Another great winter futsal season in the North Alabama FUTSAL League has concluded, although there are ongoing talks about some post-season scrimmages against some youth futsal teams from the new Birmingham Futsal League. Greatness came from a number of new things that were accomplished this winter.
This winter was North Alabama FUTSAL’s 6th winter season, a league that specializes in only futsal and now has clearly shown its track record in being the premier futsal league in the area. Preseason, pickup games, practices and new futsal player clinics were offered in preparation for the season. A new and modern website, www.nafutsal.COM, was rolled out and included new and bigger discounts in registration for the subsequent winter season and tournament. But most exciting was the promotion that led to three coaches of youth teams in the league completing the United Soccer Coaches online Level 1 Futsal Coaching Diploma Course this season. There are now four “diploma’d” futsal coaches in the Huntsville area. This will continue to increase the caliber of futsal play in the league.
This winter’s season ran from November 2018 through January 2019 and consisted of a youth middle school age division of teams and an adult division of teams playing games in the gyms at Providence Elementary School, James Clemens High School and the former J.O. Johnson High School (see more on this below). Teams competed and used the schedule, results and standings kept on the league’s new website at www.nafutsal.com. Division winners, shown below, were awarded t-shirts with graphics and lettering indicating their winning status. The winning adult team, in what’s called the ‘Champions Division’, also had their name added to the perpetual trophy, which is kept at league sponsor West End Grill. Drop in anytime to see it in their foyer. West End Grill is located at 6610 Old Madison Pike near Bridge Street.
All teams played their best and benefitted by getting lots of touches on the ball as well as having lots of fun. Thanks is due to the coaches, team captains, referees, referee assignor, parents and those who volunteered to help with daily setup and teardown that made the futsal games a success. This winter futsal season would not have happened without you. Thank you!
This summer the league will again host academies for youth players to learn the fascinating game of futsal, but mostly just play futsal, and a competitive series of games for adult teams both in June and July. Until then the league’s equipment will be stored away and that’s not to be taken lightly:
- 4 metal futsal goals
- 4 PVC futsal goals
- 2 portable futsal goals
- 2 mini pop-up goals
- 14 futsal goal nets
- 68 rolls of futsal court lining tape
- 1 tape machine
- 22 size 4 futsal balls
- 14 size 3 futsal balls
- 8 ball pumps
- 80 pinnies of various colors
- 4 pairs of goalkeeper gloves
- 3 spare new shin guards
- 2 portable team benches
- 1 electronic portable scoreboard
- 2 megaphones
- 5 timekeeper’s tables and 12 folding chairs
- 4 sets of timekeeper’s equipment (clipboards, forms, stopwatches, backup manual scoreboards, 5-foul signs, binders containing FIFA, USFF, and league rules)
- 4 first aid kits
- 4 storage chests
In addition to all the tangible benefits of participating in the North Alabama FUTSAL League there are numerous soft benefits described at https://mailchi.mp/35ffe906bb0e/futsal_is_unique_and_challenging.
Next winter it is expected the league’s games will be played in the newly renovated Johnson Legacy Complex, formerly known as the “New” Gym at the former J.O. Johnson High School. See article on AL.com at https://www.al.com/alabama/2019/01/multi-million-dollar-johnson-gym-renovation-to-be-completed-in-huntsville-in-2020.html. After renovations have been completed, it will contain two permanently lined futsal courts at the standard 2:1 ratio of length to width. (International futsal courts are as large as 40 by 20 meters.) How exciting is that?!?!!! No more slipping on peeling varnish since a completely new and larger floor will be installed. No more temporarily taped futsal court lines to become tattered over time. Only volleyball courts will co-exist with the futsal courts. No basketball courts with their 3-point lines that blur the boundaries of futsal penalty area lines. It’s going to be great and it’s going to be a show piece for futsal in Alabama and the southeast.
Much has transpired in the first five years plus this sixth winter season of the North Alabama FUTSAL League and many new things will occur in the near future. Please stay tuned for news and consider how you might contribute to the rapid growth of futsal in Alabama and the southeast. Stay informed at any of the following media outlets: