North Carolina Futsal
The North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA), the North Carolina Adult Soccer Association (NCASA) and the North Carolina State Referees Association (NCSRA) are pleased to announce their working with and support of USA Futsal to bring futsal to the state of North Carolina in a sanctioned format for the first time. Futsal is the only official indoor variation of soccer sanctioned by FIFA and is recommended as a supplement to all youth soccer players by US Soccer. The US Soccer Development Academies are required this year to participate in futsal, supported with events and curriculum by US Soccer.
The goal of NC Futsal is to offer the same level of infrastructure and support to this fast-growing sport for teams and players in North Carolina. This goal will be accomplished through the execution of quality state-wide tournaments and world-class spectator events (like the Intercontinental Futsal Cup held this past June). NC Futsal will also be inserting a coaching education program and sanctioning local tournaments and leagues run by organizations state-wide. FIFA/US Soccer Futsal Referee Certifications, run by state referee director Jim Carpenter and state referee instructors Juan Garcia which have been running for over 6 months now, will continue to expand into cities across the state.
This comprehensive approach to competitive events, education for coaches and certification for referees will guarantee a strong foundation for futsal statewide. Directors, coaches, players and parents will have access to a wealth of resources utilizing USA Futsal's global contacts and knowledge base with the support and experience of NCYSA and NCASA as well as the NCSRA.
NC Futsal's tenure governing futsal in North Carolina will begin this December/January when it will host the 2014 NC Futsal State Cup. Local qualifiers will be held in 4 cities across the state: Hickory, Charlotte, Raleigh and Fayetteville from November 22-December 21, 2013. The finals will take place in the Greater Raleigh Convention Center located in Raleigh, NC. You can visit ncfutsal.com for more information about the 2014 State Cup and other news and events related to futsal in the state.
NC Futsal looks forward to supporting all local soccer organizations and parks and community recreation departments, as they incorporate futsal into their programming.