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Monday, June 30, 2008
The Tennessee Futsal League will be holding a three-day tournament Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 at Allen Arena at Lipscomb University.
Futsal is essentially a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors with five players on each team. It is played on a smaller field roughly the size of a basketball court. It is played with the touchline boundaries with no walls.
Futsal is the only "Official form of Indoor Soccer" as approved by FIFA. It is played in all the continents of the world by more than 100 countries with 12 million players. It is fast paced and exciting, with players moving all the time instead of sitting back and waiting for the ball.
A four-second limit on all restart plays makes Futsal an exciting game since there are free substitutions on the fly (like hockey) to allow for fast play and lots of play time.
The Friendship Cup Tournament at Lipscomb is designed to promote and benefit scholarship funds for local club soccer teams and introduce Futsal to Nashville.
This tournament will offer the opportunity for club teams to contribute to their own scholarship programs while competing against the best teams from Nashville. Futsal is a great vehicle to improve technical proficiency on the field and gives players a free-style form of soccer to enjoy.
For every team that is entered Tennessee Futsal League will be donating 10 percent of the registration fee towards the club team’s scholarship accounts. That translates to $30 per team entered. There is no restriction to club team participation. Once registration is full, clubs will be notified.
Kevin Burk is the tournament director. Burk is a former professional player and an assistant coach for the men's NCAA Division I program at Lipscomb University.
He holds a USSF National "A" License, NSCAA Regional GK Diploma and is a US Club Soccer ID2 Scout. Burk has played professionally five years in both indoor and outdoor leagues in the Division I USL and MISL.
The age categories are: U8 Co-ed, U10, U12, U14, U16 boys and girls. There will also be an Adult Open Division. The cost per team is $300 with a 10 player roster limit. Further information about Futsal can be found at www.tennesseefutsalleague.com
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