first knowledge and fundamentals of the sport to German players. That was not an easy task. In contrast to the players of the other teams, the German hadn’t any idea of futsal yet. For performing this workshop, the British embassy functioned as a god father. Embassador Sir Peter Torry opened the workshop personally. It is also to his credit that the experienced coaches of the British national team, John Ball, Tony Larkin and Phillip Dean, could be convinced to accept the leading role of this workshop. Both of them have also developed a special training program for futsal.
During the workshop, the German participants trained: Rules for communication on the pitch, detecting targets, controlled passing between team-mates, moving with the ball, orientation on the pitch, communication with guides – sighted persons, who assist the players in orientation – atac and defense and the build-up of formations. For the first tryes of play, the players of the British national team had agreed to funktion as partners. Quote of Rainer Delgado, DBSV social referent, “On Wednesday afternoon, I stood beside the pitch. At the workshop, the first complete formations of play were practiced: The rhombe, made up of four players, which is small and close to the goal in defense, but extends when having the ball to atac the oponent’s goal. Then two teams were formed, who had to try this against each other. I thought, the first futsal game in Germany is starting right now.”The commited work of the coaches resulted in amazing developments of the skills among the 20 men and 10 women, who had come from all over Germany.
John Ball also achieved a special intusiasm for football in general. The intense experiences on the pitch and aside led to close and friendly contacts between the German and British players, which will have a positive impact on German futsal long after this week.