ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FUTSAL?
While promoting soccer across the country, the U.S. Soccer Foundation nurtures youth development by building sports courts in underserved communities. The Foundation chose Competition Athletic Surfaces to install futsal courts in the Southeast.
"The Foundation believes every child should have a safe place to play soccer in their neighborhood," says CAS founder and owner Lee Murray. "But many kids, especially in low-income communities, don't have easy access to soccer fields.
"In response, the Foundation is turning vacant lots and empty school yards into state-of-the-art pitches. These small, customized surfaces are perfect for organized soccer programs or pick-up games."
Futsal, or mini-soccer, is played on a hard court by two competing teams of five players each. The fast-paced, low-injury sport -- that originated in South America -- is gaining popularity in the U.S. as an alternative to football.
CAS has completed 12 futsal court surface installations in Atlanta, including one at Usher Collier Elementary School, where CAS transformed two dilapidated tennis courts into brand new futsal pitches.
CAS has also installed futsal courts in Nashville, Cincinnati and Durham and is under contract to build five more in Memphis.
"The Soccer Foundation's goal is to build 1,000 futsal courts in the U.S. by 2026," Murray says. "They're using 12 or so contractors for this transformative project. We are fortunate to be their preferred contractor in the Southeast."
Atlanta Public Schools
Futsal is a fast growing sport and older unplayable for tennis courts can be perfectly suited to converting to a futsal court without costly reconstruction. Working with the US Soccer Foundation we have put dozens of unused courts across the Southeast back into safe places to play.