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BC Soccer FREE Futsal Festival

BC Soccer is thrilled to announce its inaugural free Futsal Festival which will take place January 4-5, in partnership with the University of Fraser Valley (UFV). The festival will create a fun, educational environment that not only demonstrates how to play and teach the game of futsal, but also highlights the FIFA Festivals model, adapted for the game of Futsal by the BC Soccer Grassroots Development Department.  The free festival is open to U9 and U10 teams and will take place at the University of Fraser Valley, Envision Athletics Centre. 

Over the past several years, BC Soccer has held the Provincial Futsal Championships annually in January. While these championships were fun and very popular, BC Soccer noticed that for most people (players and coaches alike) this was the first time they had ever participated in futsal.  Changing the format from a Provincial Championship to a festival will give young players and coaches the opportunity to learn the skills and strategies of futsal in a fun, educational environment which they will then be able to build on year after year.

Event Details

When: January 4th and 5th, 2014
Where: The University of Fraser Valley, Envision Athletics Centre (33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, V2S 7M8)
Open to: Girls & Boys – U9 (2005 born) and U10 (2004 born).
Entry Fee: FREE!

Overview of Activities

- Teams will participate in a mixture of games and workshops. Players will rotate between game
- Coaching education sessions (classroom and on-field) will be available Friday night January 3rd.
- All teams will participate in workshops and games.
- Official Futsal balls will be provided by BC Soccer
- Recommended roster size is 12, however if your team has slightly less or more, we can accommodate.
- Teams will participate on both Saturday or Sunday.
- Teams must have one coach attend the Friday, January 3 Coaching Education Session from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Space is limited so register early!

Schedule of Events (tentative)

Friday January 3rd, 2014
*Coach education component (classroom and on-field)
    - Introduce Futsal and the role of the Futsal coach in training and competition
    - On field component introduces/reviews Futsal specific techniques and formations

Saturday January 4th, 2014
*Player – Teams will rotate between game stations and skill workshop stations so that players and coaches can learn Futsal specific skills/tactics and apply them in a game environment.
*Coaches - Will receive feedback and mentorship during the festival from BC Soccer’s Futsal tutor and Regional Grassroots tutors.

Sunday January 5th, 2014
*Player – Teams will rotate between game stations and skill workshop stations so that players and coaches can learn Futsal specific skills/tactics and apply them in a game environment.

How to Register

To register your team please email Dan Turvill (danturvill@bcsoccer.net) and submit the following application form – 2014 FUTSAL FESTIVAL APPLICATION
*Applications will be accept on a first come first serve basis until the festival is full.

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada’s foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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