Updated Nov 15th, 2010
Now that most futsal leagues have kicked off across the country a lot of people have emailed us to inquire about tournaments. Which ones are legit? What kind of competition is there? What rules do they use? So we decided to compile a list of tournaments that Canadian teams could enter throughout the 2009/10 season.
It's important to note that the majority of Canada still do not have futsal leagues operating and thus teams that are dying to play the sport are resigned to join other indoor leagues that are played on turf, with various types of rules. However, it doesn't mean that these clubs/teams cannot enter a futsal tournamen. In fact, many of the teams that enter futsal tournaments are actually registered in indoor leagues as it is their only way of getting the 5v5 action they desire.
So whether you are from a team that has never played a futsal game before or belong to a squad that considers themselves seasoned futsallers, here is the list of tournaments that you should take a look at entering this season.
Bob Rathwell Memorial Futsal Tournament
Toronto Invitational Futsal Tournament
Great Lakes Regional
This American tournament is being held in Cleveland, Ohio over the New Years long weekend (January 2-3). Cleveland is on the south side of Lake Erie and is a 2.5 hour drive from Windsor, and a 4.5 hour ride from London, Kitchener and Toronto respectively, which makes it very accesible for teams in the southern Ontario region. Age groups are a plenty here as divisions from U8-mens/womens open exist. The tournament is a pre-cursor to the huge Super F US National Championships in Kansas City in February (A tournament that the Toronto Cruz Azul mens won last year). The Super F organization is the only US Soccer approved futsal group in the US and have been great partners in helping build the sport in North America. They welcome Canadian teams with open arms as Cleveland Super F owner, and former US National Futsal Player, Otto Orf played professional soccer in Toronto in the 90's and is eager to bridge the two countries together. The cost of entry is $385 US and includes the usual 3 games. The registration deadline is Christmas Eve so consider taking a scenic drive around Lake Erie this January to engage in some friendly cross-border futsal battles with our futsal family down south.
DEFI Futsal Tournament
Ontario Futsal Cup
BC Futsal Cup
Super F Championships