The countdown continues to the International Futsal Alliance (IFA) Women’s Futsal World Cup, with the big kick off less than a week away. It’s time to introduce you to the first nation from outside of Europe in our series of features. We head across the Atlantic, to meet team USA.
Whilst the United States of America may be better known for baseball, basketball, NFL and ice hockey, futsal is no stranger to the country’s sporting landscape. In 2016 the US Futsal Federation celebrated its 35th anniversary, having launched in January of 1981.
To celebrate the milestone the association hosted the 12th annual Pacific Cup Games. This tournament was the second time a USA women’s national futsal team competed on the international stage. The first time was in 2013, in a tournament held in Barrancabermeja, Colombia. However, it was the Pacific Cup which saw the United States come to the fore, seeing off all comers to lift the prestigious trophy.
With two tournaments already under their belt, USA are relishing their trip to Spain. Numerous try-out events, beginning in 2016, culminated in the squad selection this Spring. The side have since then played a set of exhibition matches, including an impressive victory over Infine Sports All Star’s men’s team.
An impressive squad has been assembled by coaching team Roxy Kamal, Jen Short and Gianluca Scotuzzi. They are as follows:
Raylene Larot, Veronica Cashman, Erika Cary, Maricela Padilla, Jillian Jordan, Julie Meurer, Religh Loughman, Katelyn Nebesnick, Alejandra Maldonado, Jessica Sanchez, Jessika Cowart, Ellie Pope, Emily Kuo and Gabriella Batmani.
Keep your eyes on the IFA social media and website, for an introduction to the other Women’s Futsal World Cup participating teams.