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.


2nd Annual Dallas ISD Futsal Tournament powered by USA Futsal set for May 19-20th

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.”  

 


World Futsal Championships helps AST in the development of sport in Haiti

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/