U.S. Soccer Foundation Awards City of Long Beach Grant to Build Two Futsal Courts

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The City of Long Beach has been awarded a $61,500 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation to convert two tennis courts to two futsal courts at DeForest Park, 6255 De Forest Ave. Futsal is a fast-growing, fast-paced variant of soccer.

“The creation of these futsal courts will give the community more opportunities to play this exciting sport,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “The new courts will activate an underused area and bring new patrons to DeForest Park.”

The word futsal is derived from Portuguese and is loosely translated as “hall football” or “indoor football.” The sport traces its roots back over 80 years, and is growing in popularity worldwide.

“Recreation opportunities are so important to our community as we work to improve the quality of life for our residents,” said Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal. “We welcome this grant and thank for the U.S. Soccer Foundation for their support. The new futsal courts will be a nice complement to other upgrades at DeForest Park, such as the Wetlands Restoration Project this summer, among many other park and open space enhancements in the Ninth District.”

Futsal can be played on both indoor and outdoor courts instead of a field. It is played on a hard surface, with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique, as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. Skills developed on a futsal court translate very well to a full-size soccer field.

DeForest Park will continue to feature a basketball court, community center, nature trail, playground, racquetball court, softball field, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, restrooms, youth recreation and adult classes.

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced that it has awarded 48 grants totaling more than $2.4 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved areas across 21 states and the District of Columbia. The Foundation strives to assist and grow the sport of soccer and improve the well being of children in under-resourced communities, by awarding grants to support all aspects of the game. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $59 million in funding to create and sustain programs across all states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.

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