Friday, November 9, 2012

Why is it that USA National team didn't make it to the World Cup ?

Unfortunately in America Futsal is considered a winter sport.  Soccer players will play Futsal just because there are no outdoor fields available in winter.  Players will be playing Futsal for a maximum of three months and then they will all go back to outdoor soccer.

Players for the national team should be picked from a Professional League that is playing Futsal all year around. There is no Professional Futsal League in the country and the players that are being picked for the team are taken from the Indoor Soccer league teams.  Indoor Soccer has no similarities to Futsal.  The ball is different, the field size and surface is different, there are six players on each team versus five in Futsal, etc.
At the coaching clinic in Spain I realized that players play Futsal as Futsal, for the game itself, not because there’s no outdoor soccer. Few, if any, also play outdoor soccer on a competitive level. That’s a big contrast to the U.S. or Canada, where players focus on outdoor soccer for nine or 10 months a year, then transition to a 10-week Futsal season when winter arrives.

There is no doubt that Keith Tozer ( current Futsal National Team Head coach ) is one of the best Futsal coaches in the US.   By growing the sport we will be having Futsal players who are now coachable also.  The coach will be able to pick from a large pool of Futsal players ( instead of picking players from the indoor teams ) and train the new methods of play.

In order to grow the sport we will need the support form the US Soccer Federation in order to put together a league that is focused on Futsal.  


  1. To me it would be a surprise of the US National Team DID make it to the World Cup. It takes more than a large wealthy nation, a great coach, and support from US Soccer - there needs to be cultural change which is hard to bring about. The Fifa Futsal World Cup is going on right now and there is pretty much no media coverage in the US. Even among serious soccer fans, very few know that the World Cup is happening and most don't know of any futsal players other than Falcao. It's surprising that US would even be competitive in the Concacaf Futsal Championships.

  2. Well said Herbinho,

    We need to be talking more often about the game in US. If we can get the federation onboard we will get the media and TV. right now MA Futsal Association has around 250 teams signed up for the league and that is a lot more teams since the past years. It all comes down to marketing. We can start talking about Futsal with all the Outdoor Soccer players and encourage them to watch the game