Georgia futsal academy brings international talent to develop players

Two years ago, Jonathan Cueva opened the doors of what would become Rockport Indoor Soccer. Back then, the space was empty but what started as a vision of opening an indoor soccer facility turned into a dedicated futsal court where young players come to train.

Walking into Rockport Indoor Soccer, it's easy to see the care that Cueva spent in the details- from the concession stand to the penalty box, every detail was created to establish a free environment where players can come try their skill in fast-paced futsal games.

For the Georgia community, the facility has been a game-changer. Children have an alternative space where they can build community, learn new skills and develop constructively on and off the court. For the futsal community, the facility is a small win in the quest to bring the sport to the United States.

"Futsal still needs to grow," said Cueva. "We were at the World Futsal Championships watching Brazilian teams play and their movements and strategies were new for us. I want as many people, especially young children to see and share the game at its highest level."

This summer, Cueva has partnered with the LSA Sharks and USA Futsal to bring international talent to Rockport Indoor Soccer and do just that. Together, they will open Escorpion Futsal Academy, the first after school futsal academy in the state and they're brining in Toni Farreras to teach their players how the game is played.

For Farreras, the game has been his biggest love. From a young age, he showed a talent for developing players, having trained his first futsal team at the age of 14. Since then, he has coached players from the mighty FC Barcelona, Pineda F.S, Futsal Mataró and Canet F.S., among others.

His secret to developing champions is in his approach to coaching.

"My intention is to make you think from the first day. I do not want you to memorize anything, I want you to understand why things happen and only then improve your ability to make decisions on the court," explained Farreras. "I also want to convey my way of seeing this sport and how we can take it to our lives off the track. Everything has a connection."

Lanier Soccer Association will be also benefiting from Farreras’ training; He will be acting as the futsal academy’s Technical Director and educate our coaches in the art of futsal.

Escorpion Futsal Academy will kick off this January and children will be able to learn basic principles and absorb a bit of the coaching culture that has made teams in Spain a force to recon with. With eight practices per month, players will receive dedicated attention and enjoy the competitive advantage that comes from professional coaching.

Registration for the January sessions is open now. Click here for more information


Futsal City Atlas puts Colombia on the map at World Futsal Cup VI

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Every winter, the World Futsal Cup brings teams and athletes from all over the world to its home town of Blanes in the Spanish coast. This year’s tournament will feature a new team from Colombia who will become the first to represent the country at the tournament.

Its name is Futsal City Atlas.

Since 2016, it has won impressive titles in Brazil, Paraguay and England. The team was founded in 2015 to represent Bogota in a national tournament. Futsal City Atlas then competed a South American Championship in Brazil in 2016 and became part of the Colombian national team.

The trailblazer team then took their talents to Paraguay last season where they won the world title. This year, they played a Gatorade tournament in London.

After going up against Spain, Mexico, Italy and France, they beat El Salvador and won the title, winning a trip to Cardiff, where they watched the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus.

Now, the team's focus is World Futsal Cup VI. Coach David Jimenez knows the challenges that his club will face, as they take on seasoned teams but his players are ready.

“They are training 4 days a week, competing in league tournaments in Bogota on weekends", said Jimenez. "They know they will face the best in the world and this is what fuels them."

Principles To Win

Futsal City Atlas has two non-negotiable principles that are taught to players: “Esfuerzo perfecto (perfect effort)” and “disciplina tactica (tactic discipline)”. These are meant to remind players what they're training for.

“Esfuerzo perfecto is one of the club's mottos. It is meant to remind the players of the sacrifice they have to make (like getting up early, doing homework and then coming to train when they're tired)." said Jimenez.

The quality of the team’s regiment and their desire to success was noticed by Sergio Arboleda University and together, they have established a partnership that will benefit the University and players.

As part of their agreement, the team will represent the University at the World Futsal Cup VI and the players will have access to a futsal scholarship.

The titles, international championships and union with the University are all a testament to the booming success of Futsal City Atlas . When we asked Coach Jimenez how they did it, he explained it began with a dream.

“I think that we must dream, but also we need to work to achieve these dreams. When we started, was a dream to represent our city. We dreamed, worked and achieved that. A lot of people said that we wouldn't get here, but we put in the effort and had success,” concluded the coach.

Futsal City Atlas made history in Colombia and they are just getting started. See them prove themselves at the World Futsal Cup VI.


Escola do Texas Faz História no World Futsal Championships 2017

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Todo verão, times de todo o mundo viajam para a Disney, em Orlando, para competir no World Futsal Championships, torneio realizado no ESPN Wide World of Sports. Neste ano, a chegada de uma jovem equipe do Texas foi um marco histórico.

Em maio, o Dallas ISD, 14º maior distrito de escolas públicas dos Estados Unidos, inovou e sediou o primeiro torneio nacional de futsal de colégios públicos, abrindo caminho para a integração do futsal com a educação.

“Futsal é um esporte de ritmo acelerado, que engaja e permite que as crianças tenham a oportunidade de desenvolver o pensamento crítico em um ambiente coletivo”, afirmou Rob Andrews, presidente da USA Futsal. “O benefício adicional para as escolas é que é um esporte de baixo impacto e baixo custo que os jogadores podem praticar durante o ano inteiro”.

Neste ano, a Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School foi uma das duas escolas primárias convidadas para participar da World Futsal Championships. Para realizar a viagem a Orlando, o time angariou mais de U$5.000 e conseguiu um patrocínio da Southwest Airlines.

A participação deles fez história já que o colégio foi o primeiro distrito de escola pública da nação a participar do campeonato.

“Fazer essa parceria com a USA Futsal foi uma oportunidade maravilhosa para os jovens atletas”, declarou Lance Johanson, diretor e coordenador de projetos especiais do Departamento de Saúde e Educação Física do Dallas ISD. “A participação no torneio abriu portas para um intercâmbio cultural, para o espírito esportivo e para oportunidades de crescimento social.”

Um dos objetivos do Dallas ISD é que todo estudante participe de atividades extracurriculares. A introdução do futsal deu a eles a possibilidade de ficarem muito perto de concretizar isso.

Esporte gerido pela Fifa, o futsal é uma versão menor e mais rápida do futebol, jogado no 5 contra 5 em uma quadra, que pode ser de basquete, tênis ou até em estacionamentos sem uso.

No futsal, os jogadores recebem em média 600% mais a bola e marcam quatro vezes mais gols do que no futebol, sendo assim a ferramenta de desenvolvimento perfeita para as organizações que visam evoluir na participação dos jogadores nas partidas.

Muito dos grandes atletas do futebol profissional, como Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Ronaldinho e até Pelé atribuem à prática do futsal quando criança como chave do sucesso em suas carreiras como jogadores de futebol.

Sobre a USA Futsal

Criada em 2010, a missão da USA Futsal é incentivar o crescimento do esporte nos Estados Unidos e além por meio da organização de eventos e competições, bem como da promoção de oportunidades para jogadores, técnicos, árbitros e torcedores. Visite usafutsal.com para saber mais sobre como você pode se envolver no esporte indoor que mais cresce no mundo.


Dallas ISD at 2017 World Futsal Championships

Texas School Makes History at the 2017 World Futsal Championships

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Every summer, teams from all over the world travel to Disney’s ESPN Wide World Of Sports to compete at the World Futsal Championships. This year, the arrival of a young team from Texas made history.

Last May, Dallas ISD, the 14th-largest public school district in the United States, broke ground and held the nation’s first public school Futsal Tournament. This district-wide event paved way for futsal’s integration with education.

“Futsal is a very fast-paced, engaging sport that allows young kids the opportunity to develop critical thinking in a team environment,” said Rob Andrews, president of USA Futsal. “The added benefit to the schools is that this is a low-impact, low-cost sport that players can enjoy year-round.”

This year, Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School was one of two elementary schools invited to participate in the World Futsal Championships. To make it to Orlando, the team raised over $5,000 and secured a sponsorship from Southwest Airlines.

Their participation made history as they became the first public school district in the nation to compete in the tournament.

“Partnering with USA Futsal was a wonderful opportunity for the young athletes,” said Lance Johanson, manager and special projects coordinator of the Health & Physical Education Department of Dallas ISD. “Participation in the tournament opened doors for cultural exchange, sportsmanship, and opportunities for social growth.”

One of the district goals of Dallas ISD is for every student to participate in extracurricular activities. The introduction of futsal has brought them closer to achieving this goal.

The official small sided game of FIFA, futsal is a 5 on 5 fast-paced version of soccer that can be played on any hard surface like a basketball court, tennis court or even an unused parking lot.

Players on average receive 600% more touches on the ball and score four times more goals than traditional soccer, making it the perfect development tool for organizations looking to increase players’ participation in the practices and games.

Many of the greatest soccer players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Ronaldinho and even Pelé have attributed playing futsal as children to their success as soccer players.

About USA Futsal

Formed in 2010, the mission of  USA Futsal is to support the growth of futsal in the United States and beyond through the organization of events and competitions as well as by promoting opportunities for players, coaches, referees and fans. Visit usafutsal.com to learn more about how you can get involved in the fastest growing indoor sport in the world.


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.”


SIGNnow Sports focus on ball control to impress at World Futsal Championships

SIGNnow Sports will participate in its first official futsal tournament when they compete in the World Futsal Championships, which will be played at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from July 31 to August 3rd. The team of Davenport, that was formed in 2016 as an alternative to playing soccer during the offseason, is focused on improving their ball control to put on a good show in front of teams from across the entire planet.

“Coach Kyle Wilson came up to me and said, ‘your kids need to control the ball.’ I was surprised. I thought that we were good. We focused on ball mastery. Our philosophy of working hard and focusing on technique is our key”, said Mario Casamalhuapa, General Manager of the club.

At this moment SIGNnow Sports has 100 players in their futsal camp with children not just from Davenport, but also Celebration, Kissimmee and Orlando. At Disney, they will play in the Alevin category.

“We expect to learn and compete. This will be the first time SIGNnow Sports will be competing in a tournament such as this. Futsal is our tool, it helps us make us better by learning technique in a small space”, finished Casmalhuapa.


E2 Prodigy wants to put South Texas on the futsal map at The World Futsal Championships

 

E2 Prodigy of San Antonio wants to put the name of South Texas in the history of World Futsal Championships. They have 25 players as part of their six month futsal program and they will come to Disney at the end of July to compete in the Alevin and Infantil categories.

“The World Futsal Championships is the first big tournament E2 Prodigy will be a part of. We are excited and looking forward to the competition and the experience more than anything. We are preparing as best as possible to hopefully represent South Texas well” said Edward Estrada, Technical Director of the club.

More than just a focus on sports performance, E2 Prodigy promotes values such as passion, desire, perseverance and commitment to create team players as emphasized by Estrada.

Despite futsal becoming more well known in the USA, the majority of children still prefer soccer. However, the work of E2 Prodigy is promoting the potential of the futsal and demonstrating that these two sports are complementary.

“Given that many of our kids are focused on outdoor play, we hope this will allow them to see the benefits, style of play and technique from teams from all over the world in The World Futsal Championships. Being forced to make critical decisions in tight spaces will only expand their creativity, tranquility and composure on the ball. This sport only compliments outdoor play and we hope they are able to take these qualities outdoors to show their qualities” finished Estrada.


Girls from Bayside Pirates want to repeat the performance in Australia at The World Futsal Championships

The World Futsal Championships will welcome teams from all across the world. From Australia, at the end of July, will arrive the Bayside Pirates who will play the women’s tournament within the Cadete category. The girls qualified after winning the Craig Foster Tournament.

The girls didn’t just win that championship, played on the Gold Coast against other Australian teams, but dominanted the competition. They won all the eight matches played, scoring 42 goals and conceding just 7.

“We place a lot of emphasis on female futsal, as it is part of our Strategic Plan, and it is proving successful.  This is the first time that the club will be participating in The USA & The World Futsal Championships and we hope it will lead to further tours in the future. We are coming to play and we will do our very best to win it”, said Mark Georgeson, president of the club.

Beside the Cadete team, Bayside Pirates, founded in 2008 as primarily a junior futsal club, has senior men’s and women’s teams. The latter won the New Zealand Football’s National Women’s League in February. There are four volunteers working on the women’s side of the club.

The Cadete team will carry out a training camp before the World Futsal Championships, which will be played from July 31st to August 3rd at the ESPN World Wide Sports Complex within Walt Disney World Resort. Everything is being prepared, possibly, for another dominant performance!


From Bermuda to the world: CPAD seeks educational opportunities through futsal

Sport and education are two things that should work together to promote child development across world. One of the participants of World Futsal Championships, CP Athletic Development (CPAD), exists to provide educational opportunities through futsal.

With futsal as their primary training platform, the CPAD academy began in September 2014 with 11 members and today they have grown to 70. This is an amazing accomplishment with such a small population.

Peter Rickards, president of the team, said “We operate using the premise that success occurs when preparation meets opportunity. We have established a growing network of preparatory school and college scouts to arrange video or on-campus interviews. We also provide student assessments and references for overseas institutions. The key to supporting the educational development of our members is to create opportunities for travel to overseas tournaments where scouting contacts will be in attendance.”

One of these opportunities is the World Futsal Championships, a tournament held by USA Futsal that will be played from 31st July to 3rd August, at ESPN Worldwide of Sports, at Disney. It will be the organisation’s third participation, this time in the Alevin category.

“The event is a great way to make connections in the game of futsal and an excellent opportunity for our members to meet players from around the world. Coming from a small island like Bermuda we are not often able to compete against high quality opposition. Being able to travel to Florida and play against teams from all over the world is a wonderful experience for us,” commented the president.

Since 2014, 25 of CPAD members have gone on to schools in the USA, UK and Spain. They are ready to impress, one more time, in the World Futsal Championships.