Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Independence made history earlier this year by linking up three of the strongest clubs in the greater Charlotte region into one club representing over 10,000 players. With today’s announcement, the club adds a crucial component to their player development pathway with the introduction of a full service futsal division as a part of the overall club
USL Championship club will compete in East Region against world’s best
United Futsal is committed to organizing quality tournaments for youth futsal players to gain experience in a professional atmosphere. CCS Regional Championships build upon the annual tournaments originally founded by United Futsal, World Futsal Championships and World Futsal Cup, that are known for top-level organization.
“Having played in so many different tournaments around the country, United Futsal really puts together a world-class event,” said Mauricio, STL Futsal Director of Coaching. “I hope that people listen and understand what world-class means. The detail that United Futsal puts into this whole effort doesn’t compare to anything else I’ve seen in the country.”
As stated, United Futsal crowned eight champions at CCS Central Regionals. Congratulations to the winners that opened the Champions Cup Series (CCS) with a trophy in their arms. Check out the full list below.
“We’ve been looking at futsal for a few years now, and when the opportunity came to join this program, the timing was finally right. We’re excited to be able to offer our players the chance to compete against the highest level futsal teams from around the world and our coaches the opportunity to learn from the leading youth futsal experts.”
Finlay has served as the Director of Coaching for Carolina Rapids before the merger. As a player he played for famed Celtic Boys Club while also representing the Scotland Schoolboys National Team. After accepting a scholarship to Wake Forest, he was a two-time captain, MVP, All-ACC and All-South Selection at Wake Forest.
Rob Andrews, President of United Futsal, added, “Having a youth-to-pro soccer club the caliber of Charlotte Independence getting into futsal is a gamechanger for the landscape of futsal in the US. The vision and resources Thomas and staff are able to provide guarantee they will become one of the top futsal academies in the country in short order. The benefits received by their players, coaches and the referees in the greater Charlotte area will have ripple effects on futsal throughout the Southeast.”
Information on how players can apply to join the team will be available at https://www.independencesoccer.club
Rob Andrews, President of United Futsal, added, "STL Futsal has taken tremendous strides in the past year. The club showcased its quality at Disney last year and will surely do so in 2020. We are excited to see how the club matches up against the world's best!"
The club will feature 4 boys and 4 girls futsal teams in bi-annual age divisions for the Champions Cup Series. Each team will compete in 3 official tournaments each year: Regional Championships each Winter and the National Championships and World Futsal Championships each Summer.
Information on how players can apply to join one of the STL Futsal teams is available here.