By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
September 1, 2022-Girls on different clubs in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) wanted to continue to progress so they started playing futsal, a 5 vs. 5 version of the game where players improve their ball control because of many touches within tight spaces. Through coach David Camasca’s expertise, Hudson Valley Futsal was created.
Last winter, they kicked off play with seven girls at the Futsal 201 league just over the state border at Downtown Sports in Mahwah, New Jersey. This summer, registration increased to 35 players, both boys and girls from Under-9 to Under-17, and they competed once again at Futsal 201.
“What we quickly discovered was that these kids immediately became better technically and tactically not only in futsal but also in the larger pitch of soccer,” explained Hudson Valley Futsal coach Ronald Martinez. “It improved their decision-making, creativity, speed of play, teamwork, footwork, confidence and most importantly their love of the sport, as futsal is a thrilling, fast and a fun environment that allows players to not dwell on mistakes as there are dozens of opportunities within a match.”
The Hudson Valley players are also lucky to have professional player Diego Mayanga as one of their coaches. He played with the Peru Boys-Under-15 Youth National Team, Martin Luther King High School and Bloomfield College plus professionally indoors with the Baltimore Blast and Rochester Lancers.
Hudson Valley in blue moving the ball upfield. Photo courtesy of Hudson Valley Futsal.
The kids acquitted themselves rather well this summer with Hudson Valley Futsal Jermain advancing to the Middle Age Group final against the Killa Bees.
“Futsal 201 provided us with the platform, space and resources to grow,” Coach Martinez added.
They are hoping that Futsal 201 can start a league in the Hudson Valley this upcoming winter so they can play local games. For more information about Futsal 201’s expansion efforts, please contact Simon Royle at firstname.lastname@example.org or PJ Petrow at email@example.com