Orlando, Florida - The 2021 Champions Cup Series (CCS) East Regionals came to a close on Monday, January 11th, with eight teams crowned champions at Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando. The second edition of the youth futsal tournament series welcomed 64 teams for a weekend of fast-paced futsal action in the Sunshine State.
First and foremost, United Futsal would like to congratulate all the CCS Eastern Conference winners from the weekend. Listed below are the Division 1 title holders of each division. For full tournament results, visit here.
Last weekend in Orlando, United Futsal welcomed futsal-specific youth clubs from across the nation for a competition based on prestigious quality. From the praised event facility to the tournament playing conditions, CCS East Regionals kicked off 2021 with a passionate group of futsal supporters that were eager to return to match play with others.
"The tournament was amazing because everybody needs sport," said Stephen Decker, Space Coast Soccer Club head coach. "Not only as a mental health aspect. We need sports to come together as human beings. I think this event has been huge."
The sentiment expressed by Decker was the common theme at CCS East Regionals. American futsal advocates engaged in a community experience that is hard to come by during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For those familiar with United Futsal events, the quality of competition is a fundamental component of all occasions. Talented youth futsal players from the United States are provided a platform to showcase electrifying skills against opponents they are not usually matched up against. Players at the opening regional tournament praised the competition level that is hard to come by in their local regions.
"This is the first time in a long time that I have had some real competition in futsal," said Jaxson Edmondson, member of the School of Ginga 06/07 squad. "The teams we play back home are not the best. Here we had to put in some work to compete."
CCS East Regionals ultimately exposed youth talent to the futsal standards of other regions in the United States. To keep pace with the competition, players are now motivated to improve in future performances.
"This tournament will make me work harder because I know what the real standards are," said Kamden Williams, member of the Cadence 06/07 team. "Not just in the small area where I live but the whole country. I will think more about the other people that are working. I have to stay on top of my game."
"It’s a big inspiration to play with better players," said Rocco Johnson, member of the Chicago Street Futsal 08/09 squad. "That really inspires me to work harder."
The 12-year-old continued with a response crafted by an aspiring youth futsal athlete.
"I took East Regionals as a business trip rather than a fun trip," said Johnson. "Futsal is a serious sport. There is no messing around."
Youth futsal players returned home with CCS Nationals and the World Futsal Championships in their summer calendars. In the meantime, CCS clubs will retool for the multi-event that will bring the Western Conference into the mix of elite youth futsal in the United States.
"As a new club founded within the last year, our performance here will be shared socially with potential players that want to play at Cream City," said Josh Perkins, Cream City Futsal Program Manager. "It’s going to be an opportunity to build the teams out to be even stronger when we return in July."
United Futsal is grateful to have hosted the passionate futsal supporters that competed in Orlando. The hard work displayed on the courts was not overlooked by our staff that witnessed the next generation of youth futsal players compete at the highest level. We look forward to hosting the Champions Cup Series (CCS) West Regionals in the Spring.
Stay tuned for a recap of the United Futsal University Diploma 1 coaching session.
For full tournament results, visit here.