---- — FutsalNH’s U11 Girls Elite Team, also known as Chaos, recently won the U.S. Futsal Regional Championship.
FutsalNH, an affiliate of U.S. Youth Futsal, is the only U.S. Soccer sanctioned futsal league in the state. Founded in 2010, the organization’s mission is to provide New Hampshire players of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to learn and play futsal.
The Northeast Regional Tournament was held at MGA Sports in Norwood, Mass. It drew teams 115 teams from five states to compete in boys and girls U8 to U18 divisions.
FutsalNH’s Chaos opened the tournament with an 8-5 win over well-known GPS Elite and continued with a 10-2 victory over the Jamaica Plain All Stars.
In semifinal play, Chaos faced off against fellow New Hampshire competitor Samba Black and won, 12-4. Their 3-0 record earned them the opportunity to compete for the title.
They took on the Newton Flames for the championship, jumped out to an early lead and ultimately clinched the title with a 9-2 win.
“The girls have diligently trained all winter,” coach Dave Saxe said. “Their poise on the court was undeniable. Each player contributed to earning this title. The entire organization is very proud of their success.”
The U.S. Futsal National Tournament, the country’s largest sanctioned futsal tournament, will be held Feb. 15-18 in Kansas. Team Chaos will be attending.
Futsal is the only form of indoor soccer endorsed by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).
It is a 5-on-5 game played on a hard surfaced, basketball size court with a smaller, heavier, low bounce ball and focuses on developing ball striking and handling technique.
To learn more about futsal, visit US Youth Futsal. To learn more about the local league, visit Futsal NH.