January 20, 2019 - Richmond, VA; As the club systems across the US embrace futsal as a key to player development, FutsalETA continues to make it's mark in the region with it's third straight regionalchampionship and will head to Kansas City for the USYF Nationals February 15-18. FutsalETA 05 boys knocked off defending champion FutsalRVA in the finals as well as Richmond United Development Academy teams to make it to the title match and punch their ticket to Kansas City. As one of 18 inaugural clubs in the country, FutsalETA was honored to be selected as a US Youth Futsal Development Academy member in 2018 and will continue to build on its success and expand its offerings to develop players, enhance the soccer culture and ultimately grow the game.
The 05 boys have been a member of ETA's development system since competing in USL's Super Y League program in 2014, it's winter and summer Futsal academies and supplemental training with FutsalETA's Technical Director Mo Kanneh. "FutsalETA is the game changer for player development in Williamsburg, Hampton, Yorktown, Newport News and the Hampton Roads region. It's no mistake that Ronaldinho, Neymar and Messi grew up playing futsal and have dominated on the world scene. A shift in our soccer culture with a focus on proper futsal development in the US will create these types of crafty, confident players to to help close the gap between our national teams and the world powers." says Coach Kanneh. "Our 04 girls which won back to back regional championships in 2017 & 2018 also started in our USL Super Y program as U11 players and since won USYF futsal titles as well as WAGS, Jefferson Cup and other top events before landing with ECNL and top ranked clubs in the region. This 05 boys group is special having won a VA State Cup title in 2018 outdoors, will compete well at the upcoming nationals and are destined to gain playing opportunities over the remainder of their youth careers, in college and beyond."
Having embraced futsal as the main developmental tool over the last 5 years, ETA "Elite Training Academy" and Premiere Sportscenter Yorktown have provided a training academy and league system that has exposed players to futsal techniques, tactics, playing with pace and a competitive mindset that has taken players to the next level not only in the futsal arena but as top outdoor players in the country. "Not only are we proud to have won 3 straight US Futsal Regional Championships as FutsalETA, but more importantly that we have helped our players gain opportunities at the next level with futsal, outdoor national league clubs, US National team pools and ultimately into quality college programs." says ETA Director of Soccer Kevin Darcy. "It's not about us retaining players for our own benefit - but more importantly that we make players better and get them to the highest levels and opportunities in the game. Our staff understands that we have had our day as players, it's about them and what we can do to make them better and enhance their experience."
In addition to the 05 boys, FutsalETA was represented in the USYF Regionals by our 09 boys JR Academy, 07 boys, 07 girls (3rd place) and our 05 girls.