As many of you heard during our last Town Hall, United States Youth Futsal (USYF) announced the first-ever national futsal academy program. FutsalRVA was not only chosen as one of the nation’s 16 USYF Academy clubs, but our year-round model was actually the basis for this nationwide program.
This is truly a pioneering time for futsal in this country. We’re honored to have our program and our talented players helping to set the standard for elite futsal training and competition in this US.
Please review the Q & A below. We hope this information will be helpful as we transition FutsalRVA to FutsalRVA Academy!
Q. How will the Academy program be different from FutsalRVA?
A. In addition to the development-focused training and high-quality competition FutsalRVA has always provided, Academy teams will now have the opportunity to compete in meaningful games against the best in their regions in USYF Leagues, Showcases & the Championship Series. Academy players will also benefit from training curriculum, recruitment resources, and advanced coaching education developed from a national perspective, in direct connection with the U.S. Youth Futsal National staff.
Q. Are all FutsalRVA players automatically in the FutsalRVA Academy program?
A. All current U10 – U18 players are automatically part of the Academy! The USYF Academy program begins at U10, but our youngest players will of course benefit from the performance and training model.
Q. Will there be try-outs for the Academy program? How will the players be evaluated?
A. Yes, try-outs, also known as the FutsalRVA yearly ID, occur annually each spring. All players are required to participate in this ID event each year.
Q. What does practice involve? Will there be more practices at a higher level?
A. The Academy structure is based on the FutsalRVA model so training will remain similar, but there will be additional or extended sessions before showcases or tournaments.
Q. Do Academy teams play in different tournaments?
A. The USYF Academy will have 5 Regions across the US in its inaugural year. FutsalRVA will be in Region 1. The regional league will be played in a tournament-based format to provide top level academies a high-quality league in either self-scheduled events or a showcase format with significant games, quality opposition and limited expenses. Please CLICK HERE for Regional Framework breakdown.
Q. Will there be more traveling and travel expenses involved?
A. The regional framework is designed to minimize travel, but there will be a trip or two necessary to compete at regional games. Any plans for travel will be clearly communicated ahead of time. Our region (Region 1) has six academies that are within driving distance, therefore; travel expenses will be limited. REGION 1 Academies include the following:
- Charlotte Futsal Development Academy, North Carolina
- FutsalRVA, Virginia
- Elite Futsal Charleston, South Carolina
- ATL Futsal, Georgia
- Barefoot – ISL Futsala, North Carolina
- FutsalETA, Virginia
Q. Will there be any additional cost associated with this Academy program? What is the actual overall cost of what I'm signing up for?
A. There is a USYF Annual membership fee of $100 per year. The fee includes academy membership for one year (August 1 – July 31), member insurance for one year, and an USYF official hoodie. This fee must be paid directly to USYF by August 31, 2018 by CLICKING HERE. Please note that FutsalRVA fees will not increase! All Academy players will benefit from the additional academy resources with no additional cost to FutsalRVA program fees.
Q. Can a player be allowed to miss practice due to homework, school functions, family outings, or priorities in other sports?
A. We do understand that there may be some absences due to school and family obligations. We just ask for advanced communication so coaches and managers can plan accordingly and adjust schedules if necessary. Unfortunately, consistent absences will hinder a player’s development, as well as the team’s ability to adequately prepare for competition.
Q. Who do I contact if my questions are not answered?
A. Please contact Joe Farrell at Jfarrell@futsalrva.com. If it is a question for the USYF Academy directly, you can contact Soorena Farboodmanesh at firstname.lastname@example.org.