This partnership will see both organization supporting and promoting their various elite soccer events.
208 ESC offers elite speed and agility training for a variety of sports, futsal leagues, futsal open play and economical futsal court rental.
Matt Carter, 208 ESC Co-founder, said, “We are really excited to team up with such a great and forward thinking organization like IFF. We plan for this partnership to help carry Idaho’s soccer forward by giving young athletes more opportunities to play and grow as individuals and athletes. Put simply, we have to do our part to help Idaho be known to produce top level talent.”
Since 2008, the Idaho Football Federation has been offering a variety of tournaments, leagues and elite identification camps, all which are open to all players regardless of association affiliation (USYSA, US Club Soccer or others) or club registration. The federation aspires to expose players to not only outdoor soccer but also to other types of soccer (indoor soccer, futsal, beach soccer and street soccer).
“Our alliance with 208 ESC, is fundamental in our aspirations to promote futsal in the Boise area. 208 ESC has a great, well maintained and dedicated futsal facility with a very dynamic set of programming, which also includes top speed and agility development”, said IFF president Juanjo Carmona.
The origin of Futsal (Fútbol Sala) can be traced back to Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930 when professor Juan Carlos Ceriani devised a five-a-side version of soccer utilizing rules from water polo, basketball, handball and soccer.
“Brazil plays almost strictly Futsal and street soccer until the athletes are 12-14 years old, and look at the ball control that they are famous for”, said Carter.
In the futsal game, players enjoy a lot of touches on the ball due in part to the constrains of the limited play space since, futsal is played on a basketball size court and also because of the heavier ball used, which tends to stay in play longer.
“I can’t think of a K-12 school where I grew up or visited around Spain, which does not have a futsal court”, Carmona says.
In the own words of the US Futsal Federation, “Futsal quickly develop skills required for soccer: balance, motor ability, agility and co-ordination, ball mastery, accurate and quick passing and receiving, perception insight and awareness.”
“IFF has a large database of athletes who have participated in our events over the years and we are happy to keep them updated about the futsal opportunities our new partner, 208 ESC, has to offer them. Futsal is a super fun variant of soccer all serious players should include in their training throughout the year”, Carmona concluded.