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United States Youth Futsal Presents the Largest Youth Futsal Tournament in the World

 

The 2019 United States Youth Futsal National Championship is
comprised of 161 teams from twenty-one states and two Canadian provinces. A
diverse collection of referees, players, and teams makes this the largest
youth futsal tournament in the world.

KANSAS CITY, 2/15/2019 – The 14th United States Youth Futsal National Championship kicks of
today in Kansas City February 15-18, 2019. In its 25th year, the
organization brings together the largest group of youth players to form
this year’s National Championship.  This year’s prestigious event
will be held at 4 top-tier futsal facilities in Overland Park, Kansas and
the surrounding areas with the championship games culminating at the New
Century Fieldhouse in Gardner, Kansas.

The 161 teams qualified through the 10 regional tournaments that
make up the United States Youth Futsal Championship Series:
Great Lakes – 40, Northeast – 9, South Atlantic – 8,
Southeast – 3, Central – 49, Atlantic – 2,
Mid-Atlantic – 8, Northern California – 4, Southwest – 1,
Midwest – 36. The teams represented are a collection of champions,
finalists and a few at-large teams from each of the Regional Tournaments.

“The USYF National Championship will feature some of the best
futsal team in the United States and we look forward to hosting the
largest youth futsal tournament has ever seen in this country.” said USYF
Executive Director, Jon Parry.  “This competition represents the
hard work the USYF membership and their commitment to the growth of futsal
and player development in the United States.”

The 2019 USYF National Championship Committee selected 68
referees from 14 states to participate in this year’s tournament. The
referees were selected based are the performances in the USYF Regional
Tournaments. The tournament relies heavily on the USYF Youth Referee Academy
to develop quality referees for the future of the game.  The
Youth Referee Academy was implemented three years ago at the 2016 USYF
National Championships by FIFA Futsal Referee Instructor, Ed Marco. FIFA
Referees, Sergio Cabrera (Cuba) and Chris Grabas (Canada) will mentor the
21 referees selected for the Youth Referee Academy throughout the
tournament.

Ed Marco observed the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup and was
a 2016 Assessor in charge of the venue in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
Sergio Cabrera worked the 2012 and 2016 FIFA Futsal World
Cup in Thailand and Colombia.  He was a referee for the
final Futsal World Cup Match: 3 Brazil vs. 2 Spain.

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