International Women’s Day – Soccer and Futsal play major role in Messner’s story

A female soccer player in United States is not extraordinary. In Brazil, however, the country known as the “Soccer Nation”, it is an uphill battle for women that grow up playing “the Beautiful Game”.

Larissa Messner was able to overcome many obstacles, and with the support of her friends and family, chose to pursue the sport of soccer throughout her youth. Now, some 15 years later, she is studying Sport Management and playing college soccer for Warner University in Florida.

As a Sophomore she is taking on another challenge having accepted a position to work for USA Futsal at the World Futsal Championships, which take place from July 31st to August 3rd at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

"What attracted me to the World Futsal Championship was working directly with children and futsal, two passions that I have. There will be over 100 teams from all over the world, children from all over the world with different cultures and religions, all competing against each other. It is wonderful to help create a tournament where the children can learn from each other’s culture and make new friends for a lifetime. This environment really makes the experience rewarding for me.” said the Brazilian Messner.

On the International Women’s Day, Larissa dreams for a better and more equal world and for this dream she will keep playing her part.

"Women are coming increasingly important in every field of work and this shows that we have the same capacity as men. People are beginning to see and understand this, especially in Brazil. It's still going to take a lot of time to end this prejudice, but even to see this small change, at least for me, means that I have more strength to keep fighting and show everything that we women are capable of achieving."

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Boys World Futsal Championships / Final Day

The World Futsal Championships have just finished, and we want to thank all of the players, coaches, families and fans that supported us and the teams during these three memorable days!

Congratulations to the World Futsal Champions:
Pre Benjamin: Rio Futsal Federation
Benjamin: Rio Futsal 1
Alevin: Rio Futsal 1
Infantil: ABK Futsal
Cadete: City Futsal
Open: OIS Strickers

We really hope to see you back next year and continue supporting our event, and this amazing level of Futsal!

We are Futsal!

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Boys World Futsal Championship / Day 2

After day 2, all games are set for tomorrows big finals. We cannot wait for these amazing matches to occur, and see who will emerge as the World Futsal Champions of this year´s event!

Make sure you check with us regarding how the new award ceremonies will work this year. For those of you who are back for a second time, the awards are in a different location than in previous years, and we want to make sure the teams attend their ceremony.

Join us for more excitement here at the ESPN Wide World of Sports!

You can see all the scores and standings so far, plus tomorrow schedule's at http://usafutsal.com/2016-boys-world-futsal-championships-schedule/

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Boys World Futsal Championships

2016 Boys World Futsal Championship / Day 1

Welcome again to the Boys World Futsal Championship! 66 teams from Australia, Bermuda, Brasil, Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela, United States and Uruguay started today to compete for the Gold and the honor.
We really hope you have enjoyed today’s matches and see you tomorrow for Day 2!
We are Futsal!

Stay tuned for match results and other tournament updates on social media, and get all the standings and results at http://usafutsal.com/2016-boys-world-futsal-championships-schedule/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/USAFutsal/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/usafutsal/
Twitter https://twitter.com/USAFutsal

Today's results:
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2016 Girls World Futsal Championship Finals

The 2016 Girls World Futsal Championship is now over, and we want to thank you all for an amazing tournament.
We are so honored by the presence of each team, and we are truly proud of the game level and camaraderie displayed in each game.

Tonight, we had the pleasure of hosting the PFL Showcase after our boys opening ceremony. What a treat! The players got to witness some amazing futsal in the Falcao VS Richardinho exhibition match. Some were lucky enough to snag a few autographs...and some selfies with the pros!

Tomorrow the Boys World Futsal Championship will start and we couldn´t be more excited. Stay tuned for match results and other tournament updates on social media.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/USAFutsal/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/usafutsal/
Twitter https://twitter.com/USAFutsal

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PFL All Star Showcase

Boys World Futsal Championships Opening Ceremony Schedule

August 4th Schedule.

Boys Opening Ceremony - 5:45PM
(teams should arrive no later than 5:30 PM, or they may not be able to be in the procession)

PFL All Star Showcase - 7:00PM
Don´t miss Falcao and Ricardinho face off for what will be an incredible event!


Girls World Futsal Championshiop - Day 2

GIRLS WORLD FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 2

Day 2 of the Girls World Futsal Championship just ended. We had great games, enjoyed great plays and had a real blast! Here are today's scores, and we will expect you all tomorrow for the final matches!

Remember that you can get all the standings, brackets and results at http://usafutsal.com/2016-girls-world-futsal-championships-schedule/ and follow us at @usafutsal on Twitter or Instagram for updates.

We Are Futsal!

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Girls World Futsal Championships - Day 1

ESPN Wide World of Sports flooded with eager players hungry for day one of competition at this years girls World Futsal Championships. 22 teams competing against each other in Benjamin, Alevin, Infantil, Cadete and Open, to reach the gold!

Here are today's results, and you can get all the standings at http://usafutsal.com/2016-girls-world-futsal-championships-schedule/

Stay tuned for exciting updates, match results, and photos!

See you all tomorrow!

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Girls World Futsal Championship Opening Day

2016 Girls World Futsal Championship Opening Day

The 2016 World Futsal Championships kicks off today! It will be the girls that are in action first with their Opening Ceremony taking place at 5pm followed by an exhibition match featuring Spanish women champions Atletico Madrid. We will have over 200 games played by nearly 100 teams over a week of competition. We are futsal!

5pm Girls Opening Ceremony
5.30pm Exhibition Match Featuring Atletico Madrid Women's Team


USA Futsal & FutsalStat Agree Partnership for World Futsal Championship

We are delighted to announce an agreement for The World Futsal Championships has been finalized with FutsalStat (FutsalStat.com), a company that produces match analysis software for futsal clubs. Their products are used by the world's most successful clubs such as Movistar Inter (Spanish Champions), Yugra (European Champions) and Asti (Italian Champions).

The agreement will provide all teams in the Open Age category, both male and female, with a free trial of their statistical analysis software to use for an extended period including the championships. This will allow coaches to be informed in real-time during the game of individual and team performance and provide alerts.

Rob Andrews, President of USA Futsal, commented “The World Futsal Championships is a high level competition and we wanted to help the participating teams maximise their performance. We are very happy to add this benefit to the overall package we offer. It is a professional product used by the strongest futsal clubs in the world and it is great our participants will be joining this elite group.”

Fabrice Gacougnolle (Contact@FutsalStat.com) of FutsalStat was equally pleased to be working together. “We know USA Futsal organise premier futsal events and FutsalStat is a tool used by the premier futsal clubs in the world so it is a natural partnership. We look forward to a successful collaboration.”

The World Futsal Championships take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando between 1-7 August. There are still limited spaces available and applications can be made in the tournament section of the website.