Disclaimer: We do not have specific details about the winter Futsal season and the safety of training and playing indoors with the reality of COVID-19. Right now, we will host tryouts outdoors (like last year) and plan for a season with the understanding that things could look vastly different and need to be amended. Planning and preparing for a season is the first step. This will allow us to adjust, adapt and revise when we know more about the reality of the season. THUS — FUTSAL IS ON (for now!).
Last year, around this time, we recapped all the great Futsal accomplishments from throughout the year and announced the new tryout structure for Futsal ID. This year sure threw us a curveball but we’re back to talk about ID tryouts (similar to last year!) AND share just a few Futsal activities we got in before the pandemic.
We hosted a fun and successful Futsal Cup in early January; two champions and three finalists were crowned at the USYS Regional Tournament in late January; 17 teams (ID and PRO) competed at the USFF Regional Championship in Atlantic City in February (1 champion, 1 finalist!); we wrapped up an awesome Futsal League season in March; and we hosted a socially distant Futsal Ball Mastery program in July. [So maybe we did fit in a decent amount of futsal in three months this year!].
After successful Futsal ID tryouts last year we’re going to keep the same structure of hosting tryouts during Academy practices to help make the program more accessible to all! Below is a Q&A with information about tryouts, along with dates. Psssst – register for tryouts first!
After reading through the Q&A feel free to send us an email if we’ve missed something. ([email protected])
No time to read through this? Here are the quick hits:
- Click here to sign up for tryouts
- Tryouts take place during regular Academy practices
- U13 – U19 | October 5th – 9th
- U9 – U12 | October 12th – 16th
- Have your child wear flats, tennis shoes or futsal shoes.
Can kids OUTSIDE of ASA tryout during these sessions?
YES. Kids outside the club who are interested in playing Futsal ID should register to attend tryouts per usual and attend the sessions. These are the only scheduled ID tryouts this year.
Sounds like a good idea but my kid is not interested in playing Futsal ID this winter. Should he / she still attend practices on these days?
Definitely! Academy players should use this as an opportunity to improve in a small sided environment (kids will be grouped by those who are trying out versus those who are not).
If my kid will be attending practice that day regardless do I still have to register him / her?
Yes. Yes again. Please, please do. If kids aren’t registered we won’t have the session set up properly and won’t have an accurate count of potential players. An accurate number helps us begin to determine how many teams we can create per age group.
That reminds me, how many teams will you have per age group?
We’re projecting multiple teams per age group (U9 – U15, two to four teams, U16 – U19, two to three teams). This is our best prediction, but subject to change.
Futsal is played on a hard surface right? How will the kids tryout if they’re on turf?
Good question! Kids should wear flat shoes (tennis shoes, turf shoes, futsal shoes). We’ll be setting up the tryout fields to be futsal sized, using futsal goals and playing with a futsal ball. Essentially we’re recreating the futsal experience on turf. We brainstormed a lot of solutions to this challenge and determined this was the best and most efficient way to hold tryouts and maximize the amount of kids who can participate.
Ok — I got it. Register for tryouts. Send my child to tryouts with flat shoes. What should I know about the season?
Once tryouts are over we will select teams and send invites as soon as possible. Teams in the same age group may have a slightly different tournament and/or practice schedule throughout the season but every team can expect:
- 2 practices per week
- 1 (optional) explosive performance training session per week
- 1 (optional) Goalkeeper training session per week
- Participation in ASA’s Futsal League (January — March, games on Sundays)
- Participation in ASA’s Futsal Cup (January 3–5, 2020)
- Participation in one other tournament
- **Some teams may participate in State and/or Regionals and Nationals— this will be determined by a team’s experience level on a case by case basis.**
For a full overview of the Futsal ID program, and to register (because everyone must register for tryouts!), check out our ID PAGE!