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Toque Futsal joins inaugural class of United Futsal Champions Cup Series

LOS ANGELES, CA – The champions of the 2019 World Futsal Championships will look to repeat as they enter the Champions Cup Series in 2020. Since 2012, Toque Futsal has been providing the Greater LA area with the highest level futsal opportunities. The world-renown provider of leagues, competitive teams and local tournaments in LA will now be put to the test as they compete annually against the world’s best.

2019 World Futsal Champions will compete in West Region against world’s best

Ginga Futsal Cincinnati officially announced the acceptance today. 

"United Futsal provides a pathway to the highest level of competition," said Jon Caldwell, Ginga Futsal Cincinnati Co-Founder. "Hopefully, a lot more clubs jump on board the Champions Cup Series. I believe that it is going to get more popular and grow even more. United Futsal has put something together that is very special and can unite the world of futsal." 

In 2010, Ginga Futsal Cincinnati was founded by Caldwell and Derek Smith. The long-time friends who both played professionally in the United Soccer League (USL) were motivated to develop better soccer players in the United States. 

Ginga Futsal Cincinnati started by offering a skills program as well as free street soccer in the region. In 2012, the club’s futsal program was established in order to meet the needs of its players that progressed. The club now consists of 250 players, with some traveling over an hour to participate.

“We are excited to be a part of the inaugural class of the Champions Cup Series. Last year was life-changing for our Alevin boys team, and we are ready to offer those same experience to the other boys and girls Toque teams.”
Valdemar Mendez, Director of Programming

Mendez has served as the Director of Programming for Toque Futsal for 7 years. He has worked extensively with non-profit organizations to develop futsal in the Los Angeles Area. He had a successful playing career at Cypress College before turning to coaching full time.

Rob Andrews, President of United Futsal, added, “Toque Futsal has emerged as the top futsal program in Los Angeles and we couldn’t be happier to have his organization in the Champions Cup Series inaugural class. While their competitive teams are second to none, it’s the work they do in the grassroots that will be their greatest legacy. I am eager for our other members to learn from them as they grow the grassroots futsal players in their local areas.”

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Information on how players can apply to join one of the Toque Futsal Academy teams will be available at https://www.toquefutsal.com/.

United Futsal welcomes Ginga Futsal Cincinnati as an expansion club for the Champions Cup Series (CCS). The long-established club brings experience and commitment from its founders to the prestigious youth futsal tournament series. 

Rob Andrews, President of United Futsal, added, "Ginga Futsal Cincinnati has been on the futsal scene for many years. The clubs has developed elite futsal players that have competed at our Disney tournament. 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 Ginga Futsal Cincinnati teams will be available at https://www.schoolofginga.com/.

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