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Friday, December 12, 2014

Futsal Update and NCAA College Cup Final Four

Just a quick note ahead of the weekend's futsal action. There are a number of folks missing this weekend due to various conflicts and therefore if your son or daughter is able to either come early or stick around for a second game they will more than likely be able to play with another group.

Futsal is new to many of the players and it may take many of them of time to the ball, the surface and playing with different players. However, it is a fun and exciting game and the kids should enjoy the change of scenery. Here are two links to some great futsal action that I recommend you share with your player. It might just inspire them that little bit more and also get their creative juices flowing for when they are out there.

Top 10 Goals : 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup
Falcao - The Brazilian Futsal Legend

Also, if you happen to capture any great futsal goals, individual bits of skill or great team play from the your players games please share with your regional director as we would love to pass along to the CASL family.

NCAA D1 Men' College Cup Final Four
The NCAA D1 Final four is being played in Cary this weekend in conjunction with the CASL Boys Showcase. The following games are being played at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

Fri, Dec 12th
5pm           UMBC vs #16 UVA
7:30pm     #11 Providence vs #2 UCLA

Sun, Dec 14th
12pm        NCAA D1 Men's Final

CASL Boys Showcase
This weekend sees the conclusion of the CASL National Soccer Series. The CASL boys showcase is open to U14-U18 teams from around the country and they will all be playing in the greater Raleigh area this weekend in hopes of impressing a college coach or two. If you are interested in taking your son out to the soccer fields this weekend then click HERE for more info.

EPL Action

Sat, Dec 13th
10:00 AM  Chelsea vs. Hull City
                   Leicester City vs. Manchester City
                   Burnley vs. Southampton
                   Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City
                   West Brom vs. Aston Villa
                   Sunderland vs. West Ham
12:30 PM   Arsenal vs. Newcastle
Sun, Dec 14th
7:30 AM    Manchester United vs. Liverpool
11:00 AM  Swansea City vs. Tottenham

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Welcome BACK! CAYA Futsal starts this Saturday, Dec 6th

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break with friends and family, It was great to see the players back at training on Monday.

This Saturday, Dec 6th is the first weekend of futsal games. Please note that we would like for players to wear normal CAYA training attire and indoor shoes/flats. Click HERE to view the schedule and rosters.

Wonder why we are doing futsal with our CAYA players? Click HERE to read a great article on why futsal is great for developing young players and specifically how it compares to indoor soccer in this country.

CAYA 2015 Futsal Rules/Format
  • Games start on the clock at 10 past the hour
  • 20 minute halves with 2 minute halftime 
  • 5v5 (4v4 + goalkeepers)
  • Futsal ball (heavier than regular ball)
  • GK's can use hands inside 3-point arc
  • No punting or throwing by GK's (ball can be distributed by rolling or putting at feet and passing)
  • If GK has ball in hands opposing team must clear the 3-point arc
  • All goal kicks will start from GK's hands (ball can be rolled or placed at GK's feet)
  • All corner kicks are rewarded with a free kick from the half court line
  • No sliding 
  • Kick ins for any ball going over the sideline
  • ALL kick-ins/restarts are Indirect
  • Coaches will call fouls
If your player has a conflict with their futsal game and is unable to make it please let your regional director know so that they can ensure enough players will be in attendance for the game. Please include the name of your player, the futsal team they are on and the time of the game Thanks!

A number of families have mentioned the conflict with futsal and the Play 4Kay 4v4 soccer tournament to be held at WRAL Soccer Center on Saturday, Jan 10th. Click HERE more info. Just to be clear, we would love for as many folks as possible to support and take part in the tournament and all we ask is that you let us know. Unfortunately, with indoor space at a premium during the winter months the futsal dates we have scheduled were not flexible. We hope you understand and feel free to do whichever. Thank you!

EPL Highlights
Lots of soccer action over the past week. Did you miss some of the action then click Premier League Midweek Highlight to enjoy!

Finally, this Sunday, Dec 7th sees the grand finale of the MLS season as LA Galaxy and NE Revolution go head to head for in MLS Cup Final. The game will be played on Sunday, Dec 7th. Kickoff is set for 3pm ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. It will also be Landon Donovan's last ever professional game as he will retire at the end of this season. Can he bow out in style? You certainly wouldn't rule it out with his career.

The CAYA Staff