US SoccerUS Soccer
News

U.S. Soccer and Nike to Host Pair of Youth Futsal Invitational Events in 2013


Youth Teams from Top Area Clubs will Participate in New Futsal Initiative

Youth Teams from Top Area Clubs will Participate in New Futsal Initiative

CHICAGO (Feb. 6, 2013) – U.S. Soccer, in partnership with Nike, will host two youth futsal invitational events in March and April as part of a new initiative in the development of elite U.S. youth players.

“Futsal is an important component of a young player’s developmental path,” said U.S. Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. “It has been proven that futsal helps youth players to develop better technique and faster thinking. It is a fast-paced, skill-oriented game that provides a fun and challenging experience that will benefit their overall development as they mature as players.”

The first event will be held from March 1-3 at the Competitive Edge Sports Complex in King of Prussia, Pa., and will feature the U-13/14 boys’ teams from the top clubs in the area. (U.S. Youth Invitational Events)

Participating coaches will be required to attend a futsal symposium led by U.S. Soccer Futsal Team Head Coach and FIFA Futsal Instructor Keith Tozer on Thursday, Feb. 7, at YSC Sports in King of Prussia, Pa. Local officials interested in futsal will be able to participate in a referee certification clinic on Saturday, Feb. 9, led by FIFA Referee Futsal Instructor Ed Marco in Philadelphia.

The west coast event will be held from April 19-24 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will feature U-13/14 boys’ and girls’ teams from the top clubs in Southern California. Similar to the east coast event, coaches will be required to participate in a futsal symposium led by Tozer, and local officials will have an opportunity to participate in a futsal certification clinic conducted by Marco in Los Angeles.

Last fall, U.S. Soccer announced that futsal will be a part of the U-13/14 Development Academy calendar. The Under-13/14 division was created to enhance player development and will consist of current Academy clubs and possibly a limited amount of clubs from outside the current Academy structure.

The clubs selected for the U-13/14 age group will follow a model that increases training to four times a week, with fewer but meaningful matches, and the schedule structure will be regionalized to limit the amount of travel.

For the latest information on the upcoming U.S. Soccer invitational futsal events, please click here.

×