This sixth summer futsal season was categorically the best summer season to date. Two age group youth futsal academies (one group ages 11-14 years, a second 15-18 years) played futsal on Thursdays at the Optimist Rec. Center in June and July while receiving a small amount of futsal coaching – emphasis was on playing. Mid July we held a futsal tournament at James Clemens High School with similar youth divisions. Pictures below are from the academies and the tournament.
Left to right, top to bottom: Ages 15-18 academy players, trophies & medals, ages 11-14 academy players, spectators at tournament, winner of U13/14B div. AYSO Utd ‘05B Red, and winner of U15/16B div. AYSO Utd ‘03B Red
An adult division competed on Wednesdays at Oakwood University with results reported, team standings kept and division winner congratulated. Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards were also given out. See pictures below.
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.
Left to right, top to botton: Winner of the adult division Kohona Shinobi, Golden Boot award Kyle Simmons and Golden Glove award Jeffrey Jolin
This summer’s increase in participation and the fact that most players already knew how to play futsal are clear indications that futsal is “taking off” in Huntsville and Madison. With new and existing futsal leagues in Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile, expect to see even more growth across Alabama.
But for now locally all futsal equipment has been stored away while detailed plans are being made for the upcoming winter season and following seasons. Good planning is a quality that distinguishes North Alabama FUTSAL from other sport leagues. For more qualities and benefits of North Alabama FUTSAL and futsal in general, see http://www.nafutsal.com/News/Id/40987, the news article titled “Futsal is Unique and Challenging”.
Watch for announcements for some interim futsal activities this fall, but next November will be the start of the seventh winter futsal season and with it comes the “seven year itch”. Itching to be the season we orbit the moon. And it’s going to happen with the continued growth of North Alabama FUTSAL League, with Madison AYSO’s continued devotion to the benefits of futsal every winter, with Huntsville Recreation Centers embracing futsal, with the new state-of-the-art futsal courts being built in the new Johnson Legacy Complex, with other local organizations starting up their own futsal programs, with the creation of the new futsal leagues in Birmingham and Mobile on top of the existing leagues in Trussville, Montgomery, and Memphis and Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s going to happen. The only remaining question is … are you going to be part of it?
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