Road to the World Futsal Championships

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Leo Meireles

United Futsal Association

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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.”


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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

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


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


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


United Futsal

Open Position: Creative Lead

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular


This role is focused on but not limited to providing content and marketing support for the following events:

  1. World Futsal Cup
  2. World Futsal Championships
  3. Elite96
  4. Top 12 Experience (North America, Oceania, Brazil)

The Creative Lead helps define and drive the design process moving from insights to ideas, threading design and business thinking together to deliver solutions from concept to launch. You will bring a sense of vision, strategy, and a strong and unique point of view and will challenge design boundaries to create work that stands out in a meaningful and impactful way.

Creative Leads work in a very collaborative way among internal teams such and will identify strategic opportunities where design makes a difference, establish design directions that inspire and infuse projects with deeper meaning and authentic stories.

This role is responsible for developing engaging strategy and marketing articles for various  advertising, events, and other marketing materials.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develops concepts, writes scripts and directs the creative execution of video and online campaigns and assures seamless production of quality results.
  • Manages budgets and timelines to assure that productions and designs are completed on time and within budget.
  • Meets routinely with manager to review current tasks and assignments. Assists in allocating resources as needed to support marketing operations.
  • Maintains accurate, well-organized, up to date files.
  • Organizes, prioritizes and expedites own work flow and uses independent judgment.
  • Recognizes routine problems and recommends suggestions, ideas and solutions.
  • Plans, develops, and writes compelling, engaging content for web articles, ads, and other marketing materials.
  • Takes responsibility for the timely delivery of assignments, as well as making sure all required approvals have been acquired.
  • Ensures all submitted work is on strategy, on schedule, and up to a high-quality bar.
  • Maintains strong and frequent communication with other departments, especially website developers and designers.
  • May be asked to perform other varied functions.


  • Spanish required, Portuguese a bonus.
  • B.A. or B.S. (or equivalent) in design, film, photography, television, news, or related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  •  Minimum of 1-3 years of relevant work experience or equivalent combination or training and relevant work experience.
  • Must be willing to travel regularly for client meetings and other creative services.
  • Proven experience as a digital video storyteller with strong camera and editing skills.
  • Experienced with Adobe Creative Suite: Premier, Photoshop, Illustrator.
  • Wordpress proficiency.
  • Demo reel is required.
  • Ability to prioritize and address multiple projects with varying production timelines.
  • Experienced in still photography preferred but not required.
  • Must be a highly-motivated self-starter; able to work well alone and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Good communication, interpersonal and computer skills.
  • Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • Must have excellent skills in planning and writing marketing content.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously with strong attention to detail.
  • Must enjoy a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and frequent high-peak times.
  • Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be trustworthy with highly confidential materials.
  • Must be detail oriented and well organized.


To Apply

Please email your resume to [email protected] along with 3 references.

Open Position: Billing Coordinator

Billing Coordinator

Position Type: Part-Time/Regular


This role is responsible for providing administrative oversight of daily billing operations for the following events:
  1. World Futsal Cup
  2. World Futsal Championships
  3. Elite96
  4. Top 12 Experience

The Billing Coordinator ensures timely billing/collections and revenue maximization, by standardizing charge submission process. In addition, the coordinator helps develop policies and procedures, implements new processes and monitors compliance to established guidelines.


Job Responsibilities:
  • Meets routinely with manager to review current tasks and assignments. Assists in allocating resources as needed to support operations.
  • Resolves all complaints and problems using independent judgment and decision making skills to ensure client satisfaction and adherence to billing standards.
  • Receives, compiles, organizes and consolidates data from varied sources.
  • Maintains accurate, well-organized, up to date files for retrieval of needed documentation.
  • Compiles daily data as requested and reports to appropriate parties.
  • Monitor weekly invoice submission volume, weekly charges posted, daily cash, incomplete charges, denials, collection reports, refunds, etc. Develops dashboard to track these indicators and conduct routine meetings with managers to discuss the results of these indicators and redirect staff efforts as needed.
  • Organizes, prioritizes and expedites own work flow and uses independent judgment.
  • Recognizes routine problems and recommends suggestions, ideas and solutions.
  • Meets or exceeds internal standards for accuracy and timeliness in invoice preparation and submission.
  • Helps identify and quantify operational deficiencies that may be adversely impacting billing systems issues, process issues in other areas, and assists in finding solutions to these issues.
  • Provides excellent and timely customer service support.
  • May be asked to perform other varied functions.


  • Preferred Bachelors degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Finance or a related field.
  • Spanish and Portuguese a bonus.
  •  Minimum of 1-3 years of relevant work experience or equivalent combination or training and relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of Freshbooks preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills are required for this role.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Good communication, interpersonal and computer skills.
  • Must have the skills necessary to operate the office equipment required to fulfill job duties.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with customers and staff.
  • Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.

To Apply:

Please email your resume to [email protected] along with 3 references.

Open Position: Tournament Director, World Futsal Championships

Tournament Director

Position Type: Part-Time/Event Based

The Tournament Director manages staff for the World Futsal Championships to ensure exceptional service is provided to coaches, players and spectators.

Reports directly to the President.

This is a hands-on position. The Tournament Director must be a leader and set an example for his team to follow. This position uses independent judgement to produce creative and effective solutions while successfully managing the tournament.

The Tournament Director will be fully responsible for managing a tournament venue, including the oversight of part-time event staff.

The Tournament Director has a passion for futsal and understands the importance of outstanding customer service. He/She is an enthusiastic professional with the ability to build relationships with internal teams and customers.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Fully responsible for managing a tournament venue, including the oversight of part-time event staff.
  • Checking in teams prior to their participation to ensure that they comply with the participation rules for that tournament.
  • Accountable for keeping games on schedule and handling on-site questions & issues.
  • Responsible for pre-event setup as well as post-event breakdown, posting game scores in real time, and an immense understanding of playoff scenarios within divisions and pools.
  • Ensuring the duties of officials are being adequately covered.
  • Communication with coaches, players and fans.
  • Handing out trophies or other awards.
  • Assists in allocating resources as needed to support event.
  • Performs duties as assigned including facilitating operations, responding to problems, and ensuring all aspects of events are implemented and controlled according to plans.
  • Represents UNITED FUTSAL in a liaison capacity.



  • Spanish and Portuguese bonus but not required.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills are required for this role.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Good communication, interpersonal and computer skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with customers and staff.
  • Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • General knowledge of event planning strategies, processes, and available resources.
  • Exceptional organizational skills; self-starter with distinct attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects while maintaining quality and customer service focus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.


To Apply

Please email your resume to [email protected] along with 3 references.

With dominant Barça and Santos making a double, World Futsal Cup VI has the great champions

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Finals are always amazing games and the decisions of the World Futsal Cup VI, played on this Saturday, didn’t disappoint. We had high scores, tight games, penalty shootout and many good plays.

FC Barcelona, with four titles, was the great winner of this edition, having raised the cup in the categories Alevin, Infantil, Cadete and Juvenil.

In the Benjamin, the champion was Santos, who participated in the competition for the second consecutive year and conquered the trophy again.

See the summary for each category:


Santos did not take notice of City and was already to the halftime winning by 7-1. The pace decreases in the second stage, but the commanders of Felipe Sá still scored three more goals and won by 10-1.

The Brazilian team had the MVP of the competition (Renan) and the goalscorer (Eduardo and Pedro Henrique) of the category.


Many turns, speed and excitement. Thus was the duel between FC Barcelona and Olé Futsal. The English team went ahead early but took the equalizer and saw the home team turn 2-1 before the break.

In the second stage, two goals from Olé in sequence left the gym in ecstasy, but Barça did not collapse and turned again, winning by 6-4.


The first 10 minutes were balanced but soon FC Barcelona had the control and went into the break winning the Rose City 4-0.

In the second stage, the American team created beautiful plays and scored once, but the day was of the Catalans, who confirmed victory by 7-1.


The most exciting game of the day. Rio de Janeiro played closed on defense for 40 minutes with an impressive application, and made life difficult for FC Barcelona, who found themselves behind the scoring in a throw of stopped ball.

The tie of the home team also occurred for a stopped ball, and so we went to the penalties. After two errors of one side and one mistake from another, Barça won by 4-3.


As they do in the entire championship, the Futsal City Atlas has shown its engaging game with many skilled players. With that, they opened the scoring and had good moments in the match.

However, FC Barcelona were more consistent and with great performance of their player with the shirt number 10, won by 6-3, winning the Tetra of the World Futsal Cup VI.

Individual awards

Best goalkeeper: Elijah Gradilla (City Futsal)
Top Scorer: Eduardo and Pedro Henrique (Santos)
MVP: Renan (Santos)

Best goalkeeper: Gerard Alvarez Cambini (FC Barcelona)
Top Scorer: Jordi Sanchez (FC Barcelona)
MVP: Prince (Olé Futsal)

Best goalkeeper: Pau Lopez (FC Barcelona)
Top Scorer: Marc Paterna and Adrian Tapas (FC Barcelona)
MVP: Kieran Halsinger (Rose City)

Best goalkeeper: Marc Vesteen (Rose City)
Top Scorer: Keller Storie (Rose City) and Mauricio Melo (Rio)
MVP: Victor Cabo (FC Barcelona)

Best goalkeeper: Carlos Zarbaburu (Alianza)
Top Scorer: Guilherme Sanchez (C5 Action)
MVP: Anderson Castro (Atlas)

With FC Barcelona in four finals and five countries represented, World Futsal Cup VI knows the finalists

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The morning of this Friday was of definition for the finalists of the World Futsal Cup VI. The home team FC Barcelona won all their matches and will be in four finals this Saturday.

The teams that came to the decision also prove what this competition is. There are five countries represented in the finals. Spain, Brazil (Rio Futsal and Santos), United States (Rose City and City Futsal), England (Olé Futsal) and Colombia (Futsal City Atlas).

See the summary for each category:


Santos quickly opened 2-0 and had control of the game against Olé Futsal. The Brazilian team showed again their great technique and, with good plays of stopped ball, beat the English team by 5-2.

The emotion was more present in the other semifinal. The Brazilian Sports & Cia started well and opened two difference goals (3-1 and 4-2). However, City Futsal never gave up and got the turn, winning by 5-4 with great saves of his goalkeeper in the final minutes.


Both semifinals were balanced, going into the halftime at 1-1. In the second half, FC Barcelona started very well and opened the score, winning by 5 -2.

On the other hand, BNW Boys were very closed in the defense, but after so much pressure Olé Futsal scored twice and won by 3-1.


FC Barcelona did not take note of Dina Moscow and won by 11-0. The big advantage was opened in the first half when the home team made eight goals in a row.

With good ball possession and a lot of speed, Rose City beat Futsal Dinamo by 4-1 and went to the decision. The Portland team controlled the duel, which was 2-0 until the final minutes.


The Japanese Badral /RAD started the game well and lost some clear goals. When FC Barcelona went ahead, however, it was very effective and therefore opened a big advantage, winning by 9-2.

The Brazilians from Rio de Janeiro scored two goals in three minutes and with that they had the control of the game, coming to another decision after the victory of 5-2.


Perhaps the great surprise of the competition, Futsal City Atlas once again showed the skills and speed. The Colombian team fight against the hard Dina Moscow but beat the Russian team 5-3.

In the other semifinal, the Brazilians of C5 Action made a balanced start against FC Barcelona, but the Spanish took more advantage of the offensive plays and won by 6-3.

Silver Division

In the afternoon, we had the finals of Silver Division. Pescadola Machida, from Japan, was the champion of Juvenil with a great win by 8-1 against Alianza. In the Alevin, City Futsal beat Blaby Bullets by 4-3 with great saves of goalkeeper João Paulo. In the Benjamin, we had an emotional game between Carlisle and Artos, with a winning of the English of Carlisle by 4-3.

Alianza won in the Cadete, beating Peninsula by 4-2. To finish, the FS5 Academy won against Canet by 5-1 in the Infantil category.

Fans are prized with 428 goals on the Thursday of World Futsal Cup VI

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A whole day of games and many, many goals. More precisely, 428 balls in the net we had in this this Thursday of the World Futsal Cup VI, with two rounds that began at 9am and ended at 9pm.

On Friday, we will have the semifinals. Top rankings make the Gold semifinals, while the worst runners make the Silver semifinals. Finalists begin to be set at 9am.

Santos (Benjamin), Sports & Cia (Benjamin), Olé Futsal (Alevin), FC Barcelona (Infantil), Futsal Dinamo (Infantil), FC Barcelona (Cadete), Rio Futsal (Cadete) and C5 Action with the only one with 100% of the points.

Pedro Henrique (13 goals - Santos - Benjamin), Ian Charles (9 goals - BNW Boys - Alevin), Mauricio Melo (12 goals - Rio Futsal - Cadet) and Guilherme Sanches (10 goals - C5 Action - Juvenil) are the goalscorers of the respective tournaments. In the Infantil, we have four players tied with five goals each.

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Morning results:

Carlisle 2 x 0 Blanesport
Artos 0 x 23 Sports & Cia
Ole Futsal 10 x 1 Canet
Santos 11 x 1 City Futsal

Blanesport 1 x 10 Olé Futsal
City Futsal 0 x 4 Hyper DC
Blaby Bullets 2 x 8 FC Barcelona
Nagoya Oceans 1 x 5 BNW Boys

Dina Moscow 5 x 2 Blanesport
FS5 1 X 12 FC Barcelona
Rose City 6 x 2 Melbourne Brazil
Futsal Dinamo 6 x 3 Canet

Barcelona 11 x 0 Galaxy
Rose City 6 x 3 Peninsula
Badral 3 x 1 Alianza
Rio Futsal 31 x 2 Blanesport

C5 Action 24 x 0 Blanesport
Pescadola Machida 5 x 5 Dina Moscow
FC Barcelona 15 x 0 Freelance Futsal
Futsal City Atlas 10 x 1 Alianza

Afternoon results:

City Futsal 8 x 1 Blanesport
Carlisle 1 x 20 Santos
Artos 1 x 14 Olé Futsal
Canet 0 x 16 Sports & Cia

Nagoya Oceans 1 x 8 Blaby Bullets
City Futsal 6 x 3 Blanesport
FC Barcelona 4 x 4 BNW Boys
Ole Futsal 6 x 1 Hyper DC

FS5 1 X 5 Rose City
Dina Moscow 2 x 3 Futsal Dinamo
Canet 5 x 3 Blanesport
Melbourne 0 x 17 FC Barcelona

Rio Futsal 5 x 1 Badral/RAD
Alianza 8 x 1 Blanesport
Peninsula 4 x 0 Galaxy
FC Barcelona 9 x 0 Rose City

Barcelona 3 x 3 Futsal City Atlas
Freelance Futsal 4 x 4 Alianza
C5 Action 2 x 0 Pescadola Machida
Blanesport 2 x 19 Dina Moscow

What a day! The World Futsal Cup have started with great games at Ciutat Esportiva Blanes

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The wait is over: finally the World Futsal Cup VI started. All the 40 clubs played this Wednesday at Ciutat Esportiva Blanes, with a round that started at 15h00. During the morning, we had a Coaching Seminar provided by Xavi Closas, coach of FC Barcelona B.

We had great games at the six courts of Spanish Complex, with a lot of good plays and beautiful goals from clubs of Brazil, Spain, England, USA, Colombia, Croatia, Russia, Japan and Australia.

This Thursday, the round starts at 9:00 and we will have the entire days of matches, which will qualify the teams for the Gold or the Silver finals.

Here is the results of this Wednesday:



Blanesport 1 x 13 Santos

Canet 0 x 2 Artos

City Futsal 13 x 2 Carlisle

Sports & Cia 9 x 2 Ole Futsal


BNW Boys 9 x 2 Blaby Bullets

Hyper DC 9 x 1 Blanesport

FC Barcelona 9 x 0 Nagoya Oceans

Ole Futsal 6 x 0 City Futsal


FC Barcelona 7 x 3 Rose City

Blanesport 1 x 5 Futsal Dinamo

Canet 3 x 7 Dina Moscow

Melbourne 2 x 6 FS5 Academy


Galaxy FC 0 x 8 Rose City Futsal

Blanesport 1 x 9 Badral/RAD

Peninsula 0 x 14 FC Barcelona

Alianza 1 x 3 Rio Futsal


Blanesport 1 x 15 Pescadola Machida

Freelance Futsal 0 x 13 Futsal City Atlas

Dina Moscow 2 x 5 C5 Action

Alianza 0 x 7 FC Barcelona

Peninsula Futsal ready to conquer Europe

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The World Futsal Cup VI will take place in Spain this December and will feature teams from countries like Brazil, Spain and England. Among them is Peninsula Futsal, a club that has impressed their Australia with their impressive track record.

The Queensland club is affiliated with the Soccer Federation of Australia and became state champions this year after winning 32 of 40 major tournament matches in two of the biggest tournaments in the country (National FutsalOz Club and the Craig Foster International Cup).

The club was created to give each player on the Peninsula and surrounding suburbs an easy access to a fast paced indoor activity suitable to players of all ages and abilities. Peninsula Futsal also organizes tournaments based in the Redcliffe Peninsula and which covers Scarborough, Redcliffe, Clontarf, Kippa-Ring, Woody Point, Rothwell, Deception Bay, Mango Hill, North Lakes, Brighton, Sandgate and Shorncliffe.

"This will be Peninsula's first time competing at the World Futsal Cup. Even though they are a relatively new club, they have a lot of success in Australia and we know there is a lot of great work going on there. I look forward to seeing them compete against the best in the world and I am sure they will do well," said Doug Reed, Tournament Director of World Futsal Cup VI.

The challenge in Spain

Peninsula’s next challenge is in Europe where they will face teams like FC Barcelona, Badral/RAD (Japan) and some of the best American teams.

The same squad that will compete in Spain was invited to attend the V-Power Futsal Cup in Santorini, competition which will bring together talented young athletes from over 200 countries.

In Australia, Peninsula Futsal has already made history. Now, it’s time to conquer Europe, starting with World Futsal Cup VI.