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.
It’s not only boys that will show their skills and compete in the World Futsal Championships. The girls are ready to impress at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and one team from New York sees this tournament, which will take place between July 31st and August 3rd, as a great personal development experience.
Chica’s Girls, from Queens – NYC, is a non-profit organization founded in January for girls who aren’t fortunate to play for the big academies.
“Me and my husband asked ourselves: how can we help these young ladies achieve their dreams of making it to an academy and hopefully a great college?, Sports and women aren't as common as they should be. Our community does not offer soccer and futsal for girls within the ages 13 to 17, most teams are very far and others aren't affordable”, explained Leslie Calderon, founder of the club.
At Disney they will play in the Cadete category with a squad who plays together or against each other since the age of 8 and, as the founder revealed, is like a family.
“We want Chica’s Girls to be recognized for their talent and their values. As I mentioned earlier opportunities like these aren't offered to girls in our community and we want to not only expose ourselves, but also to let everyone including young girls know that anyone can make it if you put your minds to it, as long as there’s commitment and dedication. I really like this event as it is extremely organized and gives the girls the opportunity to meet and play against teams across the country,” said Leslie.
Currently Leslie and her husband fund all the club financial needs. They are searching for some fundraisers to help pay for tournament fees, uniforms and equipment, and also start a Go Fund Me campaign to help with their travel to Orlando. Here is the link if you want to donate
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!
We are Futsal!
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/
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/
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.
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!
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!
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!