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


Lessons to be learned from Corinthians x Marreco

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How Corinthians is using futsal as a stepping stone in player development

This October, Corinthians Futsal played against Marreco Futsal in an electrifying game. The game took place in the Ginasio Poliesportivo Wlamir Marques, in Sao Paulo (Brazil). With a venue capacity for approximately 6,500 supporters, thousands of fans crowded the stands.

Fans arrived three hours before the game, anxious for the match. While the big gates were still closed, people gathered outside, talking about their expectations for the game. Corinthians lost the last quarterfinal game against Marreco in Francisco Beltrao, Marreco’s city. Corinthians wouldn’t let Marreco go to the semifinals easily.

Fans were full of emotions. As the game was in the Corinthians club, most supporters outside wore the team's shirts. They talked not only about futsal, but also other sports that Corinthians is present. There were also some Marreco fans waiting for the gates to open. The dinner of the night was hotdogs and French fries sold in the stands in front of the gymnasium.

After the gates opened, the public settled on the bleachers. People were really excited for the beginning of the game. Fans sang the team’s songs, kids ran around the court, parents went to the cafeteria to buy coxinhas (a popular food in Brazil consisting of chopped chicken meat, covered in dough, battered and fried), esfihas (a pie-like dish originating from Lebanon and common in Brazil, normally open-faced with various toppings as cheese, beef and vegetables) and potato chips.

12-year-old fan Matheus is a great supporter of Corinthians and has attended many games.  His opinion about the match was positive, “This is a difficult game for Corinthians, but the athletes are playing very well. I hope Corinthians win this night.”

Matheus echoed the wish of hundreds of fans around the court.

When players entered the court to warm up, fans were fascinated and you could see the glint in the children’s eyes. The Corinthians team really tries to get the kids closer to professional athletes. Players enter the court definitely for the game accompanied by the children of the club, holding hands.

The professional athletes did not mind stopping for a few seconds to take pictures with the fans who admired them behind the net. During the interval of the match, some young players were called to make a penalty shoot-out and feel like the professional ones of the night.

Corinthians does this for a very specific reason. According to Edson Sesma, futsal manager for Corinthians, the sport is a tool for a child or youth improve their abilities, movements, self-knowledge and dynamism.

“Quick thinking, taking several actions and a lot of contact with the ball are three concepts present in futsal that are very important in the growth of the child,” Sesma reflects.

At the end of the night, Marreco eliminated Corinthians from Liga Nacional de Futsal. The result was Corinthians 4 (0) x (1) 3 Marreco. Although Marreco would still lose in the semifinals for Assoeva, it was a game full of emotions, attacks and counterattacks that players from both teams did their best to amuse people watching them.

Goals were scored by Matheus, Douglas Nunes and Douglas, for Corinthians. Suelton, Emerson, Fabiano Assad and Barbosinha scored for Marreco.

Vander Carioca, Corinthians Futsal pivot, is now 41 years old. He started playing futsal with the age of 7. It is more than 30 years of futsal. For him, futsal is a new type of education, outside classrooms. “It’s a life of futsal, a sport that gave me everything”, said Carioca.

This is the objective of Corinthians Club and USA Futsal.

Regardless the outcome of the match, Corinthians' Futsal team is increasingly prepared for the futsal world. They have ten male teams and four female teams and as Sesma says, “it is no longer just a modality, but a great sports project.”

Corinthians as an organization tries to integrate the sports practiced inside the club and also the junior players, professional athletes and fans. Their style of play is very well received by other teams, especially futsal fans.

Futsal is one of the sports that is conquering the world. It can be practiced in small places, such as indoor courts, and it is attractive and feasible for any age. In Brazil, futsal is accompanied by people who like soccer a lot. In a country that is mono-sport, having a sport that is very similar in the way that football is played is very important in order to give more voice to sports that receive less attention from the public and the mainstream media.

“Futsal stands out both commercially and sportily,” Sesma affirms. “Commercially because of the way a game attracts all audiences and sportily because it is a great partner in the training of athletes for football”.

Futsal is especially important at the youth level to establish and develop co-working skills and quick thinking.

Corinthians' players are a prime example of this development. Despite the defeat,  players will keep their heads up and bring their best to their next matches and championships.


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.


Estamos con Barcelona.

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17 de Agosto de 2017

Durante los últimos cuatro años, Barcelona nos ha bienvenido a casa cada invierno, ya que traemos equipos de todo el mundo para la Copa Mundial de Fútbol Sala. El día de hoy, estamos profundamente entristecidos por la pérdida de la vidas inocentes.

A medida que aprendemos más sobre el ataque terrorista, queremos que sepan que estamos a salvo.

Mas que nada, no permitiremos que este acto de violencia nos disuada de regresar a Barcelona este invierno. Para asegurar la seguridad y bienestar de nuestro personal y los equipos participando, nos aseguraremos de que tener medidas de seguridad durante el torneo.

Nuestros pensamientos y más profundas condolencias  están con los afectados por este horrible evento.

Estamos con Barcelona.

Rob Andrews

Presidente, USA Futsal


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.


We Stand With Barcelona.

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August 17, 2017

For the past four years, we have called Barcelona home every winter as we bring teams from all over the world for the World Futsal Cup. Today, we are deeply shocked and saddened at the senseless loss of life.

As we learn more about the terrorist attack, we first wanted to let you all know that our team is safe and accounted for.

We will not allow this act of violence to discourage us from coming home again this winter. We will ensure that security measures are in place throughout the tournament for the safety and well-being of our staff and teams.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with those impacted by this horrible event.

We stand with Barcelona.

 

Rob Andrews

President, USA Futsal

 


Falcão

He is back! With the return of Falcão, Brazil launches plan to win World Cup 2020

Falcão is back just few months after announcing his retirement from the Brazilian National Team. The best futsal player in history is now a key player in Brazil’s plan to win the World Cup in 2020.

In his new role, Falcão will act as Director of Institutional Relations for the Brazilian Confederation (CBFS) tapping into his vast network to cultivate partnerships and secure sponsors.

“My role is more important out of the court than inside it. Brazilian futsal lost confidence and we need to show that the people who are in charge are serious,” said Falcão. “I’m ready to help develop Brazilian futsal. ”

Brazilian champion, Marquinhos Xavier, will be coaching the team. One futsal’s biggest influencers, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.

“We have the best players in the world. The best teams in the world have two or three players who are decisive to win games and conquer championships,” said Xavier.

With a full schedule leading to 2020, CBFS Director Reinaldo Simões hinted that the team plans to tour and play in other countries. In addition, new sponsors have been announced: i9Life, Magnus and Implante Rio. Sports marketing agency TFW will be responsible for organizing events and finding sponsors.

“The growth of futsal in the United States is very important to the solidification of the sport”, said Felipe Drummond, owner of TFW agency and president of Magnus Futsal, (Falcão’s team that was World Futsal Champion in 2016). “We know the importance of the United States and when they enter in the sport they enter to make the difference. So, it is important to whole world and to Brazil, because it certainly will help in athletes exportation, in new business to Brazilian clubs and in exchanges between the two countries.”


Looking Back At The 2017 World Futsal Championships

Walking through Disney’s ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex last week, you could feel the energy and anticipation of teams on the final day of matches that would determine the champions of the 2017 World Futsal Championships.

After four days of fast-paced games, cheering fans and beautiful goals, players were ready to leave it all on the court in an all-or-nothing set of matches. One of the most impressive aspects of the tournament’s final day was the exhibition of sportsmanship displayed by players of all ages.

“The past few days we had a complete integration between kids of different countries and very different backgrounds,” said Rob Andrews. As President of USA Futsal, this integration of cultures though the fabric of futsal has been his dream and greatest achievement.

“We want young players to get exposure to different styles of play and cultures that they might not get otherwise” Andrews continued, “If they leave our tournament having learned something, we were successful.”

As the matches took place, parents and players of different teams mingled on the stands and supported previous rivals on the way to victory. The cheers echoed throughout the complex as teams put their skills to the test.

Michigan's ABK Futsal team was the great champion of  the Infantil category. Brazil's FC Flamengo won the Pre-Benjamin, Hyper Futsal conquered the title in the Benjamin and Rio de Janeiro Futsal Academy took home the gold in the Alevin category. In Cadete, Rio de Janeiro also won the men’s tournament and Elite Futsal was crowned champion of women’s championship.

More than a competition, this tournament was marked by the life-long memories that song players have created. When they look back at the tournament, they will remember days filled with fun, friendships and the experience of a lifetime.


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.”