By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
January 25, 2017-Futsal is a wonderful player development tool and it’s the only form of indoor soccer officially approved by FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.
Futsal also helps develop referees in addition to players. Just as US Soccer needs its officials to become certified to ref outdoor soccer, US Soccer offers referee courses for refs to be able to officiate futsal games.
As winter is the height of futsal activity in New York, the next futsal certification course will be held very soon, on the weekend of February 4 and 5 at Newfield High School, 145 Marshall Drive in Selden, Long Island.
On Saturday, February 4, the course goes from 9 am to 4 pm and on Sunday, February 5 from 9 am to noon. Immediately following the course, there will be a meeting from noon to 2 pm to help officials become assigned to ref local futsal games.
The cost is $90 made via Paypal. Refs already certified for outdoor soccer need not purchase new uniforms as the same kits are used for futsal.
Before the course, candidates must complete the US Soccer Grade 8 Futsal Referee Modules and the US Soccer registration form. For the modules, registration form and to register, log on to https://sites.google.com/site/ussffutsalreferee/futsal-referee-course
Any questions, please e-mail clinician Steven Wowk at firstname.lastname@example.org
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.