Futsal (a variation of soccer) is coming to the Eastern Shore area with the Eastern Shore Futsal Academy.
The academy's base location is in the Dragon Sportsplex, a multi-sport
training center in Delmar, Md.
This program is for youth/adult players who wish to play league games, train
and also have the opportunity to travel if so desired.
Every player will receive an official Futsal card to play in sanctioned
tournaments in the region as well as anywhere in the United States.
What is Futsal? Futsal is a variant of soccer that is played on a smaller
field and mainly played indoors, but can be played outside. It can be considered
a version of five-a-side soccer. Its name is derived from Portuguese, and can be
translated as "room football." It was developed in Brazil in the 1930s and
1940s. Futsal is a game played between two teams of five players each, one of
whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted.
Unlike some other forms, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited
by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller
ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball due to the surface of the
field. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation,
creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
How will Futsal help one as a player? Futsal is a great way to improve one's
touch and skill on the ball.
The Eastern Shore Futsal Academy will be a part of the U.S. Futsal league,
which was founded in 1981. The game was brought to the U.S. in 1981 and became a
National Affiliate Member of U.S. Soccer in 1988 and a member of U.S. Youth
Soccer in January 2015.
U.S. Futsal is the only organization directly affiliated to U.S. Soccer and
U.S. Youth Soccer.
U.S. Futsal not only governs the sport at the youth, adult and professional
levels, but also oversees the U.S. Futsal State Cups, U.S. Futsal Regional
Championships, and the U.S. Futsal National Championships each year. The U.S.
Futsal National Championship is the oldest, biggest and most prestigious Futsal
competition in CONCACAF.
Players can start as young as 2 in the Lil Pro program, U4, U6, U8, U10, U12,
U14, U16, U18 and adults. Each player will learn the skills of soccer. Consider
registering children now. Opening registration day is Thursday, April 16, at 6
p.m. at Dragon Sportsplex, Bi State Blvd., Delmar, Md. For more information,
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