The World Futsal Cup is an elite youth futsal championship held every year in Spain that captures the attention of the worldwide futsal community. It is an opportunity for individuals and clubs to make a name for themselves and demonstrate showcase their ability. We look back on some of the top performers from last year and ask who will be the stars at the next edition.
Over the last few years teams from the United Kingdom were increasingly becoming competitive but it was at the last edition where they finally had a champion. It happened in the Alevin category where Ole Futsal Academy from London defeated FC Barcelona on penalties in a pulsating final. They also finished as runners-up in the Benjamin division.
The other clubs to claim their first title in the championships last year all hailed from Brazil. Santos F.C. showed talent beyond their young age in Benjamin, Rio Futsal Academy impressed to take the Infantil title and Corinthians got redemption from losing the final last time to lift the trophy in the showcase Juvenil section.
Another club that impressed without reaching the final with any of their 3 teams was Bardral/RAD from Japan. However, with talent scouts keeping a close eye on proceedings, one of their players very much made a name for himself. Shutaro Nakashima scored 4 goals in the championships and shortly after signed for former Brazilian champions Intelli where legend Falcao previously plied his trade.
With preparations underway for Edition VI that will take place at the end of 2017, the focus has turned to who will make a name for themselves this time. Could City Futsal from Dallas, USA take a step forward and convert their two 3rd place finishes last year in Cadete and Juvenil into something greater? The same for Manchester Futsal who finished 3rd on their debut in the Infantil category. Could their be a new debutant that surprises everyone? Will we see the return to domination for the mighty FC Barcelona? They are by far the most successful club in the history of the competition but took only one winners trophy last year.
Time will tell. If you want to have the opportunity to compete and put yourself in the spotlight then there are few remaining places still available but they will not be there for long. Apply now at USAFutsal.com/WorldFutsalCup.
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.”
Olé Futsal Academy from London, England are carrying out their final preparations before their second appearance at the World Futsal Cup. There they will face the likes of FC Barcelona from Spain and Santos of Brazil.
The academy was formed in 2014 by Alfie Brooks, who played for Chelsea as a youth player before a serious injury led to him to become involved in coaching. Later, he discovered futsal and seeing it’s potential created the academy for players between 4-16 years old.
Brooks described the World Futsal Cup as 'a fantastic and unrivalled event'. "We are delighted to be welcomed back for the second year running. Participating in a competition involving some of the best youth teams across the world is an incredible honour. For Olé to be spoken about in the same breathe as the likes of Barcelona and Santos is a motivation within itself.”
In last year’s edition they had a tough experience playing against one of the world’s best youth systems in FC Barcelona. However, Brooks recognises the unique benefits that can only come from testing themselves against this level of opponent, both for players and the coaches.
“I learnt a lot from the likes of Barcelona and El Pozo Murcia, particularly the intensity levels both these teams play at whilst in and out of possession of the ball. The intensity level is 50%-60% higher than anything I have witnessed in England.”
He continued to discuss how worthwhile their debut at the world´s premier youth futsal championship was. “It didn’t stop there, comparing Academy Football/Futsal in England, the Spanish are far more advanced technically and especially tactically. It opened my eyes last year and gave me a sense of realisation of how good you actually need to be as a player. A majority of this success should be credited to the coaching model and coaches ability to provide accurate detail in Spain.”
Since their first experience at the event they have had a year to work on those areas that were identified as needing improvement last time around. ”The standard of the Academy continues to grow on a regular basis, I don’t think it's too unreasonable to think with the valuable experience Olé has gained that over the coming years we can compete with some of the most renowned Academies across the World.”
And there is a long term vision for the academy supported by a thorough and ambitious strategy.. “Plans are in place to hopefully take the Academy to the next level. Building a purpose built Futsal facility; 'Fingers crossed’ this is not in the too distant future, continuing to create a loyal fanbase from the bottom up and to produce players that make a professional living through either Football/Futsal are essential yet reasonable long term targets of the Academy. “
The vision in the founder’s mind that is driving the academy forward is crystal clear. “In 10 years time I’d like to be able to say we have accomplished all of the above and that there is a fully functional National League Senior Olé Futsal team.”
Rio Futsal Academy will compete in the World Futsal Cup V between December 28th and 30th after a historic campaign at the World Futsal Championships earlier in the year. This will be an even tougher test for the boys from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The club is a compilation of players from various teams, many well known such as Vasco de Gama, Flamengo and Fluminense. In this upcoming competition held near Barcelona they will compete in four age categories. There they will face clubs such as FC Barcelona, fellow countrymen Santos and other teams from across the world.
However, they should have nothing to fear. At the World Futsal Championships in Orlando they claimed the title in all three categories they entered. To claim both titles in the same year would be a feat no club have achieved in the history of the game.
Check out Australia's Bundaberg Wildcats with the FC Barcelona Pro Futsal Team! After watching a private training session, the Aussies got to meet and greet the team, get some autographs and this amazing photo! We are so grateful to FC Barcelona for giving USA Futsal and the World Futsal Cup this great opportunity. It's our mission to spread Futsal to across the globe, and share as many different educational perspectives as we can. For more information about special opportunities for your team at the next World Futsal Cup, email us today: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so happy to publish the 2015 World Futsal Cup final results! For 3 days, teams from the United States, England, Australia, South Korea, Spain, France, Costa Rica, and Brasil, battled vigorously for the World Futsal Cup. As an organization, we are honored and proud of the top level talent, professionalism and showmanship displayed by each team. We can't wait to see what the 2016 World Futsal Cup brings....Hope to see you there!
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.
The World Futsal Cup takes place annually in Barcelona, Spain. Teams from over 10 countries and 3 continents have competed in the tournament during its 3 year history. The World Futsal Cup is known globally as the most prestigious youth showcase tournament, featuring clubs like FC Barcelona, Carlos Barbosa (Spain), Benfica (Portugal) as well as teams from the United States, England, Holland, Italy and more.
VIP guests have included:
Paco Sedano - GK for FC Barcelona
Igor - Ala for FC Barcelona
Raul Estévez - Player Agent for Ricardinho, Fernandão, Miguelín and more..
Antonio Dario - VP of the Italian Serie A
Tino Perez - former coach of Dinamo Moscow and Playas de Castellón
Carmine Tarantini - U-17 Head Coach of the Italian National Team
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The players of several teams competing in the World Futsal Cup were lucky enough to be able to watch the legendary futsal team Inter MoviStar practice. The teams got to witness what it takes to be professional futsal player. The World Futsal Cup players were privy to unique training styles and drills and benefited greatly from the experience. The youth teams even got the chance to meet the players of Inter MoviStar including star player Ricardinho.