The first Annual Arnold Futsal Classic presented by Columbus Futsal debuted at the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival.
Futsal, a relatively new sport in North America, has its roots in South America where it is very popular. Futsal is similar to soccer, played five on five on a smaller, typically indoor, court with a low bounce ball. The smaller dimensions of the field require the athletes to have even better footwork and ball skills than their soccer counterparts.
The event featured more than 150 teams from across the United States competing in six divisions, including three youth divisions (Grassroots, Gold and Silver); Collegiate, Men's Open and Women's Open. All are sanctioned by United State Youth Futsal.
The event also featured USYF Development Academy League Showcase featuring the sport's most elite players and teams.
A professional National Futsal Premier League match between Columbus Futsal Club and Lansing City Futsal will be held at 7 p.m. on March 2 at the Taft Coliseum.
Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO
Try Futsul all weekend long at the Arnold SportsWorld for Kids & Teens EXPO March 2-3 in the Bricker Building. While you are there check out the futsal freestyle juggling demonstration on the stage Saturday, March 2 at 4:25 p.m.