Saturday, April 11, 2015

Futsal Comes To Delmar

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, call 443-735-5139
Picked up from the Cape Gazette

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