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Record-Setting Number Of Teams To Play In LI Futsal Season, Registration Deadline Extended To December 8

The Long Island Futsal League (LIFL) kicked off play in December 1996 at the World Gym in East Setauket. It has grown by leaps and bounds since and had partnered with the LIJSL in the LIFL's early days. 

The LIJSL and its parent organization, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), are very pleased to welcome back the LIFL. The LIFL is officially being designated as a recreational club of the LIJSL. Every winter, nearly 200 youth teams-- both boys and girls --play futsal at gymnasiums in central Suffolk County as it’s a great answer to the New York winter when the fields are too frozen to play on.

Started in Uruguay in 1930, futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlike other forms of indoor soccer, the game is played with a smaller, low-bounce ball on a hard court surface without walls or boards. The surface, ball, and rules together favor ball control and passing in small spaces. U.S. Soccer has been utilizing futsal in its Development Academy as futsal is increasingly cited in the discussion about how to improve player development.

The LIFL has certainly helped Long Island soccer players develop to their potential for over two decades. As just one example, Sanada Mujanovic (Bailey) scored seven goals for the Sachem Palominos in a futsal game a generation ago and she was the captain and scorer of the game-winning goal in overtime when Oneonta State won the 2003 NCAA National Championship, the school’s only national title in a team sport. She was inducted into the Oneonta State Athletics Hall of Fame last month.

LIFL President John Branca stated, “We greatly appreciate the opportunity afforded to the Long Island Futsal League by the LIJSL and look forward to a long and productive relationship that will help encourage more players to try the sport of futsal.“

The 2019 LIFL season will actually kick off in 2018 on the weekend of December 29 and 30 and continue until the end of February next year. A record-setting number of teams are slated to play in the 2019 season as well as more venues being added. The registration deadline is now December 8. To register teams, head to http://lifutsal.website.siplay.com. Contact John Branca at 631-790-7481 or lifutsal@gmail.com for more information.

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