February 18, Waltham, MA, 2019; The GPS Winter Futsal League concluded this past weekend with 14 champions being crowned.
The Futsal League sees teams play 12 games across 6 weeks, playing two games a day when they meet, which is followed by a seeded four team playoff upon the conclusion of the regular season. Teams are divided into separate squads for the league to ensure that every player is getting the maximum amount of playing time. The brackets for the event, formulated by the GPS staff, group teams together in order provide players with a consistent level of high competition.
The Futsal League, now in its 5th year of operation, has become a mainstay in the developmental process of the U11-U14 groups. The game is fast paced and forces players to not only be quick on the ball but quick with their decision making off of it as well as players often touch the ball 6 times more than they would during an outdoor game.
This constant cycle of passing and moving mixed with the close technical control that is required on the smaller playing field help players to develop skills that can be directly translated to the outdoor game on a larger field.
“Every year the Futsal League keeps getting better and better,” said Premier Director Matt Hardiman. “The internal rivalries it has created between areas have led to a great atmosphere for both coaches and players.”
The Futsal League gives GPS staff the chance to make sure that their teams are staying sharp and focused during the winter offseason, a time where it is easy to slip into a rut.
“By regulating the environment, we make sure our teams have the appropriate environment and competition to stay sharp during the winter time,” said Hardiman.
Please see below full list of winners.
|08 Boys Premiership||GPS MA Metro Boston Elite White|
|07 Boys Premiership||GPS MA Northern MA Elite Red|
|07 Boys Championship||GPS MA Central Elite|
|06 Boys Premiership||GPS MA Metro Boston Elite Red|
|06 Boys Championship||GPS MA South Coast Elite|
|05 Boys Premiership 1||GPS Hammers FC|
|05 Boys Premiership 2||GPS MA Metro Boston Elite Red|
|05 Boys Championship||GPS MA Metro Boston Elite White|
|08/07 Girls Premiership||GPS MA South Shore Elite|
|08/07 Girls Championship||GPS Boston Metro West|
|06 Girls Premiership||GPS MA Elite White|
|06 Girls Championship||GPS MA Metro Bostin Elite White|
|05 Girls Premiership||GPS MA Elite Red|
|05 Girls Championship||GPS MA Metro Boston Elite White|