FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – COLUMBUS FUTSAL RECEIVES U.S. YOUTH FUTSAL SANCTION

Columbus Futsal League and Academy Receives Sanction from  United States Youth Futsal an Affiliate of U.S. Soccer
“We welcome you as a member league of United States Youth Futsal. We are very optimistic about the skills, experience and enthusiasm you bring to developing an organization in your area.”
COLUMBUS, OHIO, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2016 – Shortly before celebrating 10 years of play in the Columbus area, we received the big news! On June 25th, United States Youth Futsal welcomed the Columbus Futsal League as one of their newest sanctioned leagues! After months of perseverance this was a huge honor not only for our club but for our love of the game and dedication to player development in central Ohio. U.S. Youth Futsal is the largest youth futsal organization in the country with more than 100 local leagues, Futsal I.D. for Youth National teams, 8 Regional championships and 1 National championship.
Starting this November we will launch the Columbus Futsal League, Central Ohio’s premier competitive futsal league sanctioned by U.S. Youth Futsal & U.S. Adult Futsal! It will feature youth and adult divisions for boys, girls, club and rec level teams–U8 through High School, men’s open and women’s open. With high-quality officiating, fair and balanced competition, superior facilities and outstanding service we hope to keep coaches, players and parents involved year after year. Recently, U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy are mandating futsal as a component of their player development initiative.There are no walls in futsal. Accurate passing and speed of play are key, unlike rebounds and wall-based techniques used in indoor soccer, which are not part of the outdoor game. It is also a lot safer and you will be getting roughly 500 touches in an hour of play. We hope to see a lot clubs add futsal to their winter training with us this year. An outdoor coach can coach his or her same team in the futsal league, which will only strengthen team chemistry come Spring. The deadline to register your team is October 15th, 2016! Teams can play in two different sessions November – March 2017 with the Ohio Futsal Cup coinciding. Select players from the league may be called upon to represent Columbus Futsal Academy at regional and national events. You can read more information about the league and register your teams here. Clinic tryouts for the Columbus Futsal Academy are 9/10-9/11 and 9/17-9/18. We are ready to get Columbus playing futsal!

What is futsal and why should you play it? Futsal is not new. Futsal originated in South America and is a major cultural staple in these regions, as well as, a globally recognized sport with over 25 million players. With the rising popularity in the United States it has been noted as having the tactics of basketball, the speed of hockey, and requires foot skills similar to soccer, but better. As stated by USYF, “Futsal is recognized as the best option for player development. It is especially great for improving speed of play, technical skills, decision-making and fitness”. Futsal is the only indoor game approved by FIFA. It is played on a hard court surface (roughly 20mX40m) with small goals. There are four players and one goalkeeper with unlimited substitutions. Throw-ins are replaced by kick-ins. Goalkeepers use their hands for goal kicks. After five team fouls, players can kick without a defensive wall from the 10m penalty mark. Two referees control the game assisted by a third and a timekeeper. The game lasts two periods of 20 minutes. The result: great skills, fantastic goals, pure football, pure FUN! With the FIFA Futsal World Cup beginning September 10th and the Professional Futsal League launching in the U.S. in 2018 it’s easy to see why this technical, quick-paced game is on the rise. Once you experience futsal, you will see the reasons!

Dante Garcia, a leading futsal coach in the state of Ohio and academy director for Columbus Futsal, is pleased to announce a new league in Columbus. The Columbus Futsal League will showcase U.S. Soccer referees specifically certified for futsal officiating, along with official futsal-sized courts hosted by the best indoor sports facilities in our area. Here is what he had to say about the upcoming league: “I am very excited to kick-off the 2016-2017 season and we look forward to seeing all the club teams play futsal with us this year. I’m sure you may know, futsal is a great tool for young soccer players but when played correctly the results can be even more beneficial! This is not a kick-around league and by playing in our league, athletes have opportunities to be selected to play at the regional, national, and international levels. It’s going to be fast and it’s going to be FUN!” He also stated how important futsal is as a training catalyst for soccer, “I’m just really looking forward to a new era of soccer players throughout Ohio and the United States. Futsal played the correct way is so important to player development. Back when I was a kid, I was playing kick-the-can with all my friends and I wish we had a league like this to flourish in.”

Over the summer, young athletes, U10-U18, traveled to Colombia to play futsal under the direction of USYFNT. U.S. Youth Futsal’s National Teams recorded an aggregate 13-4-1 record during three days of competition against top Colombian teams, scoring 98 goals and allowing just 48. Click here to read more about their successful trip.
About Columbus Futsal
Since its beginning in 2006, Columbus Futsal has provided street soccer, urban futsal, and futsal pick-up games for the community. Columbus Futsal & Street Soccer Academy provides youth development for nearly 200 boys and girls in the central Ohio area and is the largest, most renowned futsal academy in Columbus. This includes experienced futsal specific coaching, inner-academy play, select travel teams and more. Columbus Futsal Sparta, our top competitive men’s team, are the 2016 undefeated USYF championship team in the Great Lakes Region. This achievement earned the team a bid for the United States Adult Futsal (USAF) National tournament. USAF Nationals were held in April 2016, where Columbus placed third. Our goal at Columbus Futsal is to provide our city with a positive futsal culture, build safe places to play, and promote futsal in its purest form while keeping kids healthy, happy, and active and conveying them with the opportunities to play at a high-level.
Media Contact:
Dante Garcia
President, CEO
Phone: 614-743-7791
dantegarcia@columbusfutsal.com

Malissa Galiffo Garcia
Vice President, COO
Phone: 614-769-1276
info@columbusfutsalleague.com

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER – SUMMER 2016

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER!
  • Adult Pick-up EVERY Wednesday 7:30pm- 9:30pm @ Tuttle Park (please donate $5.00 to the Columbus Futsal Foundation)
  • Annual Court Clean-Up! – Court Clean Up & Street Soccer – May 30th 1pm-4pm Tuttle Park, Columbus, Ohio
  • KICK IT 3V3 TOURNAMENT – Hosted by Columbus Futsal – June 4th Spindler Park, Hilliard, Ohio – All ages and divisions
    Register Here
  • Sand Soccer Fundraiser Event – All Day Pass $10/Adults $5/Kids (no cost to CF kids) – Scioto Audubon Metro Park – July 16th 10am-3pm
  • 10 Year Anniversary – Party in the Park – Family, Community
    June 22nd 4pm-8pm Tuttle Park, Columbus, Ohio
  • Residential Camp – Rio Redstorm Soccer Camps – University of Rio Grande Ohio High School Girls – July 10th-13th – $270  OR  High School Boys – July 17th-21st – $305 If interested please sign up and register with Coach Dante.
  • Night Owl Tournament – TBD date – under that lights at Tuttle Park
  • Friendly with Ginga Touch Academy in Cincinnati – TBD date (possibly July 30th)– includes pelada and tickets to USL FC Cincinnati

 

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ACADEMY & ACADEMY ELITE

Academy Teams – $250 /player – U10-U17  Boys and Girls

Player Selection and Travel Required

Includes:

  • Compete in Ohio Valley Futsal League (Ohio & Kentucky 6/25, 7/9, 7/23)
  • Training 2x/week (June & July)
  • Kick It 3v3 Tournament, June 4th 2016 at Spindler Park Hilliard, Ohio
  • Sand Soccer Fundraiser Event, June 12th 2016 at Scioto Audubon Park, Columbus, Ohio
  • Unlimited Pick-up Games all Summer
  • 10 year anniversary training top

Email Director of Youth Development

*uniform costs separate for Academy and Academy Elite (estimated cost $150 – home & away pkg)

 

Academy Elite Teams – $350/player – U10-U17 Boys & Girls

Tryouts and Travel Required

Includes:

  • Compete in Northern Premier Futsal League (Michigan & Indiana 7/9-10, 7/16-17, 7/23-24)
  • Training 2x/week (June & July)
  • Kick It 3v3 Tournament, June 4th 2016 at Spindler Park Hilliard, Ohio
  • Sand Soccer Fundraiser Event, June 12th 2016 at Scioto Audubon Park, Columbus, Ohio
  • Unlimited Pick-up Games all Summer
  • 10 year anniversary training top

Email Director of Youth Development

*uniform costs separate for Academy and Academy Elite (estimated cost $150 – home & away pkg)

 

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FUTSAL DEVELOPMENT SUMMER SCHOOL

Futsal Development Summer School  U6-U16 Boys & Girls – $175

Includes:

  • Training 2x/week (June & July)
  • Experienced futsal coaching
  • 10 year anniversary training top
  • Summer Street Soccer League
  • Unlimited Summer Pick-up Games
  • Kick It 3v3Tournament, June 4th 2016 at Spindler Park Hilliard, Ohio (this is a fundraiser event hosted by our club, mandatory participation appreciated, fees included)
  • Sand Soccer Fundraiser Event, June 12th 2016 at Scioto Audubon Park, Columbus, Ohio
  • For your future competitive futsal athlete, athletes looking to improve their outdoor game, any child wanting to have fun this Summer!
  • Visit columbusfutsal.com for full details and schedule – first week 5/24 & 5/27 open pick-up play,  second week formal training begins 5/31 and ends 7/31

CLICK HERE TO ENROLL NOW

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Start Smart Futsal!

Start Smart Futsal $75

Start Smart with Futsal! Toddlers ages 3-5 years old will enjoy becoming familiar with the ball at their feet by using balance, coordination, and creativity! This developmentally appropriate program allows parents and children to participate together for 30-45 minutes once a week throughout the end of July. Encourage positive play with fun dribbling obstacles, keep-away games, and shooting goals. This is a great introduction for children to build a life-long passion of the beautiful game! Begins May 30th at 5:30pm, every Monday thru July 31st. Click HERE to enroll.

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Summer Academy Tryouts!


Columbus Futsal & Street Soccer Academy will be holding tryouts for the Northern Futsal Premier league May 14th & 15th, 2016. Tryouts will be held for boys and girls age groups U10 (’05/’06), U12 (’03/’04), U14 (’01/’02), U17 (’98/’99/’00).

Training starts immediately the following week after tryouts. 6-8 games will be played over the month of July. Players will train 2 times per week. Northern Futsal Premier League provides an opportunity to play at a high level against other futsal specific academies from the Midwest. Competition is limited to only 3 weekends in July. The limited schedules allows families and participants more free time over the Summer. Tryouts are no cost to players already part of Columbus Futsal Youth Develpment system.
Locations:
Fort Wayne Weekend 1: July 9th/10th
Grand Rapids -Weekend 2: July 16th/17th
Ann Arbor – Weekend 3: July 23rd/24th

No. 3 in the Nation!

  Columbus Futsal Sparta competed
in the USAF Nationals after earning the positiion from a 1st place finish at
Regionals.  
After a semifinal loss by 1 point, the Sparta journey ended with a 3rd place finish. For the next year they will follow behind ABK Pro and Bosnia as one of the top teams in the Nation!

  
 Not bad for our first ever shot at a National title…

 Braxton- #2 Ala/ Pivo: aka ‘Iron Foot’ this guy can rip shots and block shots the most improved player since regionals! His work rate is endless. Fabio said it best,  “we have our own personal pit bull in the team!”
  Junyor our Captain- #12 Fixo: the leader of our team and quite possibly one of the best Fixo’s in the country!  Super Fabinho -#11 Ala: our MVP when he starts scoring there is no stopping him. 12 goals in 4 games this tournament. There is a running joke throughout the team that Fabio plays with a cigar in hand. When the ball is at his feet he makes things look so easy!
 (Left to right) Dudu- #8 Fixo: intelligent player with all the values of a true leader. Lucas- #00 Goleiro: two words define this man in the goal, penalty stopper! Jefinho- #8 Pivo: an attacker who defends from the front lines. He will do whatever is best for the team. Junyor-#12 Fixo: Captain leading the charge!

   Hard loss by one point in the semi final.

  Thank you to our amazing fans! The atmosphere you create is wonderful.  Thank you for having us USAF
  IRON FOOTUp til 3am washing uniforms, yikes!

  Thank you to our players and all the teams involved for giving your heart and sole to the game of futsal! Pre game motivation to get the mind prepared. 
Special thank you to Grand Rapids ABK and Ginga Courts for their hospitality, Artemis Health Center and Ohio Cryo for their wonderful work on preparing our athletes, The Flag Lady’s Flag Store for our cusom made fan gear, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and Columbus Bilingual Academy North – CBAN for allowing our team to train as much as they could, and doantions made by Brazilian Cleaning Solutions, Top Cleaning Services, and Top Vistos that allowed our team to make this venture possible, and of course, our friends, fans, and family! You ALL made this a positive experience for us and our community! Thank you!