Thursday, February 14, 2008

Pele never played Futsal by Carlos Mateus

Just to keep you well informed in futsal; Pelé never played organized futsal, he was raised in a small town and his father was a local soccer hero in that community. Pele played outdoors soccer in his home town youth soccer games.
The real futsal player making his way in soccer is the 18 year old Alexandre Pato, now playing in the Milan Italy, beside Kaka, who was also from futsal. Pato played Futsal from 6 years old till 15. and was spotted by a soccer scout, at 16 he turned professional soccer player. Playing for the
Internacional Soccer club, pf the Brazilian premier league, He scored a goal in the World Club
Championships , in Japan , against Barcelona, Spain, and put on a good show, and won the 2006 world club cup. Pato only played 16 month of professional soccer, and is in his way to be Fifa player of the year.
In Brazil youth players are developed in futsal, to make a change to soccer is an option. The majority stay playing futsal.
According to experts , the age to change from futsal to soccer is between 12 to 15 years old. Most of the professional soccer teams have futsal program, and those who are spotted as potential soccer players, are put on in a soccer boarding school program, with everything paid, including; house and wages for the parents. It is a system that works down here, just like youth hockey in Canada, parenting are behind to get in the money with their children.
Robinho, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Pato, never played organized youth soccer, just futsal. all of them were put in a soccer program by their adopted clubs.
Falcao, the best futsal player in the world, try to play on grass, but did not succeed , he was 26 years old, now he is getting better pay in futsal.
If you could convince the Canadian Soccer Association to have the Canadian children play futsal until they are 12 years old before change to play soccer. believe me , you would make history in Canadian Soccer, as well as we would see Canadian score goals.

Canadian Futsal History by Carlos Mateus

In 1984, Osvaldo Garcia contacted me in Nanaimo, we decided to have the first North America Cup in order to promote the game in Canada and USA; however in the event were two team from Canada and two from USA.
The two Canadian teams were from the Nanaimo League were futsal officially started in Canada.
It was a two day event, the USA team coached by Osvaldo Garcia was supposed to be the USA National Futsal Team, and the Canadian Team coached by Ike Mackay. the other USA team was a pick up team from Oregon State, coached by a Brazilian fellow, and the second team from Canada, was a native team.
On Saturday the USA National team played the Nanaimo Native Sons and won by 6 to 5, and the Canadian team beat The USA Oregon by 6 to 2.
The cup was decided on Sunday. The Canadian team beat the USA National Team by 9 to 3 and won the championship.
The event was televised by BCTV.
Alex Para was the referee, and done everything possible to change the score in favour of the USA. Like most of the people involved in futsal, Alex Para did not know the rules of the game, as he was an outdoor referee of a beer league in Berkeley, Ca.
Osvaldo knew the Game , and was surprised with the Canadian team. The final game was watched by 300 people at the Nanaimo Civic Arena.
Also we had youth games before the main games.
The Canadian team led by Ike MacKay was formed by players from the two time Canadian Amateur Soccer Champion Victoria West.
The Canadian team players were all born in Canada, the USA team was formed with players from Brazil (2), Argentina, Mexico, and an Italian American goalkeeper.

In the same year we were invited to attend the first
Pan American Cup in Brazil. The same team led by Ike,
had the best game against Argentina leading the score
in the first half by 3 to 2, before loosing by 4 to 3,
we played Bolivia and Paraguay, loosing 3 to 1 and 11
to 4. The USA team drew Brazil and lost by 31 to nil,
and the goalkeeper smashed his face in the goal post,
and was take to the hospital.
The North America Cup in Nanaimo and the Pan American
Cup in Brazil were the spring board to have futsal in
The Pan American Games, and that was my share to
develop the game.
"Now I'm back home, living by the sea side, wondering
why I left this tropical paradise".

Monday, February 11, 2008

Robinho and Futsal

12/02/2008Robinho & Futsal
Robinho Futsal interview (exclusive) Tuesday 5th February 2008FAI Futsal National Coordinator, Derek O’Neill caught up this week with Real Madrid’s Brazilian superstar Robinho in an exclusive interview to chat about how he developed his mesmeric ball skills and mercurial footwork. Robinho is a perfect example of the type of skilful player that the game of Futsal can help to produce. With numerous underage leagues around Ireland now beginning to adopt Futsal as part of their winter programme, Robinho had some words of encouragement for those who have taken to the “beautiful game” of futsal. Read on…Derek: Tell me about how you developed your football skills as a child…did Futsal have a big influence on the development of your football skills as a player?Robinho: A lot. I started playing Futsal when I was four years old and most of the moves I use on the pitch come from playing Futsal. Playing Futsal as a young child really helps to develop ball skills.Derek: Do you think the skills learned in Futsal are easily transferred to the outdoor 11 a side game?Robinho: It depends on what age you transfer to outdoor football. In my case, I think it worked out very well. When you are a child, it’s easy to learn and develop skills through Futsal. I found I could transfer my Futsal skills to the outdoor pitch very easily because I played Futsal until thirteen or fourteen years of age before I began playing outdoor football. Derek: Do you think that Futsal can be a help to children in Ireland who are trying to learn the skills of football? How important is it do you think that children begin with Futsal?Robinho: I have no doubt it will help. In Brazil it works very well because Futsal is well established and everybody plays it from a young age. I hope that Futsal can develop well in Ireland because no doubt it will be a great help to children here in the development of their ball skills and quick thinking.Derek: Looking forward to the 2010 World Cup, which team will be the greatest threat to Brazil winning the World Cup?Robinho: It’s difficult to say who’ll win the World Cup because anything can happen in this tournament and football is an unpredictable sport. No doubt, that Argentina and Germany will at least get to the quarter finals. And of course, teams like France and Brazil are usually favourites and are always capable of getting to the final.Derek: Would advice would you give to young Irish children who have ambitions to be a professional football players? Play Futsal?Robinho: Yes of course, play Futsal and dedicate yourselves to the game and some day you may be lucky enough to have a chance to play professionally.Interview by Derek O’NeillTranslation by Marcos Cordeiro
Derek O’Neill and Robinho (Photo courtesy: FAI)

Ontario Futsal West Region Select game

The Men's Select team will play against the U-19 Select team on Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 5:00pm at the North London Optimist Community Centre on Cheapside in London.
For more information call 519-631-5852

18th Ontario Futsal Cup 2008 (AMF)

The Ontario Futsal Cup 2008 is still accepting teams for the Men's, Women's, Boys' and Girls' divisions.
Please register online from
For more information call: 519-631-5852