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.