Are you ready for some soccer?
If so, the Ravens Futsal Melee V could be just the thing just for you as hundreds of athletes and thousands of fans embark on Boonville for some of the finest indoor soccer on February 24-26.
Boonville Soccer Academy is proud to host the first and only MYSA sanctioned futsal tournament in Missouri.
This tournament will be open to recreation and competitive boys and girls teams U11-U19.
Futsal is the only form of indoor soccer endorsed by FIFA. It earned the status of FIFA’s official form of indoor soccer in the 1980’s as it was recognized as a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. It is a 5 versus 5 small-sided game played on a hard surfaced, basketball sized court with a smaller, heavier low bounce ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries and without walls.
The sport is also a great skill developer as it demands quick reflexes, fast thinking and pin-point passing. The small, heavier futsal ball requires players to hone their ball-striking and ball handling technique. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, Messi, Kaka and Katia grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills.
Jimi Barbarotta, Executive Director for Boonville Soccer Academy, said teams from St. Louis, Kansas City, Illinois, Oklahoma, Jefferson City, Springfield, Sedalia, Columbia, Moberly, Rolla, Sikeston, Willard and Kansas will participate in the three day tournament.
He said approximately 65 teams with over 600 athletes will compete in a total of 11 divisions.
“We will have U11 boys and girls all the way up to U19 boys and girls,” Barbarotta said. “WE are excited to enter our fifth year of our Ravens Futsal Melee Tournament, and humbled that it’s as popular as it is. We started back in 2012 with less than 25 teams, and most of those were our own teams or friends of the club. Now Stacy Wessing, our indefatigable tournament director, will be scheduling and coordinating 65 soccer teams from all over.
“It is gratifying to watch hundreds of kids just having fun playing the game. We are expecting upwards of 2,000 people in Boonville that weekend, with that influx, we expect they will stay in our hotels, visit our restaurants, hit our stores, and just enjoy our town. That piece is priceless as players and families really enjoy our town, and Boonville will reap the benefits of being gracious hosts. We could not have gotten to this point without the Boonville School Districts, YMCA, St. Peter & Paul, the city of Boonville, the Chamber, the Boonville Daily News and countless volunteers our coaches, our families, and the whole town’s support.”
In addition to playing at Boonville High School, Barbarotta said games will also be held at Ss. Peter & Paul, LSE, YMCA, David Barton and Hannah Cole.