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U.S. Soccer to identify youth prospects
April 19th, 2013 6:33PM

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[FUTSAL] U.S. Soccer, in partnership with Nike, will host a youth futsal invitational for four days beginning Saturday at The Home Depot Center as part of a new U.S. Soccer player development initiative to encourage the country's elite youth players to play futsal.

The top boys and girls clubs in Southern California were selected to enter two U-13/14 teams into the event. The 32 teams will play three group games on Saturday and Sunday and the group winners will participate in the girls' semifinals and final on Tuesday and the boys' semifinals and finals on Wednesday.

U.S. Soccer Development Director Jill Ellis and Technical Advisor Rob Becerra will be on-site to identify players for the Youth National Teams.



7 comments
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: April 19, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.
    The Southwest Regionals would be the most logical place to start: http://www.southwestfutsalchampionship.com May 25 - 27, 2013 It's going to be a bunch of Brazilian mormons spanking everyone else.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: April 19, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.
    Why isn't this being offered in Illinois?? Does Us Soccer not want to give Illinois players the same opportunity to be scouted for National team?

  1. Jason Popkin
    commented on: April 20, 2013 at 3:03 a.m.
    how is this to identify youth prospects when there are only 32 teams involved, and they have already been identified by the academies? There are many areas not even being looked at.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: April 20, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.
    This is one of the most glaring and negative aspects of US Soccer in that its tunnel vision is exactly that it doesn't look at the wide panorama of the youth developmental peocesses. I wholly agree that it MUST and NEEDS to go to various regions of the countries if it is serious about identifying youthful talent, and this "tryout" comes almost a day or so after SA's Youth pages had an article about US Soccer and Kieth Tozer's Futsal program?

  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: April 22, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
    Can we get something like this out here in the central valley of california, we want to play also.

  1. Luis P. KIFUTSAL
    commented on: April 22, 2013 at 11:21 a.m.
    Soccer is soccer! Futsal is Futsal! Futsal should come first in their lives before they even dream to start playing soccer. Do you select tennis players to go play for the ping-pong national team? You guys make no sense all together. Nike knows nothing about any sports and they careless who the crowd belongs, they just want to bunch up a crowd of any kind and expose their brand. The person running around with the radio telling everyone he is the Futsal guy in charge, never really played Futsal nowhere, has no clue what this game is all about. The US Soccer Development Soccer director neither. How can you invite 32 local "elite" SOCCER teams to throw them in a FUTSAL - American Version - scenario and say you will pick a few to the national soccer team? 32 teams that never played real Futsal in their lives, what an ugly site and way to begin the process. I know you want to expose the game of FUTSAL, but you are starting off EXTREMELY WRONG!!! At 13/14 you are EXTREMELY late exposing any game to anyone especially FUTSAL. You can do this in a weekend, and to truly gain the benefits this game bring to the table, you need to play FUTSAL daily from 5 to 13 and not 13 and up!...

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: April 22, 2013 at 11:01 p.m.
    It seems this is more about money than anything else. Dont these guys already know exactly who these few kids are for USA National team consideration?? What does Futsal have to do with it?? Oh I see, lets promote it with the few kids we knew we already wanted to be on National Team anyway and others will start playing it hoping they will make it too through Futsal. This is the best way to brand it and promote it and eventually it should be a money maker as well. Never mind that Futsal's most important years should be at 5-13 years old. Why arent we asking people like Mr. Oliveira here on how Futsal instead of trying to wing it??


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