By Michele Bennett
Rose City Futsal general manager
Rose City Futsal traveled to Orlando, Florida, with two youth boys teams, to compete against teams from over 30 countries in the World Futsal Championships. While both teams did well in regional events, this was a chance for Rose City Futsal and Portland to test their skill against the world’s best.
The boys team born in 2004 and 2005 placed sixth and the boys team born in 2002 and 2003 earned the title World Champions. There were over 45 people representing Rose City Futsal and Portland with their banners, flags, and chants it was the Rose City Futsal army goes to Orlando!
Futsal is a game played indoors where five players per side compete on smaller courts with a smaller goals In 2014, Rose City Futsal brought in Eduardo Araujo as Director of Coaching. Eduardo is heralded as one of the finest Futsal coaches in the country and kids from all over came to Rose City Futsal to experience his unique coaching style. Eduardo has built a coaching staff that includes professional Futsal players and local soccer legends including players from the Portland Timbers.
Rose City Futsal in opened a Futsal facility in Northeast Portland two years ago, where people of all ages can play the game of Futsal. Rose City Futsal has become a hub of happiness for families in the Portland soccer and futsal communities and now they have brought world champions back to the neighborhood, proving that community support combined with effort, energy and enthusiasm can create champions in any arena.