Guadalajara saw some of the best female teams in the world coming to town by the finish of last June. The region locals Alovera, Segovia and Atletico Madrid welcomed the internationals Benfica (Portugal), Gamers Futsal (USA) and WSFL Flames (Australia).
As it was expected Benfica and Atletico Madrid showed why they're among the best female futsal teams in the world and won all their group matches. Then both Alovera and Segovia defeated Australians and Americans and earn their passage to the semi finals.
Semi finals saw Atletico Madrid and Benfica winning their ticket to the final. There, with the presence of two Spanish National Team players, like Jose Ruiz (whose invaluable help made this tournament happen as good as it was) and Adrian "Pola" Alonso on the stands, Atletico won with a convincing 3 - 0.
Besides their final result, Americans and Aussies had an amazing time and promised to return next year, while locals were already looking forward to both receiving them, and also having some other competition like this one again.
We hope to see you all next year! We'll all continue helping this sport getting bigger.
First Elite 96 has come to an end, it was a success seeing our 4 camps (Richmond, Chicago, Dallas, San Jose) providing national players with the quality to attend F.C. Barcelona's trainings. Next March some of this year's attendants are going to La Masia for an unforgettable experience.
USA Futsal is pleased to announce the first ever World Futsal Championships will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports inside the historic Walt Disney World Resort.
From August 7-10th, 2014, 160 youth teams and 32 adult teams representing countries from Europe, Asia in addition to North, Central and South America will participate in 6 age groups in both male and female genders. The best teams in the world will compete in front of coaches, international scouts and famous players in what will become the biggest futsal event in the world annually.
In addition to the tournament, on August 5th and 6th, USA Futsal will facilitate a futsal referee certification, futsal coaching course and global development symposium led by referees, coaches and directors representing the top clubs, leagues and organizations from around the world.
Age groups this year will be calendar year, meaning players born in that year (Jan 1 - Dec 31) are considered born in that year. No exceptions can be made for the scouts and coaches in observance to have a clear picture of the competition.
ADULT: Players Born in 1996 and Older | 24 Men's Teams and 8 Women's Teams will makeup the field.
JUVENIL: Players Born in 1997 and 1998 | 16 Men's Teams and 16 Women's Teams will makeup the field.
CADETE: Players Born in 1999 and 2000 | 16 Men's Teams and 16 Women's Teams will makeup the field.
INFANTIL: Players Born in 2001 and 2002 | 16 Men's Teams and 16 Women's Teams will makeup the field.
ALEVIN: Players Born in 2003 and 2004 | 16 Men's Teams and 16 Women's Teams will makeup the field.
BENJAMIN: Players Born in 2005 and 2006 | 16 Men's Teams and 16 Women's Teams will makeup the field.
The Intercontinental Futsal Cup was a resounding success. International competition raised awareness for the sport of Futsal in the US and has contributed to its growth locally. The tournament generated quite the news buzz in both surrounding areas and internationally. All teams competed well and the tournament was well received by all participants.
Dinamo Moscow took home the trophy for the Intercontinental Futsal Cup! They beat out Carlos Barbosa for the title.
Glucosoral faced off against World United vying for 5th place overall. The teams ended the first half in a tie, 2 - 2. United lost momentum coming into the second half and Glucosoral pulled away. Glucosoral won the match 8 -4.
Intelli and El Pozo battled it out for third place. The game became heated quite quickly and several yellow cards were handed out. Jé was a keyplayer for Intelli and contributed several goals, allowing Intelli to win the match 4-2.
The championship game showcased Carlos Barbosa and the Russian team, Dinamo. The match was well matched. The half ended in a tie, 1 - 1. As the game heated up both Rodrigo (Carlos Barbosa) and Kaetano (Dinamo) received yellow cards. Dinamo managed to get one in and it was all over from there. Dinamo broke down Carlos Barbosa and took the cup 5 -1.