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.
Over the course of two days, students aged 8 to 18 will be lacing up their futsal shoes in the Skyline High School gym for the 2nd Annual Dallas ISD Futsal Tournament powered by USA Futsal. This tournament brings together non-interscholastic futsal players, both boys and girls, representing 12 schools in each of the Elementary, Middle and High School age divisions, in competition on May 19-20th, 2017.
Futsal is FIFA’s official version of small-sided soccer. Many of the world’s greatest athletes, including Pelé, Ronaldinho, Messi, and even Kobe Bryant got their start playing the small-sided game.
Dallas ISD is proud to have partnered with both USA Futsal, organizers of the World Futsal Championships, and with City Futsal, the local leader in the sport. The tournament offers Dallas ISD students from all backgrounds an opportunity to interact with each other and promote health and fitness while learning and playing a sport practiced by over 30 million players worldwide.
“The event is the first of its kind in the US. It was first rolled out last spring with Dallas ISD as a way to promote the adoption of futsal into schools and was so successful that it sparked other school districts and cities to consider implementing the program as well,” said Rob Andrews, President of USA Futsal. “I couldn’t be more appreciative of Dallas ISD for making the investment of time, money and resources into futsal, nor more proud of what we accomplished together in year one.”
New to this year’s Dallas ISD tournament is the Interactive Futsal Village, which will have spaces designed for cultural education, in addition to activities to keep the athletes engaged in learning about the sport when they aren’t playing on the court. Some attractions of the Interactive Futsal Village will include an “Around the Futsal World” exhibit, mini-games and team challenges, and guest appearances from futsal players and other local celebrities.
The event business manager of City Futsal, Federico Mariel said, "City Futsal, a Dallas based organization that specializes in futsal, is excited to be a part of an event like this where we can provide our expertise on how the sport can be effectively incorporated into a physical education curriculum where all students are able to participate and benefit, and at the same time offer a path for those who want to continue playing the sport, through our year-round futsal training and competition programs in the Dallas area.”
For the first time ever, the winners of this year’s tournament will receive a special prize - the opportunity to compete at the 2017 World Futsal Championship, which features futsal teams from countries throughout the world. The winning Dallas ISD teams in the Elementary and Middle school divisions will be granted entry into the tournament, which takes place July 31-August 3, 2017 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Lance Johanson, in his second year representing Dallas ISD at the event, is pleased with the growth of the tournament and with this year’s special prize. “In offering these kids, many of whom have never been outside of the metroplex before, the opportunity to use futsal as a means to experience the ‘most magical place on earth,’ we hope to show them that by committing themselves to something meaningful, there is no limit to what they can achieve as students, as athletes, and as human beings.”
AS Truitier, a club in the community of Carrefour, in Haiti, is a well estabilshed soccer organisation. They have seven youth categories and have played tournaments in Belgium, France and Mexico. This year they want to improve in futsal and due to this they will compete in the World Futsal Championships at Disney from 31 July to August 3rd.
“This year we had a futsal selection team and we looked for a tournament of great caliber, like the World Futsal Championships, to participate with our young people in order to establish futsal in the football school”, said Aneas Jean Romel, general secretary of the club.
At the moment, AST has 30 futsal players and three coaches. At Disney, they will play in the Cadete category.
In the national championship they lost 3-2 in the final against Team Schelcy. "Futsal helps so much with development in my community. My soccer school is working to prove that futsal is necessary part of the future sport in the country”, finished Aneas.
World Futsal Championship applications are still open and you can apply at http://usafutsal.com/world-futsal-championships/
The World Futsal Championships will feature teams which have experience in the competition and others that will play for the first time. One of the debutants is Futsal Factory, a club from Louisville that will dispute the Infantil category with a team that started playing together five years ago.
In 2012 futsal was used once a week to help the players from Ohio Elite Soccer Academy. After that, Charles Traughber, the person responsible of the team started the Futsal Factory to train players from clubs all over the state of Kentucky during the winter. Since that time, Futsal Factory has developed into an independent futsal club that compete in a local league and regional tournaments.
This winter they worked with over 300 players in the Louisville area helping them develop technical skills through the game of futsal. “We want to offer as many players as possible the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of futsal and use the technical development you find in futsal to help make them be better overall soccer players. I think within the next five years we will see futsal in our area as a separate entity where players can pursue national team and professional opportunities” said Charle Traughber.
The whole club is now very excited with the possibility of playing in the World Futsal Championship, which will be played from July 31st to August 3rd at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex within Disney in Orlando.
“We think that the kids will have a great experience and everyone will learn a lot more about the game. Our only expectations are that we play hard, compete, learn more about the game and anything else that happens from there is a bonus” commented Traughber.
This Wednesday marked the World Futsal Cup VI kick-off with clubs now able to apply for a place at the premier youth futsal tournament in the world. The event will take place between 27th-30th December 2017 in Blanes, Spain.
There are five age categories with a limit of eight teams per division. The age bands are Benjamin (players born 2008 or after), Alevin (2006/2007), Infantil (2004/2005), Cadete (2002/2003) and Juvenil (1999/2000/2001). The most successful club in the championship's history with an incredible 11 titles, FC Barcelona, has already confirmed their presence at the tournament.
In previous years some of the biggest sporting institutions worldwide have participated including Benfica, Santos and Corinthians. With the talent on show influential personalities from the sport such as agents, coaches and players attend the tournament to identify future stars. In addition to the competition, other activities such as a coaching seminar with leading experts are organized for the participants.
The seaside resort Blanes, Costa Brava, situated near Barcelona hosts the event. Both these locations are hugely popular destinations offering picturesque beaches, historic cultural attractions and a good all year round climate that cater perfectly for both the sports fan as well as the tourist. Games are played at Blanes Sport City, a facility with 6 international courts and ample seating.
Demand for the limited spots is high and we invite interested clubs to apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this opportunity. You can do this now here: www.usafutsal.com/WorldFutsalCup
The futsal section of FC Barcelona was celebrating on Sunday. Their infantil side beat fierce rivals Catgas Energia Santa Coloma by 4-1 to claim the Minicopa, making it 5 out of 5 for the Blaugrana since the inaugural edition in 2013. The Mini-Copa is part of the prestigious Spanish Cup with the country’s best professional teams represented at both senior and youth level.
The team, which is a combination of players of 13 and 14 years of age, achieved their second trophy of the season after claiming the World Futsal Cup in December. This latest victory is a repeat of their remarkable performance at the latter where against a host of international teams they scored 42 goals and conceded only 4.
“Each of our age categories covers a 2-year band and each team has 12-14 players with half first years and the rest second years. We are conscious of the age difference in each category and due to this the technical and tactical aims go from less to more difficult, from the individual to the team.” commented the Youth Director Jordi Torras. “The change of generation in infantil meant we had a difficult start to the season but this moment is very sweet, with winning the World Futsal Cup, 2017 Mini Cup Champions and leading the league.”
This means the team is on course for a historic treble season as they currently lead the league. The success of the club, in futsal and soccer, is due to the philosophy that runs throughout the club. Former club captain Torras explained “What is unique and special about Barca players is, above all, how they behave. They should be an example both on and off court. In terms of playing, we look for a complete player that, most importantly, is very clever and has excellent ball control. In this moment, the club is opting for every professional section to have their own DNA.”
Regarding the link between the futsal and soccer sections Torras revealed “During Guardiola’s time in Barcelona there was some contact with futsal to observe and learn certain movements. Currently, there are regular meetings with important people that carry out the football methodology which means we have important information, for soccer and futsal.”
Looking further afield, the infantil team will defend their World Futsal Cup title, organized by USA Futsal, at the end of 2017. Applications for teams to participate open on Wednesday and interest has been received from around the world, highlighting the global interest in the event that will be more competitive than ever.
Analysing the event, Torras, who has played for Spain in two FIFA Futsal World Cups, said “It is a tournament that is growing every year and you notice it in the participating teams and the organization. The difference of this one to other tournaments is the diversity in cultures of the teams that come from various countries. This makes it an attractive tournament. Also, the level of the teams, each time is stronger.”
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."
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!
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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.
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.