Lake Park Sportzone is partnering with the Appleton Youth Soccer Association to hold practices and up to three  tournaments for the 2016 season.  We are also in discussion with European Football Club of Wisconsin regarding practices and tournaments. For questions and info on 2016 Futsal League(s) at LPSZ go here: http://tinyurl.com/o666ksf

Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA. If skills development is important to you, Futsal is recognized as clearly the best indoor soccer format. But that’s not the only reason.

1) Better Skills Development – Futsal promotes quality touches
2) Speed Of Play – Less time and space which promotes quicker decisions
3) Safer – Futsal eliminates the injuries associated with wall collisions

Where Does Futsal Comes From?
Futsal began in the South American countries of Uruguay, Brazil, and Peru where, in the 1930’s, two versions of Small Sided Soccer were being played in the cities of Montevideo and Sao Paulo respectively. In Brazil, the large crowded cities and a shortage of playing pitches forced a soccer mad populace to play small sided soccer. A version began to develop on the streets of Sao Paulo, leading to the publishing of the first rules of the game in 1936 from the country that would soon become the masters of the game. Skills and techniques honed in Futsal soon began to become apparent in the performance of Brazil’s National Team – Pele, Rivelino, and Zico all played the game at some time in their development.

Where is the game played?
The adoption of the game by FIFA has led to its spread throughout the world. There are large numbers of registered players in Europe, South America and Asia. In Japan for example they have 300,000 registered players. There are more than 50 national leagues and even Professional Futsal leagues in Brazil, Iran, Japan, Italy, Portugal, Spain & Russia.  In the United States, Futsal is gaining in popularity and participation numbers continue increase.

US Futsal has conducted a National Championship each year since 1985. Futsal is establishing itself at the youth level in the U.S. The national organization adopted the sport, and it is now played at about 1,100 Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the U.S. The American You Soccer Organization (AYSO) also plays the sport in a close working relationship with U.S. Futsal since 1988.


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