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Tozer Named FIFA Futsal Instructor

CHICAGO (March 16, 2009) – U.S. Futsal National Team head coach Keith Tozer has been selected by FIFA as a Futsal Instructor. He will be able to teach courses organized by FIFA throughout the world.

Tozer has been head coach of the U.S. Futsal Team since 1996, leading the side to three FIFA Futsal World Cups and two CONCACAF Futsal Championship gold medals. The team was seventh at the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Chinese Taipei. His overall record as head coach stands at 27-24-11. As a player, Tozer scored three goals in five matches for the U.S. Futsal Team in 1986.

"I am extremely honored to have been selected as a FIFA Futsal Instructor," Tozer said. "I look forward to traveling the world and helping in the teaching of futsal, which has grown dramatically in the last 10 years."

Tozer is a veteran of the indoor soccer leagues in the U.S., playing a 12-year career in the MISL after being selected first in the MISL inaugural draft. The head coach of the Milwaukee Wave in the Xtreme Soccer League has more victories than any other coach in North American indoor soccer.

FIFA, the international governing body for soccer, offers an extensive program of courses to educate and train instructors, coaches, referees, doctors, managers and journalists. These courses focus not just on the technical aspects of the game, but also on its social values.

Futsal is a sport that is a derivative of soccer played with five-man teams on a basketball style court, with no walls and a low bouncing ball, unlike the traditional sport of U.S. indoor soccer played with a six-man squads and walls. Great soccer super stars such as Pele, Zico and Ronaldo grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills.