SAN JOSE, CA – DeAnza Force and California Thorns were named today as the first boys and girls clubs accepted into the United Futsal Champions Cup Series. A nationally recognized club and perennial powerhouse in the US Soccer Development Academy both on the boys and girls side, the club now adds the highest level of futsal to its players’ calendars each year beginning this Winter. Jeff Baicher, Director of Coaching, officially announced the acceptance today.
World-renown Bay Area club will compete in West 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.
“This type of program has been a long time coming for us. We have some of the best futsal players in the country playing for the club each year, and we are eager to offer those players the opportunity to compete against other top futsal players from around the country and the world under an annual calendar of events that won’t conflict with their soccer schedules.”
Baicher has served as the club’s Director of Soccer for more than 19 years after a successful 12 year professional career that took him all over the world including his last six years in the MLS.
He has also represented our US National and Olympic teams as well as winning a National Championship with Santa Clara University in 1989.
Rob Andrews, President of United Futsal, added, “So much was needed to turn an idea of this magnitude into reality. Without Jeff’s support, insight and experience helping us along the way, this program would not be where it is today.”
Information on how players can apply to join one of the Force/Thorns futsal teams will be available at https://www.deanzaforce.org/.
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.