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Program Of The Month-Futsal RVA

Youth Futsal Monthly

Edition 5 Oct 1, 2015

By John Haasis, YFM staff writer


FutsalRVA, out of Richmond,VA, was one of the first 5 leagues to be sanctioned by Super F League, an 8-year US Soccer Affiliate now known as U.S. Youth Futsal. 

FutsalRVA owners Greg Simmonds and Joe Farrell are pioneers for futsal development in the Richmond area.  With teams in every age group and gender from U8 through high school, FutsalRVA has high-quality officiating, fair and balanced competition, superior facilities and outstanding services which have kept players returning to play year after year.
 
FutsalRVA built-out their first facility in 2012.  Due to incredible growth over a few short years, 2 additional facilities operating as Own Touch Soccer and Futsal, has been "home" to FutsalRVA.  
 
In 2010, FutsalRVA had an average of 42 teams. During the 2014/15 winter futsal season, 175 teams with over 1200 players participated. "We take pride in making sure our leagues and tournaments are top class, and welcoming to all clubs" said Simmonds.  "FutsalRVA works side-by-side with club leadership in the area to promote futsal as a player development initiative."
 
Futsal is now gaining recognition as an important tool for developing soccer players in the United States.  "FutsalRVA recognizes that the introduction of a futsal program can positively impact key areas of player development in all levels and ages," Simmonds continued. "The clubs recognize this and we work in tandem."
In January of 2010, FutsalRVA hosted its first Mid Atlantic Regional Championships with 32 teams.  In 2015, the Mid Atlantic, one of eight regions that serves as qualifiers for the U.S. Youth Futsal National Championships, grew to 52 teams. 
 
FutsalRVA now boasts four national titles including the 2015 U9 boys and U11 girls who are the current National Youth Futsal National Champions.  
 
Also in 2015, 14 FutsalRVA players were identified at the Regional Futsal ID Camp.  11 players attended the U.S. Youth Futsal National Futsal I.D. Camp, and of those, FutsalRVA had five players and two alternates selected to join the U.S. Youth Futsal Team.  

Futsal RVA Players Who Were Selected On The U.S. Youth Futsal Team Where:

  • Andrew Durkin
  • Charlie Flammia
  • David Hughes
  • Landon Borum

Alternates:

  • Tyriq Amos
  • Brody Phillips 

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FutsalRVA has a number of grassroot programs including Footy Mites (ages 5-7), Juniors (ages 6-8) and a year-round developmental and advanced Academy (ages 9-14).   With over 200 players involved in these programs, FutsalRVA heavily focuses on player development through improving technical ability, game awareness and tactical decision making.  Training provides challenging technical drills, games and exercises in order to increase confidence and enhance critical foot skills.  Training will also build upon the fundamentals of dribbling, creativity, decisions under pressure, and passing in a fast-paced format. The program is designed to build the foundation for teaching tactical components that will improve the players understanding of the game. FutsalRVA Developmental Academy trains once per week during club season and twice in the off-season. 

For more information on FutsalRVA visit their website.

 

 

 

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