Great Lakes Futsal Leagues
Spring and Summer Futsal programs Being Scheduled Now!
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Chris Dore: 440-320-2390, email@example.com
Otto Orf: 330-329-5883, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Grant: 330-970-9662, email@example.com
The History of GREAT LAKES FUTSAL
Great Lakes Futsal, an affiliate of US Youth Futsal, is the only US Soccer sanctioned futsal league in NE Ohio. Since its beginning in 2007, Great Lakes Futsal has been one of the largest youth futsal leagues in the United States. In 2010-11 we had 217 teams with over 1800 players participating, making our NE Ohio Youth Futsal League one of the largest in the country.
In January of 2010, Great Lakes Futsal hosted the first Great Lakes Regional Futsal Tournament with 32 participating teams. The Regional is a qualifier for the Annual US Youth Soccer National Futsal Championships in Kansas City every Presidents Day. Since 2008 NE Ohio Futsal Teams have won 7 National Futsal Titles at this Competition.
In 2011-12 the Great Lakes Futsal league expanded to the brand new Akron Sports Center at 925 Grant Street. This very accessible facility offers 4 large futsal courts and is conveniently located at the ’central interchange’ at the intersection on routes 8, 77 and 76 in downtown Akron, Ohio.
The 2012-2013 season marked another Great Lakes Futsal milestone in which we opened our third NE Ohio futsal league venue on Cleveland’s East side at One Wellness health and fitness club. This location has since been relocated to Lost Nation Sports Park and gives all of NE Ohio access to futsal training, education and competitive futsal play.
In September 2013 the Great Lakes Futsal Akron facility hosted the second ever US Youth Futsal Youth National ID Camp directed by US National Team coach Keith Tozer. Over 50 players from across the USA included 2 dozen local aspiring futsal stars trying out for the first US Youth National Futsal Teams. This very same weekend in support of the HandsOnSports Foundation an inner city futsal court was opened and given to the community in downtown Akron, Ohio.
In January 2014 the USYF Great Lakes regional tournament hosted 93 teams from 8 states in its largest and most competitive regional tournament to date.
In April 2014 the HandsOnSports Foundation with the support fo Great Lakes Futsal rehabilitated a futsal court in Huacas, Costa Rica. This court is in the center of the 8 'adopted' schools that have been the recipients of over 5,000 donated pairs of shoes and balls over the past 7 years.
In June and July 2014 HandsOnSports and Great Lakes Futsal held the first summer futsal camp series for the local urban children of Akron, Ohio.
In September 2014 Great Lakes Futsal added the new Avon and Brunswick locations to their fall season schedules.
In October 2014 Great Lakes Regional director Otto Orf visits Costa Rica and director of futbol Carlos Quiros to arrange for the USYF Youth National Teams to compete against Costa Ricas finest in July 2015. In addition Otto was asked to assist in the development of the first CONCACAF Futsal Coaching Curriculum working on the goalkeeper portion of the program. This process will take place during the first womens world championships in San Jose, Costa Rica December 10-15, 2014.
Later in October Otto attends the USYF East Region Futsal ID Camp in Boston, MA to work with the goalkeepers and assist coach Keith Tozer in assessing the newest class of certified futsal coaches.
In November 2014 Great Lakes Futsal, the Akron Sports Center and the University of Akron host the largest Futsal Coaches Certification course to date hosting 30 coaches Including (Chris Dore and Otto Orf) from as far away as Alaska, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
This 20 hour course was instructed by FIFA Futsal Instructor and US Men's National Futsal Team coach Keith Tozer.
The course followed up by the largest USYF Futsal ID Camp ever held in the United States. Over the next 3 days 171 players from the Great Lakes Region were technically and tactically instructed, coached in training and match settings, evaluated and ranked to become the Great Lakes Regional Futsal teams.
These teams will now compete against the 7 other regions of the USYF in Kansas in July 2015 to form the newest USYF Youth National Futsal Teams.
In December 2014 Otto Orf and USYF National Coaching Staff along with USYF Technical Director Keith Tozer will take the youth national teams to Toronto, Canada to compete against Canadian all-star futsal teams.
In March 2015 the Professional Futsal League (PFL) ran its inaugural event in Frisco Texas and Team USA played against Barcelona and Team Mexico. 15 year old Clevelander Stephen Milhoan played on the team and Otto Orf acted a member of the coaching staff.
July 2015 started with the National Futsal ID Camp in Kansas and culminated with the first ever National Team trip to Central America. 6 teams and parents travelled to Costa Rica for competition against some of the best youth teams in the country and our u18 girls were treated to a match again the Costa Rica Women;s National Team.
In August 2015 the PFL held their second event -The SuperCopa in Orlando, Florida with the worlds most famous futsaller Falcao! Otto Orf was once again invited to be a part of the coaching staff.
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IMPORTANT SCHEDULING NOTES:
ALL SCHEDULING CONFLICTS AND REQUESTS INCLUDING CONSECUTIVE GAMES, DOUBLE HEADERS, NO PLAY DATES & TIME OF PLAY WINDOWS SHOULD BE ENTERED INTO THE SYSTEM AT THE TIME OF ONLINE REGISTRATION.
IN SEASON CHANGE REQUESTS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW:
Director - Chris Dore
1425 Hollow Wood Lane
Avon, OH 44011
Director - Otto Orf
PO Box 1464
Kent, OH 44240
Administrator - Amy Grant
Scheduler - Superman