Futsal is the five-a-side version of soccer played on a basketball-size court and with a low-bounce ball. It is the official indoor soccer game of FIFA and is one of the most popular soccer variations in the world.
“We’re very pleased to be developing this valuable diploma course for soccer coaches,” said NSCAA CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel. “U.S. Futsal has been promoting futsal for 35 years and this partnership ensures that coaches are receiving first-class training.
“Futsal has taken off across the U.S. with programs and facilities cropping up everywhere. But the resources for quality coach education have not existed. We’re pleased to have U.S. Futsal contribute its expertise to make sure this course is the definitive coaching education opportunity for futsal.”
“The game of futsal has been the learning ground for some of the greatest players that have ever stepped on a soccer field,” said Alex Para, President and CEO of U.S. Futsal. “The NSCAA has been educating soccer coaches for years, and through this great partnership, we will work together to educate our coaches on how to use futsal as a way to improve the technical skills of our soccer players.”
About the NSCAA
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community. 2016 marks the 75th anniversary year of the NSCAA enhancing the game through coaching education. The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game, from professional to grassroots. The membership also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members opportunities to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.
For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit NSCAA.com.
About U.S. Futsal
United States FUTSAL (USFF) has governed the sport of Futsal in the United States since 1981. 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 and does not require walls. Without the 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 governs futsal league play, with leagues designed for beginners as well as premier players of all ages. 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 U.S. For more information, visit futsal.com or contact