Where’s the Best City in the U.S. to Play Soccer?
Indianapolis, Indiana (of all places) just became the best city in the country to play youth soccer, and is leading the charge to bring soccer to the kids who can most likely win us a World Cup.
Futsal is the game of the masses in the most competitive soccer nations. It’s played by everyone, including those who have very little, so they spend their days on the futsal courts, emulating their heroes and learning some CRAZY skills.
The NASL’s Indy Eleven is recreating that scene RIGHT NOW, meaning that your child has a better chance of “making it” in Indiana than any other state in the country.
It’s long been know that soccer in America is the sport of the middle class and upper-middle class. That means that our soccer athletes aren’t the best – they’re the best of those who can afford the fees.
Our current system of youth soccer development discriminates against kids who have more to gain from playing soccer professionally.[su_box title=”Consider this…” style=”soft” radius=”0″]If you give a child every opportunity to succeed – plenty of food, great healthcare, good housing, and a loving, nurturing environment – is he going to want to run his ass off every day knocking heads with a bunch of other softies “for a better life“?
He’s already got a great life! Soccer is only there to keep him from getting too FAT.[/su_box]
Every player who plays and every coach who coaches in the American youth soccer system is playing and coaching for Team USA. We’re collectively working toward one, single goal: Winning the World Cup. The problem with youth soccer development in the U.S. though, is that we’re developing the WRONG KIDS.[su_quote cite=”Medium.com | Tom Dunmore” url=”https://medium.com/@tomdunmore/futsal-for-indiana-ad7d12d34aa1#.6rzqyamv7″]”This summer, Indiana Soccer hired a full-time Director of Futsal (affiliating to U.S. Futsal in the process), former Indy Eleven intern Justin Becht, to spearhead the growth of places to play, coaching education, leagues and pickup play. Futsal is already becoming part of the programming of Indianapolis YMCAs (echoing the sport’s origin in Uruguayan YMCA halls), Boys & Girls Clubs and at local schools. The Mayor of Indianapolis himself has embraced the game.”[/su_quote]
Indiana is bringing soccer (in the form of futsal) to the URBAN AREAS, where soccer fields don’t exist too often, and where kids can easily access them. This means that the kids who most need an outlet for their frustrations and dreams, can have one.[su_quote cite=”Medium.com | Tom Dunmore” url=”https://medium.com/@tomdunmore/futsal-for-indiana-ad7d12d34aa1#.6rzqyamv7″]”Indiana’s futsal initiative isn’t about developing the next Messi (though that would be nice!): it’s about bringing places to play to neighborhoods that don’t have FieldTurf soccer fields (which is most of urban America). The goal of the #FutsalForIndiana program is to build at least 11 futsal courts in locations that need places to play, and from there, help the game mushroom as Parks and School Districts realize it is an affordable way to implement a sport that is tremendous for fitness and fun. Since Rhodius Park opened, we have already heard from a wide range of individuals and groups across Indiana who want to partner and bring futsal to their communities.”[/su_quote]
Now, hopefully the soccer clubs can curb their money grab and not try to figure out a way to hijack the courts, and continue their oppression of those with the greatest athletic potential.
So who’s #2 on our list? Kansas City. Here’s why: mini-pitches.[su_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgF_Rst1FpA” width=”800″ height=”440″ rel=”no” modestbranding=”yes”]