Melbourne Brasil Futsal Academy

Melbourne Academy brings "jogo bonito" to World Futsal Cup VI

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Brazilian coach Gui Costa has years of experience in futsal, having coached in many countries, including participations in four professional world championships. Since 2014, he has been 100 percent focused on his own creation the Melbourne Brazil Futsal Academy. Located in Melbourne, the club aspires to play beautifully against Brazilian teams.

“My main focus is the development of the fundamentals of the game: passing, controlling and shooting with proper training. In Australia, there is not much focus on developing skills and I want to help change this through my work with futsal,” said Costa. “I want my players to learn to play the ball from the back and not just kick it long and hope for the best! I want to teach them the ‘joga bonito’ (Portuguese phrase meaning the beautiful game).”

Costa's hard work has paid off

After three years of organizing academies and providing young players the opportunity to play in junior social leagues year-round, Melbourne Brazil Futsal Academy will play the first international tournament of their history: World Futsal Cup VI, which will take place in Blanes, Spain this December.

“This experience will be an eye-opener for them. As a coach I am trying to make sure that we are prepared to defend well first of all. I know what to expect and the teams coming from Brazil will be very good. My hope is that with my experience in the game and good preparation we can be competitive and then hopefully get some results. I want a team that plays with no regrets and leaves everything on the court,” said Costa.

The players making up the squad competing at World Futsal Cup VI is made up of the best players from their leagues and academy. These seasoned athletes have already played tournaments in Sydney and Brisbane, and will compete in the first National Futsal Tournament for juniors, taking place in Melbourne next October.

Futsal in Australia and the pressures of representing the country

According to Costa, futsal is not new in Australia. The sport has been around for many years, but recent seasons saw the growth of soccer which has helped fuel the growth of futsal.

“Players and parents see the great benefits of playing futsal to improve skills and become a better soccer player, but then our job as futsal advocates is to make sure we can then produce players that want to play futsal before soccer and we need to provide them with the right tools and pathways for their development,” explained the coach.
Costa and the Melbourne coaches have been working hard to prepare their players for World Futsal Cup VI. They expect this to be the experience of a lifetime.

“Living in Australia we are far from everything, and we are very appreciative to be in this competition. I would like my players to make new friends and make great memories. For us is not about winning only, but to be courteous towards everyone including officials, opposition and spectator. We want to leave a good impression on and off the court and represent Australia in the best way possible,” finished Costa.


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.


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

 


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.


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.


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.


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.

 


Alianza brings latest generation of their futsal family to the World Futsal Championships

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.