Is the Futsal ID Program like the outdoor Academy program?
It is not the same as travel soccer but this is a comparable way to think about the program. Teams are selected based on ability, availability and commitment. The Futsal ID teams train together in preparation for local, regional, national and possibly international futsal competitions.
How are teams/players selected?
Players will undergo a 2-3 day tryout process prior to the start of the season.
Why are Futsal tryouts held during Academy training?
This year we hosted futsal tryouts during Academy sessions to introduce futsal and its benefits to all players and to decrease logistical issues as much as possible for interested participants to be able to attend the tryouts. We encourage all players to play futsal during the winter season regardless of whether they are selected into the ID program. Futsal is an excellent game for helping players become more comfortable under pressure, increase ball skills/control and strengthen players abilities to make quicker decisions. Not to mention, 5v5 IS A LOT OF FUN!
What determines a team’s participation in the State/Regional/National Futsal Championships?
The technical staff will evaluate the player pool of each age group to determine a combination of the team’s availability, skill level and Futsal experience.
How many players will be selected onto each team?
8 - 10 plus the possibility of a Reserve Player.
What does it mean if a player is selected as a “Reserve Player”?
If a player is selected as Reserve Player, he or she will have the opportunity to train with the I.D teams and may have opportunities to compete with the I.D team in competitions if an extra player is needed. Reserve players will need to register separately for the Futsal League.
If selected to the team should my son/daughter expect a certain amount of playing time?
Playing time at the U9-12 level will be managed to give a player at least 50% of playing time in league play over the course of the entire season (not per game). U13-16 will be based off commitment, work ethic, and skill level. In major tournaments, playoffs or finals coaches will coach to win.
When (days and times) and where will my team train?
The specific dates and times of training will be communicated by November 1st after determining number of teams and securing court space. Each team will train at Alexandria Rec Centers and/or private facilities within Alexandria. Last year all teams trained at Browne Academy and District Sports Center.
Can I Volunteer to help manage a team?
YES! Each team is required to have a team manager that will help the head coach with communication, registering for tournaments, handing out jerseys, managing player cards etc.
Why was there a cost increase from last season?
The cost increase supports the use of quality facilities, coachings fees for the league, training and more games.
Can my team participate in more/less than the selected tournaments or leagues?
Yes. Upon approval from the ASA Technical Staff alternative appropriate options may be considered.
What is the difference between Futsal I.D., Futsal League and Futsal Development Program?