Chattanooga FC Academy is proud to partner with Rio 40 to offer a Winter Futsal Program.
This is a fun way for kids to keep their foot on the ball between the fall and spring seasons. All futsal sessions are indoor so we would only cancel for significant snow or ice on the roads. Futsal is small-sided which means more touches and quicker decisions.
All sessions will be led by Marina Lima Kugler from Rio 40. Many players already know Marina through her work in the club's supplemental training.
Marina was a member of the U20 Brazilian National Team FIFA World Cup pool in 2006. She was an All-American college player for Lee University and won three national championships with Matt Yelton in 2008 and 2009 as a player and as a member of the coaching staff in 2011.
In order to help your player get the most out of these sessions, we must cap the attendance to 25 players per sessions. We expect them to sell out so do not delay in registering for your first choice(s).
Due to limited space at these indoor facilities we encourage parents to consider not staying. Your contact information will be on file if we need you before the end of the session. Grab coffee, run an errand, and take advantage of free time.
The cost for 6 sessions (once per week) is $95. If your player would like to attend twice per week (12 sessions) there is a $10 discount for a total of $180.
Futsal is the only form of indoor soccer endorsed by FIFA. It is a 5v5 small-sided game played on a hard surfaced, basketball sized court with a smaller, heavier low bounce ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries and without walls. This is the game that outdoor soccer players around the globe play to refine and maintain their control skills and touch. It is superior to walled soccer in terms of developing better skills and technique. In traditional American walled soccer, players regularly whack the ball (and sometimes their bodies) against the boards which promotes improper technique and too often rewards errant play. In futsal, players are constantly reminded to play the same quality control game that is required for success in the outdoor game. It is played in all the continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. The sport is a great skill developer as it demands quick reflexes, fast thinking and pin-point passing. The small, heavier futsal ball requires players to hone their ball-striking and ball handling technique. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, Messi, Kaka and Martha grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills.
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