One of the debutants at the 2017 World Futsal Championships will be Alianza Futsal, from New York. However, the club has a long history. The club has been in existence since 2005 and is an example of a love for futsal passed from one generation to the next.
Sheila and Paulo Vieira founded Alianza after they saw many people had come from other countries who were accustomed to playing futsal but had nowhere to play on weekends. With the oversight of Paulo, the team won 32 championships around the New York area. For a while there was a female team as well but due to financial reasons they were only able to finance one squad.
The new generation of Alianza arrived when 8 year old Joel, the son of Sheila and Paulo, asked his parents if he could create his own team in the winter and where his father would act as coach. His parents agreed and so another triumphant story was created.
Their successes include winning the Futbolito MLS 4v4, NYCFC Cup 5v5, Theosmos Cup 5v5, the Univision Cup 5v5, the National Championship of the USA Futsal Federation in California, the Iinterleague 5v5 of New York and were semifinalist in the World Futsal Cup V.
"These boys have known each other since they were very young and now have such a connection that everywhere you see them you can feel they love for futsal and you can see the happiness in their faces,” said Sheila.
Now, the challenge is the upcoming World Futsal Championships at Disney. The tournament will be played from 31st July to 3rd August, in ESPN Wide World of Sports, at Disney. Alianza, which will compete in category cadete (2001/2002), is very excited to be competing in this prestigious championship with the possibilities on and out the court.
“We also participated in the World Futsal Cup V (another USA Futsal Tournament held in Spain) and it was the most amazing experience. Our kids faced FC Barcelona in the first match and learned a lot when they got to face players from Japan, Brazil and Spain, about their cultures and their different ways of playing futsal. We are very excited with the World Futsal Championships at Disney and we are happy to be able to go to a such high level of competition in United States for the first time and in a magical place,” concluded the founder of the club.
After the worst campaign in their history at the 2016 World Cup, Brazil began a process of reconstruction with a huge departure. Falcão, the best player in futsal history, retired from the national team.
Former Head Coach PC de Oliveira returned and gave young talented players their chance with the famous yellow shirt. The beginning couldn’t have gone any better. Last Wednesday, Brazil beat current world champions Argentina in their rival’s home and lifted the Copa America for the tenth time.
After a solid performance in the group phase, with three victories and 0-0 draw against eventual runners-up Argentina, the Brazilian national team beat Paraguay 5-2 in the semifinal to reach the final.
They produced a fantastic final against the hosts. Argentina started the game on top and scored two times through Rescia and Borruto. With Leandro Lino taking the role of fly goalkeeper, Brazil went all out attack and equalized in the final minutes with Felipe Valério and Lino. In the extra time, two great counter attacks finished by Marcel and Arthur gave the title to Brazil.
Marcel, Leandro Lino, Arthur, Rafa and Rocha, among others, are the promising talents of another great squad for the most successful nation of all time. Together with them, some experienced players, such as goalkeeper Tiago and Deives, voted the best player in the last Brazilian league and one of the 10 finalists for the best player in the world award. After the storm of last year, the clouds have cleared and a rainbow is shining over Brazilian futsal.
It’s not only boys that will show their skills and compete in the World Futsal Championships. The girls are ready to impress at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and one team from New York sees this tournament, which will take place between July 31st and August 3rd, as a great personal development experience.
Chica’s Girls, from Queens – NYC, is a non-profit organization founded in January for girls who aren’t fortunate to play for the big academies.
“Me and my husband asked ourselves: how can we help these young ladies achieve their dreams of making it to an academy and hopefully a great college?, Sports and women aren't as common as they should be. Our community does not offer soccer and futsal for girls within the ages 13 to 17, most teams are very far and others aren't affordable”, explained Leslie Calderon, founder of the club.
At Disney they will play in the Cadete category with a squad who plays together or against each other since the age of 8 and, as the founder revealed, is like a family.
“We want Chica’s Girls to be recognized for their talent and their values. As I mentioned earlier opportunities like these aren't offered to girls in our community and we want to not only expose ourselves, but also to let everyone including young girls know that anyone can make it if you put your minds to it, as long as there’s commitment and dedication. I really like this event as it is extremely organized and gives the girls the opportunity to meet and play against teams across the country,” said Leslie.
Currently Leslie and her husband fund all the club financial needs. They are searching for some fundraisers to help pay for tournament fees, uniforms and equipment, and also start a Go Fund Me campaign to help with their travel to Orlando. Here is the link if you want to donate
Over the course of two days, students aged 8 to 18 will be lacing up their futsal shoes in the Skyline High School gym for the 2nd Annual Dallas ISD Futsal Tournament powered by USA Futsal. This tournament brings together non-interscholastic futsal players, both boys and girls, representing 12 schools in each of the Elementary, Middle and High School age divisions, in competition on May 19-20th, 2017.
Futsal is FIFA’s official version of small-sided soccer. Many of the world’s greatest athletes, including Pelé, Ronaldinho, Messi, and even Kobe Bryant got their start playing the small-sided game.
Dallas ISD is proud to have partnered with both USA Futsal, organizers of the World Futsal Championships, and with City Futsal, the local leader in the sport. The tournament offers Dallas ISD students from all backgrounds an opportunity to interact with each other and promote health and fitness while learning and playing a sport practiced by over 30 million players worldwide.
“The event is the first of its kind in the US. It was first rolled out last spring with Dallas ISD as a way to promote the adoption of futsal into schools and was so successful that it sparked other school districts and cities to consider implementing the program as well,” said Rob Andrews, President of USA Futsal. “I couldn’t be more appreciative of Dallas ISD for making the investment of time, money and resources into futsal, nor more proud of what we accomplished together in year one.”
New to this year’s Dallas ISD tournament is the Interactive Futsal Village, which will have spaces designed for cultural education, in addition to activities to keep the athletes engaged in learning about the sport when they aren’t playing on the court. Some attractions of the Interactive Futsal Village will include an “Around the Futsal World” exhibit, mini-games and team challenges, and guest appearances from futsal players and other local celebrities.
The event business manager of City Futsal, Federico Mariel said, "City Futsal, a Dallas based organization that specializes in futsal, is excited to be a part of an event like this where we can provide our expertise on how the sport can be effectively incorporated into a physical education curriculum where all students are able to participate and benefit, and at the same time offer a path for those who want to continue playing the sport, through our year-round futsal training and competition programs in the Dallas area.”
For the first time ever, the winners of this year’s tournament will receive a special prize - the opportunity to compete at the 2017 World Futsal Championship, which features futsal teams from countries throughout the world. The winning Dallas ISD teams in the Elementary and Middle school divisions will be granted entry into the tournament, which takes place July 31-August 3, 2017 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Lance Johanson, in his second year representing Dallas ISD at the event, is pleased with the growth of the tournament and with this year’s special prize. “In offering these kids, many of whom have never been outside of the metroplex before, the opportunity to use futsal as a means to experience the ‘most magical place on earth,’ we hope to show them that by committing themselves to something meaningful, there is no limit to what they can achieve as students, as athletes, and as human beings.”
AS Truitier, a club in the community of Carrefour, in Haiti, is a well estabilshed soccer organisation. They have seven youth categories and have played tournaments in Belgium, France and Mexico. This year they want to improve in futsal and due to this they will compete in the World Futsal Championships at Disney from 31 July to August 3rd.
“This year we had a futsal selection team and we looked for a tournament of great caliber, like the World Futsal Championships, to participate with our young people in order to establish futsal in the football school”, said Aneas Jean Romel, general secretary of the club.
At the moment, AST has 30 futsal players and three coaches. At Disney, they will play in the Cadete category.
In the national championship they lost 3-2 in the final against Team Schelcy. "Futsal helps so much with development in my community. My soccer school is working to prove that futsal is necessary part of the future sport in the country”, finished Aneas.
World Futsal Championship applications are still open and you can apply at http://usafutsal.com/world-futsal-championships/
The World Futsal Cup is an elite youth futsal championship held every year in Spain that captures the attention of the worldwide futsal community. It is an opportunity for individuals and clubs to make a name for themselves and demonstrate showcase their ability. We look back on some of the top performers from last year and ask who will be the stars at the next edition.
Over the last few years teams from the United Kingdom were increasingly becoming competitive but it was at the last edition where they finally had a champion. It happened in the Alevin category where Ole Futsal Academy from London defeated FC Barcelona on penalties in a pulsating final. They also finished as runners-up in the Benjamin division.
The other clubs to claim their first title in the championships last year all hailed from Brazil. Santos F.C. showed talent beyond their young age in Benjamin, Rio Futsal Academy impressed to take the Infantil title and Corinthians got redemption from losing the final last time to lift the trophy in the showcase Juvenil section.
Another club that impressed without reaching the final with any of their 3 teams was Bardral/RAD from Japan. However, with talent scouts keeping a close eye on proceedings, one of their players very much made a name for himself. Shutaro Nakashima scored 4 goals in the championships and shortly after signed for former Brazilian champions Intelli where legend Falcao previously plied his trade.
With preparations underway for Edition VI that will take place at the end of 2017, the focus has turned to who will make a name for themselves this time. Could City Futsal from Dallas, USA take a step forward and convert their two 3rd place finishes last year in Cadete and Juvenil into something greater? The same for Manchester Futsal who finished 3rd on their debut in the Infantil category. Could their be a new debutant that surprises everyone? Will we see the return to domination for the mighty FC Barcelona? They are by far the most successful club in the history of the competition but took only one winners trophy last year.
Time will tell. If you want to have the opportunity to compete and put yourself in the spotlight then there are few remaining places still available but they will not be there for long. Apply now at USAFutsal.com/WorldFutsalCup.
The World Futsal Championships will feature teams which have experience in the competition and others that will play for the first time. One of the debutants is Futsal Factory, a club from Louisville that will dispute the Infantil category with a team that started playing together five years ago.
In 2012 futsal was used once a week to help the players from Ohio Elite Soccer Academy. After that, Charles Traughber, the person responsible of the team started the Futsal Factory to train players from clubs all over the state of Kentucky during the winter. Since that time, Futsal Factory has developed into an independent futsal club that compete in a local league and regional tournaments.
This winter they worked with over 300 players in the Louisville area helping them develop technical skills through the game of futsal. “We want to offer as many players as possible the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of futsal and use the technical development you find in futsal to help make them be better overall soccer players. I think within the next five years we will see futsal in our area as a separate entity where players can pursue national team and professional opportunities” said Charle Traughber.
The whole club is now very excited with the possibility of playing in the World Futsal Championship, which will be played from July 31st to August 3rd at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex within Disney in Orlando.
“We think that the kids will have a great experience and everyone will learn a lot more about the game. Our only expectations are that we play hard, compete, learn more about the game and anything else that happens from there is a bonus” commented Traughber.
Last Sunday was a special a day for the futsal. Arguably the best player of all time played his last game for the Brazilian national team. Alessandro Rosa Vieira, or Falcão, as he is better known, scored a farewell goal in the 3-2 victory against Colombia.
In almost 20 years with the famous yellow jersey, Falcão won an incredible 20 titles and scored 385 goals, which makes him the top goalscorer of all national teams in governed by FIFA.
The numbers and the titles are very important, of course, but he is regarded as a genius due to the spectacular plays that he performed inside the court, game after game. Dribbles, goals, assists and other plays that no-one could imitate even if many tried. This video shows a glimpse of what he did in his career.
Outside the court, Falcão helped with futsal development all over the world. This included the USA. He has attended the World Futsal Championships, played every August at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, for the last two years.
Falcão's time with the Brazilian jersey is over. However, his plays and his legacy will live on forever.
This Wednesday marked the World Futsal Cup VI kick-off with clubs now able to apply for a place at the premier youth futsal tournament in the world. The event will take place between 27th-30th December 2017 in Blanes, Spain.
There are five age categories with a limit of eight teams per division. The age bands are Benjamin (players born 2008 or after), Alevin (2006/2007), Infantil (2004/2005), Cadete (2002/2003) and Juvenil (1999/2000/2001). The most successful club in the championship's history with an incredible 11 titles, FC Barcelona, has already confirmed their presence at the tournament.
In previous years some of the biggest sporting institutions worldwide have participated including Benfica, Santos and Corinthians. With the talent on show influential personalities from the sport such as agents, coaches and players attend the tournament to identify future stars. In addition to the competition, other activities such as a coaching seminar with leading experts are organized for the participants.
The seaside resort Blanes, Costa Brava, situated near Barcelona hosts the event. Both these locations are hugely popular destinations offering picturesque beaches, historic cultural attractions and a good all year round climate that cater perfectly for both the sports fan as well as the tourist. Games are played at Blanes Sport City, a facility with 6 international courts and ample seating.
Demand for the limited spots is high and we invite interested clubs to apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this opportunity. You can do this now here: www.usafutsal.com/WorldFutsalCup
The futsal section of FC Barcelona was celebrating on Sunday. Their infantil side beat fierce rivals Catgas Energia Santa Coloma by 4-1 to claim the Minicopa, making it 5 out of 5 for the Blaugrana since the inaugural edition in 2013. The Mini-Copa is part of the prestigious Spanish Cup with the country’s best professional teams represented at both senior and youth level.
The team, which is a combination of players of 13 and 14 years of age, achieved their second trophy of the season after claiming the World Futsal Cup in December. This latest victory is a repeat of their remarkable performance at the latter where against a host of international teams they scored 42 goals and conceded only 4.
“Each of our age categories covers a 2-year band and each team has 12-14 players with half first years and the rest second years. We are conscious of the age difference in each category and due to this the technical and tactical aims go from less to more difficult, from the individual to the team.” commented the Youth Director Jordi Torras. “The change of generation in infantil meant we had a difficult start to the season but this moment is very sweet, with winning the World Futsal Cup, 2017 Mini Cup Champions and leading the league.”
This means the team is on course for a historic treble season as they currently lead the league. The success of the club, in futsal and soccer, is due to the philosophy that runs throughout the club. Former club captain Torras explained “What is unique and special about Barca players is, above all, how they behave. They should be an example both on and off court. In terms of playing, we look for a complete player that, most importantly, is very clever and has excellent ball control. In this moment, the club is opting for every professional section to have their own DNA.”
Regarding the link between the futsal and soccer sections Torras revealed “During Guardiola’s time in Barcelona there was some contact with futsal to observe and learn certain movements. Currently, there are regular meetings with important people that carry out the football methodology which means we have important information, for soccer and futsal.”
Looking further afield, the infantil team will defend their World Futsal Cup title, organized by USA Futsal, at the end of 2017. Applications for teams to participate open on Wednesday and interest has been received from around the world, highlighting the global interest in the event that will be more competitive than ever.
Analysing the event, Torras, who has played for Spain in two FIFA Futsal World Cups, said “It is a tournament that is growing every year and you notice it in the participating teams and the organization. The difference of this one to other tournaments is the diversity in cultures of the teams that come from various countries. This makes it an attractive tournament. Also, the level of the teams, each time is stronger.”