DC Hyper Futsal Academy is a youth high level competitive Futsal program located on the DC/ MD region.
DC Hyper Futsal was established as a Nonprofit organization by a few of us who are parents of some of our players. Our players love the sport of soccer, and are so passionate about growth and improvement that we wanted them to have something they could focus on even when the traditional outdoor soccer season for our area ends mainly due to the cold weather.
Our coaching staff is led by Wilson Matos who played futsal his entire life in Brazil and now devotes his spare time to teach talent kids to develop some key futsal movements and skills such as quick reflexes, better idea of space coverage and pin point passes that will also benefit the player’s development outdoors. All our coaches Marcos Chantel, Fabio Vicente and Mauricio Fernandes are all Brazilians retired professional futsal and outdoor players who played in the USA, Europe and Brazil.
We are very grateful for the players we have and the success our teams have achieved in the short time we have existed. Last year we placed 2nd in the USFF Nationals tournament in California, and this year we paced First in the USYF tournament in Richmond. We still have more tournaments ahead, and we will continue to train hard in between to keep the club playing the most competitive tournaments in the US and abroad.
Perhaps the most import aspect of this organization we put together is our methodology and philosophy of comradery, teamwork, and lifelong friendships the children make based on a healthy foundation of support and togetherness.
For a rainy day: A brief history of futsal (FIFA.com) 23 Sep 2004
The first record of an organised five-a-side brand of football dates back to 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The same year the pioneering football nation hosted the first FIFA World Cup™ at its brand-new Estadio Centenario, an Argentine-born coach by the name of Juan Carlos Ceriani, so tired of rain-soaked pitches and cancelled training sessions, brought the game indoors for the first time.
With an eye to making his new indoor game more accessible, but also more organised, he put together a set of rules strikingly similar to those that govern futsal today. The children of Montevideo took to the small-sided game with aplomb, and it was played in YMCA houses throughout the capital. The hybrid version was perfectly suited to either outdoor or indoor venues, as all that was needed was a small, basketball-size court.
While Ceriani was fostering the game Uruguay, a similar small-sided game was being played on the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The game quickly spread throughout South America as ‘futbol sala’ (room football, or indoor football) or ‘futebol de salao’ in Brazil – where the first local leagues sprang up like weeds.
Not surprisingly Brazil took to the hyper-technical, sometimes claustrophobic hybrid of football better than any other. Today many of Brazil’s greats point to a childhood full of futsal as one of the main reasons for their skilful ability. Ronaldinho, Pele, Zico, Socrates, Bebeto, Neymar and countless others all grew up playing futsal, and credit the game freely.
It didn’t take long for the game to spread to every corner of Latin America, and the first international futsal competition kicked off in 1965. And in a bit of a shock it was Paraguay that got off the blocks best, taking home the first South American honours. Brazil won the next six Championships between 1965 and 1979. The yellow-clad pioneers of the five-a-side art then went on to extend their dominance with victories in the 1980 and 1984 Pan American games.
With a lesser number of players, a smaller field and a weighted ball, futsal demanded the emergence of new strategies. Quick feet and a quick mind were imperative, as was the use of the toes and the bottom of the foot.
The International Federation for Futebol de Sala (FIFUSA) was officially founded in Brazil in 1971. And the first Futsal World Championship (though not yet affiliated to FIFA) took place in 1982 in the five-a-side hotbed of Sao Paolo. Continuing their stranglehold on the game, Brazil again took the honours with a team studded with stars from the outdoor game. They then went on to repeat their winning ways in Spain three years later in 1985, before losing their crown in Australia to rivals Paraguay.
FIFA got on board in 1989, bringing the five-a-side game under its auspices and sponsoring the first ‘official’ FIFA Futsal World Championship in 1989 in Holland. With the new official tag, the name of the game officially became ‘futsal.’ Brazil also got themselves back on track and won the title twice on the trot (Holland 1989 and Hong Kong 1992)
In 1996 the Brazilians again took the world title, but four years later in 2000, Spain – Europe’s emerging power – upset the South American apple cart in Guatemala.
Currently on the cusp of challenging Brazil’s long-term supremacy , Spain is not the only European team finding their way in the world of futsal. Russia, England, Italy and Ukraine are all emerging as fine five-a-side purveyors in their own right.
With professional leagues popping up in Brazil, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Iran and Japan, the old assumption that futsal is merely a means of developing creativity and skills to be used in the outdoor game is beginning to fade. The small-sided game is thriving, in its own right, on six continents.
Crucial for development
Futsal’s role in fostering imagination and creativity to be used in the outdoor game is still crucial.
“Players in Brazil are better than Americans in general because they are more technically sound,” current U.S. futsal captain and veteran of Spain 96 Sean Bowers recently told FIFA.com. “We (in the USA) are some of the best athletes in the world, but we really need to get that extra technical edge, and this is where futsal comes in.”
Brazil and Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo pointed directly to futsal after scoring a brilliant, toe-poke goal against Turkey in the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002.
“Nobody expected me to do it,” he admitted. “It’s not easy to shoot the ball with the point of the toe, but it was just instinctive, and I owe it to playing a lot of futsal when I was a boy.”