Local ABK Futsal players received word early last week they would have the opportunity to represent the United States in the international futsal tournament held in San Jose, Costa Rica July 23-30.
As part of the selection process, players took part in the fourth annual U.S. Youth Futsal National I.D. Trials in Overland Park, Kansas.
Players who made teams traveling to Costa Rica are Chessie Mac Anaspie, Braeleigh McCoy, Allie Mairn, Taylor Rank, Jonathan Stout and Megan Clayton.
“I am incredibly proud of all these players,” said ABK Director Jose Fabian Rodriguez. “Each one of them went through a rigorous assessment during the National ID camp and were selected as the best of the best by the US coaching staff. We are looking forward to seeing them play against international teams this coming week. ”
ABK was originally founded to provide young athletes of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to compete at the highest level of futsal possible by educating them on futsal and life values. These values include leadership, teamwork, work ethic, respect and honesty.
Today ABK is ranked as one of the top futsal academies in the United States and regularly fields teams that capture national titles.
Futsal is the only form of indoor soccer recognized by FIFA. It is a very fast-paced game played with a smaller, heavier ball on a basketball-sized court, with four players and a keeper.
United States Youth Futsal is the largest U.S. Soccer affiliated futsal organization in the United States. Launched in 2004, U.S. Youth Futsal oversees more than 100 local leagues from Seattle to Florida to San Diego to New Hampshire. U.S. Youth Futsal annually hosts 8 Regional Championships and 1 National Championship.
The U.S. Youth Futsal I.D. program includes 9 Regional I.D. Camps and 1 National I.D. Camp, from which youth national teams are selected. It is led by U.S. Youth Futsal Technical Director (and USMNFT Head Coach) Keith Tozer.
Michigan Futbol Academy aspires to create consistent opportunities such as this for players in both futsal and soccer. Best of luck to all players competing this week!