Road to the World Futsal Championships

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Leo Meireles

United Futsal Association

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WORLD FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO HOST FIRST REGIONAL QUALIFIER SERIES

22 Qualifiers from across the world will help place the teams in the 2019 tournament

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (20 September 2018) – United Futsal Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the game of futsal (a sport similar to soccer played mainly indoors with five players per side) around the world, today announced that the first-ever World Futsal Championships Regional Qualifier Series will be held in conjunction with Global Premier Soccer and the United States Specialty Sports Association.

The series of tournaments will serve as a pathway to define the field each year in the AAU World Futsal Championships located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla., each July. The partnership with GPS ensures quality competition and tournament organization at each of our International Qualifiers while sanctioning through USSSA will ensure each domestic qualifier is sanctioned officially to the US Soccer Federation, run according to FIFA standards and each athlete and coach are insured for the duration of the competition.

The 2014 World Futsal Championships featured 50 youth teams and 12 adult teams.  Five years later, the tournament has doubled with over 100 teams from around the world. The 6th Edition will feature a United Futsal Association International Futsal Coaching Symposium and a Referee Certification Course, all against the backdrop of the Disney World theme park.

GPS National Tournament Director, James Hamblin, says “We are thrilled to be partners with both U5A and USSSA to provide a national platform of competitive futsal qualifiers that leads into the World Futsal Championships. We feel these qualifiers will bring the best futsal teams together in the US who will eventually compete with international teams as they qualify for the main event at Disney."

 

The AAU World Futsal Championships will again be held in front of famous coaches, international scouts and professional futsal players from around the world, eager to see the top futsal teams in the world compete. In previous editions, FC Barcelona, CR Flamengo, and world famous futsal players Falcão and Ricardinho have featured at the event.

“This partnership is the perfect storm between leaders in their respective industries,” said Rob Andrews, President of the United Futsal Association. “It will lead to more opportunities for more players in more locations around the world than ever before, and that is great news for futsal.”

Futsal is a variation of the game of soccer with five players per side.  The game is played primarily indoors on a surface without walls or boards that is slightly larger than a basketball court.  Unlimited substitutions are allowed during a match and there is no penalty for offsides.  In futsal, a goal is scored every six minutes and a shot is taken an average of every 43 seconds.

Futsal was created in Uruguay in the 1930’s.  It is the only indoor soccer game recognized by FIFA, and is played by more than 180 of the federation’s 209 member associations.  The sport has a large and passionate following worldwide, with many top professional soccer players such as Pele, Ronaldo and Messi crediting their experience playing futsal with helping to develop their footwork, ball control and decision making.

“Over the past 15 years we have facilitated growth for the game of Futsal throughout the country” stated Craig Scriven, Vice President of USSSA. “We’re excited to now work with U5A and GPS in continuing to grow the game and provide a quality product both on and off the court.”

 

For more information on the Road to the World Futsal Championships, please visit https://worldfutsalchampionships.com/qualifiers

About United Futsal Association

United Futsal Association is an organization dedicated to connecting Americans to the world’s fastest-growing sport through education, events and experiences that foster awareness, understanding and a passion for the game of futsal. Learn more at www.unitedfutsal.com

About Global Premier Soccer

Global Premier Soccer (GPS) are one of the largest and most successful soccer organizations in North America, providing player development programming in twenty-six States across the USA as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, England and Spain. Learn more at www.globalpremiersoccer.com

 

About United States Specialty Sports Association

USSSA is the largest multi-sport sanctioning body of sports in the country, with over 4.5 million members, and a member of United States Soccer Federation. The organization mission is to develop and expand the game of soccer and Futsal in the United States. Learn more at www.usssa.com

 


United Futsal Association Announced

Dear Futsal Family,

USA Futsal was created in 2010 to help grow the sport of futsal in the United States. Now, five years later, it is time for us to grow as well.

Through our World Futsal Cup, Top 12 Program, Elite 96 and World Futsal Championships, we’ve met players and fans, coaches and referees, directors of club and national organizations from all across the world. We’ve done a lot of listening. Whether during halftime of an FC Barcelona futsal match or over nachos at the ESPN Grill at Walt Disney World, we have heard each one of you loud and clear. It turns out that the members of our international futsal family are facing many of the same challenges we set out to solve here at home just five years ago.

You have told us that there are not enough:

  • High level competitive events for youth and amateur players
  • Experiences where players from around the world can train under professional coaches
  • Educational resources for coaches and referees to utilize to improve
  • Strategic campaigns to raise awareness, generate support and attract funding worldwide

This is why we have decided to become the United Futsal Association.

Our previous name sought to unite organizations from across the United States. Our next objective will be to unite the players, coaches, referees, fans and organizations who support them from around the world.

We hope to create one strong and united voice in order to enable futsal to grow to its full potential worldwide, not just here in the United States. We have not just rebranded, but also restructured our organization to be able to support you whether you are based in the US or abroad. In the coming weeks and months, we will be announcing publicly many of the components we have been putting in place over the past year to make this transition a reality.

Some we can announce today are:

  • We now have over 50% of our events taking place outside the United States
  • We now have staff in five continents to work with you no matter where you are
  • We are now able to communicate with you fluently in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

While our name is changing, you can expect the same level of professionalism, execution and desire to collaborate we have always demonstrated. Now, we’re ready to do it on a global scale.

Join us.

 

 

 

 

Rob Andrews

President

United Futsal


Futsal City Atlas puts Colombia on the map at World Futsal Cup VI

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Every winter, the World Futsal Cup brings teams and athletes from all over the world to its home town of Blanes in the Spanish coast. This year’s tournament will feature a new team from Colombia who will become the first to represent the country at the tournament.

Its name is Futsal City Atlas.

Since 2016, it has won impressive titles in Brazil, Paraguay and England. The team was founded in 2015 to represent Bogota in a national tournament. Futsal City Atlas then competed a South American Championship in Brazil in 2016 and became part of the Colombian national team.

The trailblazer team then took their talents to Paraguay last season where they won the world title. This year, they played a Gatorade tournament in London.

After going up against Spain, Mexico, Italy and France, they beat El Salvador and won the title, winning a trip to Cardiff, where they watched the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus.

Now, the team's focus is World Futsal Cup VI. Coach David Jimenez knows the challenges that his club will face, as they take on seasoned teams but his players are ready.

“They are training 4 days a week, competing in league tournaments in Bogota on weekends", said Jimenez. "They know they will face the best in the world and this is what fuels them."

Principles To Win

Futsal City Atlas has two non-negotiable principles that are taught to players: “Esfuerzo perfecto (perfect effort)” and “disciplina tactica (tactic discipline)”. These are meant to remind players what they're training for.

“Esfuerzo perfecto is one of the club's mottos. It is meant to remind the players of the sacrifice they have to make (like getting up early, doing homework and then coming to train when they're tired)." said Jimenez.

The quality of the team’s regiment and their desire to success was noticed by Sergio Arboleda University and together, they have established a partnership that will benefit the University and players.

As part of their agreement, the team will represent the University at the World Futsal Cup VI and the players will have access to a futsal scholarship.

The titles, international championships and union with the University are all a testament to the booming success of Futsal City Atlas . When we asked Coach Jimenez how they did it, he explained it began with a dream.

“I think that we must dream, but also we need to work to achieve these dreams. When we started, was a dream to represent our city. We dreamed, worked and achieved that. A lot of people said that we wouldn't get here, but we put in the effort and had success,” concluded the coach.

Futsal City Atlas made history in Colombia and they are just getting started. See them prove themselves at the World Futsal Cup VI.


Rio Futsal Aim For Record Breaking Year

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.


UNITED FUTSAL & FutsalStat Agree Partnership for World Futsal Championship

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 UNITED 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 ([email protected]) of FutsalStat was equally pleased to be working together. “We know UNITED 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 Camps finished

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.

 
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PFL International Challenge Powered by UNITED FUTSAL Make Futsal History (VIA FUTSAL FOCUS)

The Professional Futsal League International Challenge Powered by UNITED FUTSAL made Futsal history this past weekend in Texas, USA. A crowd of 5,179 – the largest-ever crowd to watch futsal in the U.S. – filled the Dr. Pepper Arena.

See more at: http://www.futsalfocus.net/news.html?newsId=198&type=Global#sthash.N5nexdAW.dpuf


Meet The First American To Get A Pro Contract In Spain (Via Futsal Focus)

David Dodge recently became the first American to sign a professional futsal contract in Spain! The UNITED FUTSAL product is set to finish the 2014/2015 with Rivas 95 of the Spanish Segunda B Division. Rivas 95 currently sits in 1st place at the mid-year break and seeks to be promoted to the LNFS 2nd Division at the end of the year.

See more at www.futsalfocus.net/news