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U.S. Youth Futsal’s Academy program raises the bar on youth Futsal in the USA. Futsal is a beloved game that provides many touches on the ball and has a unique set of rules to enhance player development and enjoyment. The USYF Academy program was established to standardize the US youth Futsal curriculum, and give futsal players a true pathway.
To support the growth of Futsal and continued player development Barefoot & Futsala have joined forces to offer this training program for players who are committed to making futsal an essential part of their development. The two player centric organizations will be combining to offer a powerful dual training emphasis combining European Futsal and South American Futsal training techniques to enhance player development. The program will provide year around futsal training to be completed alongside a player’s current outdoor club training.
The DA season will run from late August through the end of May. During these months, players will train with their Pool Team 1x a week (Sunday evenings). Players may choose to add an additional night of technical training during the week; however, this is optional.
The number of training sessions will fluctuate as some weeks training will be replaced by competitions and tournament play. We anticipate at least 2 weekend trainings will be replaced by competition dates.
2019-20 Preliminary Training Schedule:
Players will have game opportunities throughout the year; however, because the program is designed to complement outdoor commitments, the main competition season is November-February. Players should expect the opportunity to compete in at least 16 games over the course of the season.
2019-20 Preliminary Competition Schedule:
The competition plan is made up of confirmed events in bold as well as tentative events that are still being worked out. Due to the developing nature of futsal events most events are still in flux.
**For games and tournaments, Age-group Pools will be split into competition teams. These teams will vary throughout the year based on the competition and the availability of players.
$875 for the year (can be pro-rated for players coming in mid-year)
Included in the registration fee:
Not Included with the registration fee:
Being a part of Barefoot – ISL Futsala will give players national exposure, and elite competition. We will compete in a number of tournaments and ID sessions year round, which will expose our players to national team staff, and better their futsal education.
Players will be able to train in futsal each week/month to build their critical skills. This will maximize their future potential in the game of futsal, and breed a true passion for the sport.
Coach G, who has lead the Futsal revolution in Charlotte, will be setting our methodology alongside ISL coaches. Together they represent the top of European & South American futsal traditions.
Our Development Academy players enjoy the fusion of two player centric organizations. We put our players first, and their development on and off the field is what we strive towards.
U.S. Youth Futsal Academy Director
US Youth Futsal Launches
The Pathway to Developing Technical Players
OVERLAND PARK, KS - June 7, 2018 -A new era for Futsal in the USA began today as US Youth Futsal (USYF) announced the launch of its new Academy program.
The US Youth Futsal Academy program will powerfully impact and improve youth player development in the United States.
"We are thrilled to launch the US Youth Futsal Academy," said Jon Parry, Executive Director of US Youth Futsal. "We believe this is an important step towards developing world class players in America. We are proud that many of the country's top former futsal national team players are now USYF Academy Directors."
Setting the standard for elite futsal training and competition in the USA, US Youth Futsal's nationwide Academy program will improve player development by providing high quality and consistent futsal training environments, meaningful futsal competition and coaching education.
"The goal is to produce players of exceptional ability in both soccer and futsal," said Joe Farrell, USYF Academy Executive Board and Executive Director & Co-Founder, FutsalRVA. "The USYF Academy is designed for players who want to participate in high-level technical and tactical futsal training and competition. The Academy structure will complement - not compete with - a player's club training in order to optimize schedules and maximize development."
The Futsal Academy offers players a unique opportunity to develop and compete in a year-round futsal centric environment alongside of other dedicated and skilled players from a variety of youth soccer clubs.
"Futsal is paramount for player development in the USA," said Greg Simmonds, USYF Academy Executive Board and President, FutsalRVA. "The USYF Academy Program will provide environments where players are afforded opportunities to play and receive exposure on local, regional and national platforms."
With a focus on training and development over competition, Academy teams will have the opportunity to compete in meaningful games against the best in their regions in USYF Leagues, Showcases & the Championship Series.
"Our goal is to utilize our Academy's curriculum and structure to equip our players with the enthusiasm, courage and skills to flourish, be creative and to overcome any fear of failure," said Soorena Farboodmanesh, USYF Academy Director. "The USYF Academy will provide our players with events that maximize exposure and continue development."
The US Youth Futsal Academy Program has a three-year plan for growth. As part of the mandated criteria, every academy must provide training for a minimum of U10/12/14 and high school boys or girls in the inaugural year
The inaugural US Youth Futsal Academies are:
Barefoot-ISL Futsal Developmental Academy (Charlotte, NC)
Charlotte Futsal (Columbus, OH)
Columbus Futsal Academy (Columbus, OH)
Elite Futsal Charleston (Charleston, NC)
Fort Wayne Phoenix FC (Fort Wayne, IN)
FutsalETA (Yorktown, VA)
Futsal Factory Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
Futsal Factory (Louisville, KY)
Futsal Indy Academy (Indianapolis, IN)FutsalRVA (Richmond, VA)
ISL Futsal (Austin, TX)
In the USYF Academy's second, year there must be U10/12/14 and High school for both girls and boys. In year three, each academy must have all age groups, from U10-HS, boys and girls that train year round.
USYF received interest from over 100 applicants when it first launched its application process for the Academy. "We were looking for very progressive, forward-thinking futsal experts who will work closely together to grow the sport and impact how talent in the US is cultivated," said Farrell, who said this is just the first wave of Academies.
USYF will look to expand its program to include additional clubs that meet the strict criteria for development - and want to offer a real pathway to developing technical players.
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