We are thrilled to bring you a monumental update from our club's journey toward excellence in player development. In a groundbreaking move, our Club Director, Coach Thiago, recently ventured to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to partake in the inaugural Futsal coaching license program conducted by the Brazilian Futsal Federation, CBFS.
A Rare Credential in Futsal Coaching
Thiago's participation in this coaching license, tailored for youngsters under 13, adds a significant accolade to our club's legacy. The immersive week in Brazil provided Thiago with invaluable experiences, including in-person classes and unprecedented access to four major professional clubs: Flamengo, Fluminense, Vasco, and Botafogo.
Brazil's Unmatched Influence in Futsal
To comprehend the magnitude of this achievement, it's crucial to acknowledge Brazil's unparalleled influence on global soccer and Futsal. Brazil's five-time Men's World Cup Soccer titles and dominance in Professional Futsal, also five-time World Cup Futsal Champions, reflect its prowess in developing exceptionally creative players through Futsal. The Women's National Futsal Team, with six Women's World Championship titles, has never lost an official Futsal match since its debut in 2001.
Thiago's Insights: Futsal's Vital Role in Youth Development
Thiago, deeply immersed in the heart of Brazilian Futsal, shared his insights, stating, "This visit proved how vital Futsal is in the development of children aged 13 and under. All four major clubs in Rio incorporate Futsal into their academy players' development pathway to the professional squad." Thiago emphasized the alignment of methodologies with our current FTA training philosophy, focusing on technical skill development through situational exercises that mirror real-game scenarios.
Building Bridges: Strengthening Ties with Rio's Futsal Elite
During his time in Rio, Thiago forged strong relationships with all four clubs and their Futsal staff. This development is poised to provide various opportunities for FTA
members, opening doors to unique experiences and potential collaborations.
The First American-Based Coach to Hold Brazilian Futsal Coaching License
Thiago is set to make history as the first American-based coach to secure an official Futsal coaching license from the Brazilian Federation. This accomplishment reinforces our commitment to providing top-notch training environments for our young athletes.
Interview with Adílio, former Flamengo and Brazilian National team legend
Adílio, a legendary figure in Brazilian soccer, left an indelible mark on the sport during his illustrious career. A former professional from Flamengo and a distinguished member of the Brazilian National Team, Adílio achieved unparalleled success. His crowning glory came in the form of winning the Club World Cup with Flamengo, a feat that solidified his status as one of the greats in the history of the club. Additionally, Adílio showcased his prowess on the international stage by contributing significantly to the Brazilian National Team's triumph in the Futsal World Cup in 1989. His remarkable skill, dedication, and pivotal role in securing these prestigious titles have forever etched Adílio's name in the annals of Brazilian soccer history.
Interview with Isadora Freitas, professional SOCCER player from Brazilian side, Flamengo
Isadora Damasceno Freitas, commonly known as Isa, is a Brazilian soccer player hailing from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Born on October 21, 1990, Isadora began her career in futsal before making a mark internationally. With brief stints at Audax-SP, América-MG, and Vitória de Santo Antão-PE, she gained recognition in the United States' collegiate soccer scene. In 2018, she played for Gintra Universitetas in Lithuania before moving to Spain in 2019 to join Logroño. Over the last two years, she emerged as a prominent figure in the Spanish National First division while representing Rayo Vallecano. Known for her skills, strength, and speed, Isadora returned to Brazil and chose to play for Flamengo, demonstrating her trust in the club's project. As an accomplished forward, Isadora brings a wealth of international experience.