January 28, 2016 -- The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) announced today that they have entered into a multi-year 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 for Virginia and DC, VYSA will be responsible for sanctioning Futsal league and tournament play, player and coach registration and a USFF State Championship beginning in January of 2017. VYSA State Champions will be crowned in youth and adult age groups and will move on to USFF Regional and National Championships. Additionally, VYSA’s Coaching Education Department will offer clinics and courses throughout the year to help educate VYSA’s member coaches on technical and tactical aspects of Futsal.
VYSA President Denise Edwards commented: “We are pleased to partner with USFF to help grow Futsal in Virginia and the District of Columbia. 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 Virginia Youth Soccer Association, one of the biggest and 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 Virginia Youth Soccer Association the State Governing Body of all disciplines of FIFA (Soccer, Futsal, and Beach Soccer) to the benefit of all players.”
About the Virginia Youth Soccer Association: The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) is a member of the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer representing over 180,000 youth players, coaches and administrators in the Commonwealth of Virginia and DC. VYSA oversees programs including the Olympic Development Program (ODP), the National Championship Series (State Cup), the VYSA Academy Program, Coaching Education and more.
About the Virginia Soccer Training Center: The Virginia Soccer Training Center (VSTC) is owned and operated by VYSA and is one of the finest soccer training facilities on the East Coast. Situated on 50 acres of former farmland in Spotsylvania County half way between Washington, DC and Richmond, the facility boasts nine FIFA regulation fields including a small stadium. The facility will be the future home of VYSA’s State offices and indoor training facility.
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. 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. U.S. Futsal, the only Futsal organization directly affiliated to U.S. Soccer, first affiliated in 1988; 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.