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ELITE YOUTH TOURNAMENT

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Saskatoon Futsal League – SFL is pleased to announce its 1st Futsal Elite Youth Tournament. The purpose of this tournament is to create a fun environment for players to continue to develop their futsal skills and to continue to grow the culture and passion of futsal in Saskatoon. This tournament will follow FIFA Futsal Rules with 4 outfield players plus a GK.

TARGETED AGE GROUPS:

  • U11 BOYS or GIRLS (6 TEAMS) – Born: 2007 & 2008
  • U13 BOYS (6 TEAMS) – Born: 2005 & 2006
  • U13 GIRLS (6 TEAMS) – Born: 2005 & 2006
  • U15 BOYS or Girls (6 Teams) – Born: 2003 & 2004

WHERE? Family Focus Court at Sasktel Soccer Centre

DATE OF TOURNAMENT? October 20-22nd, 2017

DAYS OF GAMES:

  • Friday: 5:30 -10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 8:45 am – 6:45 pm
  • Sunday: 8:45 am – 1:45 pm

COST?

  • U11 – $250.00
  • U13 – $300.00
  • U15 – $325.00

# GAMES: 3 GAMES + FINALS

ROSTER SIZE: Maximum of 12 players

CONFIRMATION DEADLINE: October 10th, 2017

FEE DEADLINE: October 10th, 2017.

HOW TO REGISTER?  First, you must confirm your desired participation by emailing us back at saskatoonfutsal@gmail.com. After that, we will confirm your participation and we will request that you send the roster of your participating players. Deadline for Roster Submission is October 10th, 2017.

PRECOMPETITION MEETING: We will be having a pre-competition meeting with the accepted team delegates on Thursday October 19th at 7:30 pm at the Sasktel Soccer Centre. For out of city/province clubs, we will have a brief meeting on Friday October 20th.

For additional information, feel free to contact our league members at: saskatoonfutsal@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest in futsal, and we look forward to seeing you on the court!

Saskatoon Futsal World Cup 2016

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This past weekend Dec. 16th-18th the Saskatoon Futsal League (SFL) held its 1st Futsal Mini World Cup at the Family Focus court of the Saskatoon SaskTel Soccer Centre. The tournament was a great success with 8 participating teams in: Morocco, Ukraine, Peru, Iraq, Canada, Nigeria, Romania and China.

Group A consisted of: Ukraine, Peru, Morocco & Iraq.
Group B consisted of: Nigeria, Romania, Canada & China.

Group B ended up being a very tight group with most games coming down to 2 or 3 goal differentials, and where the eventual finalists came out of this group. Canada and Nigeria were the teams to advance out of this group with a surprise China taking it to the last game to keep in suspense who would be the 2nd team to advance, but they eventually fell to Nigeria 5-3 in the last group game.

In group A, Ukraine dominated the competition finishing in 1st place with Peru coming in 2nd place.

The semifinals were set up with 2 very intriguing matches. Ukraine vs Nigeria was the clear heavy tilt and it didn’t disappoint. Nigeria jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead before Ukraine started to make thing happen and brought the game back to 3-2. The last 5 minutes were very intense as Ukraine was pushing for the equalizer and Nigeria pushing for a more comfortable lead. Abumere Okonofua made some key saves in net for Nigeria and they finally were able to get 1 more assurance goal to end the game 4-2 and guarantee their passage to the Final.
The other semifinal Canada vs Peru on paper didn’t look as intriguing but it ended up being a very close contest. Canada led at halftime 2-0 and was dominating, with Peru’s goalkeeper keeping them in the game. The 2nd half was a very different story, Peru started to carry the play and managed to tie the game 2-2. Canada continued to create chances but couldn’t finish the game off until the last 3 minutes when they were able to capitalize on a counter attack and Marcos Henderson scored the eventual winner, and with this the Final was set up Canada vs Nigeria which promised to be a good game as they played each other in the round robin with Canada winning that match 5-4!

So the final was set, and this game didn’t disappoint! The atmosphere was great with a very good crowd on hand to watch the final. The game was a tactical battle with Canada deciding to drop and defend tight to prevent Nigeria’s counter attacks and speed as they had a much smaller bench due to injuries. On the other hand, Canada tried to take advantage of set-pieces and counter-attacks. Canada scored first of a set piece with Jerson Barandica cracking a shot to the top corner, and this is how the 1st half ended (1-0 Canada ). For the 2nd half, Canada continued to defend tight and Darko Hardi took advantage of two chances on counter attacks to extend the lead 3-0. The last 10 minutes it was the Alexander Dyachenko show! Nigeria came back with a vengeance and if it weren’t for the great saves of Dyachenko in net, this game couldn’t have been easily tied. The final whistle went and Canada were deserving Champions going undefeated through the tournament!

Top Scorer: Darko Hardi (Canada)

Best Goalie: Alexander Dyachenko (Canada)

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We look forward to the 2017 Futsal World Cup where we will want to continue to expand to 12 teams and with a target date of early December for the tournament. For pictures, and more information on the tournament and what our Saskatoon Futsal League (SFL) is hoping to accomplish with Futsal in the Saskatoon Community follow us on facebook at ‘Saskatoon Futsal League´.

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2016 Saskatoon Futsal League – Youth Fall Futsal Finals.

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TD SOCCER ACADEMY (U-11 BOYS), AURORA SC (GIRLS), AND SAETA FC #2 (U-13 BOYS) WON THEIR RESPECTIVE LEAGUE

The SFL U-11 and U-13 division for both boys and girls were offered this year. The Youth League finals took place for this first year in Saskatoon at the Family Focus Court of the Sasktel Soccer Centre. The event was a success with over 100 people attending the games.

SAETA FC U-11 vs TD SOCCER ACADEMY. The first Futsal final match featured Saeta FC U-11 at the facing off against TD Soccer Academy. The game was very well played from both sides that exhibited a fast paced, and technical game with plenty of exciting combination plays that got the fans on their toes. The scored ended 6-2 for TD Soccer Academy. Adrian Arias who plays with Saeta FC scored 14 goals in 7 games thus becoming the Top Scorer of the U-11 Youth Futsal League Fall 2016.

Peter Morris who Coached TD Soccer Academy said: “We like Futsal and our Team Won the League. This was wonderful for us and we will want to participate in the next Futsal session”. Thiago Prado who coached SAETA FC U-11 said: “I am very proud of the way the boys played, they were very good with their movement off the ball and their technical execution of their passes. It was unfortunate we didn’t score many of our chances but they created lots”.

TD SOCCER ACADEMY vs AURORA SC. The second games was an all Girls Futsal exhibition U-11 game that featured the Aurora SC against TD Soccer Girls. The scored was 2-1 for Aurora SC and the Top Scorer was Tamaret Honja who plays with Aurora SC. Head Coach Shaun Eaton had the following to say: “I love Futsal, it is an exciting game for the children. We hope as a Club to participate with more Teams in the next Futsal Youth League in Winter 2017”.

SAETA U-13 #1 vs SAETA FC U-13 #2. The third final game featured Saeta FC U13 #1  facing off against Saeta FC U13 #2.  The scored was 6-0 winning Saeta FC U-13 #2. Simon Funk who plays with Saeta FC U-13 #2 scored 4 goals to ensure a 6-0 win and the title for Saeta FC #2. Simon scored 22 goals in 7 games thus becoming the Top Scorer of the U-13 Youth Futsal League Fall 2016.

Jaime Meza, Head Coach of Saeta FC#2 said: “ Futsal is the beautiful game and children are the stars of the game. They enjoy the beautiful game of Futsal and we give them the space to make them happy. Futsal is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin point passing”.  Jerson Barandica, Head Coach of Saeta FC#1 said: It was fun to watch the kids have the opportunity to put into play everything that they have been learning in terms of their futsal decision making and their ability to play combinations in tight spaces”.

It is evident that “the beautiful game of Futsal’ will help these players enjoy and become better players of ‘the beautiful game of soccer’ ”.

 

 

F.C. EVEDAN WIN FUTSAL INVITATIONAL LEAGUE FALL 2016

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It was an all Saskatoon Futsal League final this past Friday (November 18, 2016) at the Family Focus Court of the Sasktel Soccer Centre where Olimpia F.C. and F.C. Evedan faced off.

F.C. Evedan were crowed champions after beating Olimpia F.C. in a close game that was defined with penalty shots 3-2. FC Evedan went undefeated in the League by beating out rival Teams International F.C. and Saeta F.C. to make it to the final.

F.C. Evedan’s goalie Alexander Dyachenko was the early hero of the league saving two penalties to keep F.C. Evedan as champions and making crucial saves throughout the rest of the game.  Dyachenko said: “the game was a very emotional game, we knew it would be tough”.

Finally, Anatoli Rotar scored 10 goals in 7 games thus becoming the Top Scorer of the Futsal Invitational League Fall 2016.

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All change on the futsal scene

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If there is one thing that made the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 a turning point in the history of the sport, then it was Argentina’s maiden title win. The only one of the competition’s three ever-presents never to have graced a final before, La Albiceleste set that record straight in style.

Brazil and Spain, the other two sides with perfect attendance records and the only previous winners of the competition, both crashed out earlier than expected, which merely heightened the feeling that Colombia 2016 marked a break with the past, regardless of the identity of the eventual winners. Adding to the sense that this was the end of an era in international futsal was the departure of Brazil star Falcao from the world stage. It all left many wondering if the game had seen the emergence of a new world order.

“Up to now it’s just been words, but the global spread of the game and its professionalisation have raised standards from the bottom up,” said Diego Giustozzi, the coach responsible for Argentina’s improvement since the last World Cup, both as a team and on an individual level, as reflected by the awards presented to team captain Fernando Wilhelm and goalkeeper Nicolas Sarmiento.

“You need more than just a reputation to win the big names now,” added Giustozzi. “The results are there for everyone to see: if you don’t put the work in, then you’re out.” Reflecting on what his side’s title win signifies, he added: “It means Argentina are now very much a part of the world futsal elite.”

A new wave
Like Argentina, Russia came into the competition as contenders, a status they confirmed by defeating their bogey side Spain in the quarter-finals. Combined with their billing as European runners-up, that victory made them favourites heading into the final. Not for the first time, however, the Russians were denied at the last.

“It’s been a fantastic success for Russian futsal,” said team captain Vladislav Shayakhmetov. “Not everyone can say that they’re World Cup runners-up. For us it was fantastic to play in the final.”

Completing the podium were Iran, another team to make the most of their attributes and who scored a notable success in knocking Brazil out in the last 16. “Futsal is as popular as football in my country, but we don’t have the facilities,” explained their coach Seyed Nazemalsharieh. “We’re looking to raise standards and this third place will go a long way to helping us do that.”

The rest of the field
Portugal also impressed, though given all their individual attributes they were disappointed to finish only fourth. Spain had even less to celebrate. Hampered by a string of injuries, they failed to progress to the semis for the first time since the inaugural world finals.

In contrast, debutants Azerbaijan were thrilled to make the quarter-finals, as were Paraguay and Egypt, two other sides to make a very favourable impression at Colombia 2016. As for Italy, however, they took a backward step, having made the podium at the previous three World Cups.

There was no bigger surprise than the last-16 exit of five-time world champions Brazil, who, for the first time in their history, were absent from the last four, while hosts Colombia also fell short of expectations and were unable to back up the stunning fourth place they achieved in Thailand four years ago. Meanwhile, Thailand, Costa Rica and tournament newcomers Vietnam all provided a breath of fresh air with their hugely promising performances.

A legend departs, stars excel
Bowing out on a high by pocketing the adidas Bronze Boot, the peerless Falcao handed the baton on to a very worthy heir: Portugal’s Ricardinho. The winner of the adidas Golden Boot, the Portuguese star is one of those players who know what it means to be an ambassador for the sport on and off the pitch.

Also distinguishing themselves were a clutch of players in their mid to late 20s, among them Iran’s Ahmad Esmaeilpour and Mahdi Javid, the Argentinians Cristian Borruto and Alan Brandi, Spain’s Lozano, Egypt’s Ahmed Moza, Azerbaijan’s naturalised Brazilian Thiago Bolinha, Paraguay’s Juan Salas, Thailand’s Suphawut Thueanklang and Brazil’s Bateria.

As for the out-and-out veterans, it was Argentina skipper Wilhelm who stood out, along with Brazilian-born Russian pair Eder Lima and Romulo, Italy’s Humberto Honorio and Iran’s Mohammad Keshavarz. Figuring large among the tournament’s outstanding young players, meanwhile, were Argentina’s Sarmiento and Russia’s Ivan Chishkala.

The legacy of Colombia 2016
The Legacy Programme at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 involved a total of four courses: sports management, grassroots futsal (rolled out at the three tournament venues), referees and an advanced coaching course in which coaches from Colombia’s Liga de Futsal Argos took part along with colleagues from countries that did not reach the world finals.

Among the FIFA instructors were Paulo de Oliveira, who coached Brazil to the world title on home soil in 2008, and Argentina’s Vicente De Luise, the man in charge of La Albiceleste at Netherlands 1989 and Hong Kong 1992, the first two Futsal World Cups.

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festival 6festival 7Saskatoon Futsal League organized a mini futsal festival this past Saturday August 27th on the Family Focus court of the Saskatoon Sasktel Soccer Centre. The goal of this event was to increase the awareness of the sport of Futsal in the Saskatoon Community and to give the kids another option to enjoy themselves. The event was a great success, with about 50 kids attending. The day was divided into 2 age groups: U8 & U10 in the first session from 12-2 pm and U12 & U14 in the second session. The session’s were broken into futsal specific training and games. A key addition for the games was the involvement of the recently graduated Futsal referees from our 2nd Futsal Referee Clinic that occurred on August 20 & 21st.

Thanks to all the participants that attended, we hope you enjoyed and we now look forward to the start of our U11 & U13 Fall Futsal League. For more information, regarding registration ( which just opened) and details of our league check our website at: http://www.saskatoonfutsal.com

Sincerely,

Saskatoon Futsal League.
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