Aurora, Colorado - United Futsal is pleased to announce Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (CRYSC) as the latest expansion club for the 2021 Champions Cup Series (CCS). The Major League Soccer (MLS) youth club will compete in the CCS West region and guide select athletes from its pool of 10,000 players to the highest level of international youth futsal.
Danny Woolliscroft, Director of Futsal Programming, has been instrumental in the Club’s move to join the Champions Cup Series (CCS) and is looking forward to the new opportunities the partnership will present Colorado athletes.
“United Futsal will provide an opportunity for players to learn and get excited about futsal. To truly experience the sport. Growing the sport in Colorado and other states will hopefully create a real buzz in the futsal community. Together as a complete nation, the 24 clubs can push the boundaries of futsal,” said Woolliscroft.
The Champions Cup Series (CCS) will offer CRYSC futsal players a defined development pathway that they can grow into through the age groups. Consistent, full-year programs introduce sustainability to the sport, which Woolliscroft believes will entice some of the best coaches and players at the Club to participate.
The new partnership will introduce a vast amount of talent to the United Futsal Player pathway, previously unrepresented in the Rocky Mountain region. As the program grows, CRYSC aims to incorporate futsal training opportunities into the development schedule of all its players – further expanding futsal programming in the state.
President of United Futsal, Rob Andrews commented on the partnership:
“The decision to incorporate futsal into the developmental fabric of a Club as renowned as the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club marks a huge milestone not only for the CRYSC players, but for futsal in the United States. We are eager to work with Donald, Danny, and the rest of the technical staff to support this initiative. A special thanks goes out to Aaron Nagel [CRYSC Executive Director]; his vision and implementation strategy for this program further solidifies his reputation as one of the most innovative club executives in the game today. We are excited to support him and the Club and look forward to seeing how the top futsal players in Colorado stack up against the world’s best!”
Starting in 2021, Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer 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.
More information on the partnership and CRYSC futsal programming can be found at www.rapidsyouthsoccer.org/united-futsal.