By Jamie Caulley
For the Hollywood Star News
A little more than a year ago, ten Northeast families came together with the idea of opening a community focused futsal complex. Nine months later, in September 2013, the doors of the old Standard TV and Appliance warehouse re-opened as Rose City Futsal, 5010 N.E. Oregon St.
The ten investors live within three miles of the complex and share a passion for “the heart of the game” — the Rose City Futsal slogan.
“We don’t have championships. We don’t have rewards for the teams that win their leagues. The focus is just to make soccer fun,” explained general manager Eric Dunlap.
Futsal, a variation of soccer, was initially developed in Brazil and Uruguay in the 1930s and 1940s. Recently, it’s gaining popularity in the United States. Futsal is played indoors, but on a smaller court than indoor soccer. It also uses a smaller and heavier ball than indoor or outdoor soccer. Boundary lines force players to use good ball handling and passing skills instead of simply kicking the ball hard, a common strategy in indoor soccer.
“It forces you to play more of a finesse game of soccer,” Dunlap explained.
That is why Dunlap believes futsal is the ideal winter training tool for outdoor soccer. In addition, the smaller field leads to more scoring and constant action.
“You turn the ball on the defense, take three dribbles and you’re shooting a goal. Futsal is like the high-scoring cousin to soccer,” Dunlap said.
Futsal is played with five players per team, four field players and a goalie. Internationally, it is played on hard-court surfaces; however, many Portlanders are used to the turfed surfaces of Portland Futsal, the first futsal complex in Oregon. Therefore, Rose City chose to put in two turfed courts, alongside the more traditional hard-court surface.
While local soccer clubs rent time at Rose City for practice in the afternoons, evenings are time for adult leagues. Interestingly, Rose City’s largest contingent of players are novices — people who either played soccer and retired at some point, or who have never played but are attracted to the less intimidating size of the futsal court and style of play.
All games are videotaped and replayed in the pub upstairs, Clive’s Public House. The pub is named after local soccer legend Clive Charles, who played for the Portland Timbers and coached University of Portland (UP) men’s and women’s soccer. His last season at the UP (2002) ended with a win at the woman’s National Collegiate Athletic Association championship. Charles passed away from cancer in 2003.
The pub offers eight draft beers, local and foreign, as well as Willamette Valley wine, cider and an array of healthy food. While studying your form on screen, you can enjoy a super-grain salad or a burger from Chef Aaron Woo, owner of Northeast Alberta’s Natural Selection and Vita Cafe.
The pub is also an excellent place for parents to grab a bite to eat while watching their kids during the weekend youth programming. The pub deck overlooks all three fields and offers the best seats in the house.
Thorns and Timbers games are shown on the pub’s seven televisions, and Rose City Futsal is planning something special for viewing this summer’s World Cup. The complex is also home to The Far Post Soccer Supply Company’s second location. A “soccer store for soccer people,” Far Post carries all things soccer-related, including apparel and gear.
Rose City Futsal
5010 N.E. Oregon St.
(503) 734-2382, rosecityfutsal.com
Programming: Eight-week sessions for adult league (18 and up); varied evening times.
Youth Programming: Soccer Stars
(2-6 years olds); afternoons and weekends.
Youth Academy: (6-8 year olds);
afternoons and weekends.
Open Play: Noon-2 p.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
Morning Fitness and Open Play:
90-minute sessions; contact Rose City Futsal for details.
Family Open Play: Nights vary;
contact Rose City Futsal for details.
Meetings and special event availability:
Contact Rose City Futsal for details.