Futsal traces its origins to South America in the 1930s. But the indoor version of soccer didn’t take hold until half a century later, when it's credited with helping expand the repertoire of players such as Brazil’s Zico, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, who brought a different dimension to the outdoor game.
The short passing and ultra-tight control required by futsal’s smaller ball and fast pace are elements missing at most levels of play in this country. And United States futsal national team members hope to set an example when they compete in the Concacaf Futsal Championship in Guatemala from May 3-9.
“A lot of kids want to learn and I’m sure it’s going to grow if we get a spot in the World Cup,” Safira FC’s Alencar Junior said.