Pleasanton Ca. (August 5, 2016) – Cal North Executive Director Matthew Madeira is pleased to announce that Cal North has entered into a partnership with United States Futsal, the governing body for Futsal in the United States. United States Futsal (USFF) has been governing the sport of Futsal in the United States since 1981.
Futsal (Five-a-Side Soccer) is "The Way the World Plays Indoor Soccer" and is the international form of indoor soccer approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is played in all continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. As USFF’s exclusive representative in northern California, Cal North will be responsible for sanctioning Futsal league and tournament play, player and coach registration and a USFF State Championship beginning on August 1, 2016. Cal North State Champions will be crowned in youth age groups and will move on to USFF Regional and National Championships. Additionally, the Cal North Coaching Education Department will offer clinics and courses throughout the year to help educate Cal North member coaches on the technical and tactical aspects of Futsal.
Madeira writes “We are pleased to partner with USFF to help grow Futsal in Northern California. USFF has more than thirty-five years of experience developing Futsal in the United States and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
USFF President and CEO Alex Para added “We are delighted to partner with Cal North, the largest and one of the most prestigious Youth Soccer State Associations of U.S. Youth Soccer. This agreement furthers our goal to partner with all State Soccer Associations, and it also now makes California Youth Soccer Association – North the State Governing Body of all disciplines of FIFA (Soccer, Futsal, and Beach Soccer) to the benefit of all players.”
### About the California Youth Soccer Association– Cal North – “Kids First” is the largest state organization within the US Youth Soccer Association. Cal North registers more than 166,000 players annually, ages 4 to 19, and over 42,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 132 member leagues of registration. Cal North is dedicated to assisting parents in developing youth as individuals and not just soccer players in a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.calnorth.org. Media Request: When referring to the California Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, please refer to the association only as Cal North, and never as CY or Cal Youth Soccer. We appreciate your cooperation.
### About U.S. Futsal - United States FUTSAL (USFF) has governed the sport of Futsal in the United States since 1981 at the Youth, Adult, and Professional level. U.S. Futsal, the only Futsal organization directly affiliated to U.S. Soccer, first affiliated in 1988, and U.S. Youth Soccer. It governs futsal league play, with leagues designed for beginners as well as premier players of all ages. U.S. Futsal conducts eight Regional Championships throughout the United States, culminating with the U.S. Futsal National Championship, the oldest, biggest and most prestigious Futsal Competition in the United States. For more information, visit futsal.com or contact
Futsal is the way the world plays indoor soccer. It is played on all the continents of the world in over 100 countries by more than 12 million players. Futsal is played on a basketball-size court. It can be played on a variety of surfaces. Without the use of walls, futsal is a great skill-developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin-point passing. It is an exciting game for children and adults. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Maradona, Ronaldo and Messi grew up playing the game and credit Futsal with developing their skills. Futsal is played with a special low bounce ball, requiring players to use their skills, rather than the ball's bounce, to propel it.