The 2017 World Futsal Championships have officially opened!

2017 World Futsal ChampionshipsThe World Futsal Championships kicked off this Monday at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. The highly-anticipated event included over 60 teams who were present at the opening ceremony.

“We had a crowded court, a lot of smiles” said Rob Andrews, president of USA Futsal. “Seeing how many of the teams here have traveled from across the world for a chance to competereminds us of how important our work here is."

The opening ceremony kicked off with the parading of the teams and included skill challenges for players and coaches. Mickey and Minnie Mouse made a star appearance and took pictures with some of the fans.

The crowd included teams from Brazil, Australia and Bermuda, among others. The first round of matches will kick off August 1st and will follow with over 70 games.

To see the match schedule, and cheer on your team click here.


Play and learn; Futsal Coaching Clinic to take place during World Futsal Championships

The World Futsal Championships, one of the most well-known youth tournaments in the world, will kick off July 31st and this year,  the opportunity to develop skills won’t be limited to just the kids.

Tournament organizers have announced that there will be a Futsal Clinic for coaches and players of all ages which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The coaches leading the clinic are two Brazilian experts well-known by futsal fans: Zego and Rodrigo Nunes.

Zego, a former player,  was responsible during his coaching career for developing stars such as Ricardinho, the Portuguese winger named Best Player in the World. Now Director of Coaching at Cadence Futsal Club, Zego created the 4-0 attacking system and was champion in Europe and South America, and brings 40 years of experience to the clinic.

Rodrigo Nunes, futsal coach and coordinator at Flamengo,  was also a Brazilian champion in the under 15s, under 17s and under 20s categories.

Those interested in participating in the clinic can click here to register.

 

 

 


Brazilian futsal legend helps Cadence with a big project in Illinois

Cadence Futsal Center will make its debut at the World Futsal Championships July 31st at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. The Illinois team's coaching director is well-known in the world of futsal, his name is Zego. The former Brazilian player has developed, a lot of great players such as Portugal’s Ricardinho, who currently holds the title of Best Player in the World.

“Zego, responsible for creating the popular 4-0 formation, was working in Vietnam with the youth categories and we’ve invited him to a camp here", said Guilherme Nunes, general manager of the club. "He came and after seeing our project, never went back. The word of our club is a legacy, that we will give to this state for decades.”

Cadence, a logistics company, recently changed its name to Joilet. The company's owner loves futsal and football and it was his love of the sport that led to the creation of the club. They were formed in January and now have categories at under 8s, under 10s, under 14s, under 16s and under 18s.

At Disney they will play in the under 10s, under 14s and under 16s categories.

“It will be our first tournament, and we are very excited about that. We are planning other regional and national championships, and it’s possible that we will travel to Spain or Brazil as well", continued Nunes. "We are in the beginning of the project but tournaments are essential since they helps the development of the children, inside the court and also psychologically.”


The best of Australia will compete for a place in the World Futsal Championships

In a few weeks, one of the most important youth tournaments of the futsal season will kick off at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney. It is the World Futsal Championships, which will attract some of the best talents from across the entire planet.

From Australia, there will be three teams fighting for a title; Freelance Futsal International, Galaxy Futsal Club and Bayside Pirates (we covered their history recently here).

As in the United States, futsal is growing rapidly in Australia and they are already thinking about the World Futsal Championships 2018. In January they will have the Craig Foster International Tournament and the winner will be invited to come to the USA.

The “Craig Foster Cup” is Queensland’s most prestigious futsal event. The tournament has been running for eight years, and is the pinnacle sporting event for futsal in Queensland, attracting teams from all over Australia.

FFSA’s Head of Game Development, John Mundy, gave his insight into how futsal is positively developing football in the country.

“What we are seeing with futsal in our state is the rise of a sport that not only engages young players, but also develops the technical, tactical, physical and psychological side of the game,” said John, remembering that some soccer players of the Australia National Team, like Tim Cahill and Tom Rogic, played futsal when they were younger, as did stars like Messi, Ronaldinho and Neymar.