Forged by Futsal [HAWAII FUTSAL HISTORY + LEAGUES]
WAILUKU, MAUI, HAWAI‘I (Jan. 15, 2019) – The Hawaii Soccer Federation (HSF) was founded in 1975, as the Maui Youth Soccer Organization (MYSO). Thirty-five years later – in 2010 – the organization’s current President and CEO, Vernon Kapuaʻala, renamed MYSO to HSF, with a vision and mission to serve more than just Maui players, but Hawai‘i soccer overall. In 2017, HSF became the legal owner of Hawaii Futsal – which now operates on all three (3) major neighbor islands.
According to Kapua‘ala, “as soon as I learned about futsal, and the ways in which top football countries embrace it, I knew we had to play.” In his inaugural year as HSF’s President, Kapuaʻala sought out U.S. Futsal President and CEO, Alexander Para, who appointed him State Commissioner of the sport in 2010. In 2011, Hawaii Futsal organized its first matches on Maui – with less than 20 youth and adult teams buying in to kick off the league. When asked about its beginnings, Kapua‘ala said, “when we started this journey, facility operators did not want futsal in their gyms. Some said, straight away, ‘futsal is not a sport’. It was the Athletic Directors of Seabury Hall and Baldwin High Schools – Steve Colflesh and Kahai Shishido (respectively; both whom have since retired) – who said, ‘that’s what the gyms are for…to be used by the kids.’” If not for Steve and Kahai, Hawaii Futsal’s first league would not have been established; and the sport would not have grown to where it is now. Once the Peʻa-Ferrari’s [Big Island Futsal] and the Turner’s [Kauai Futsal] came aboard, the level of Hawaiʻi soccer improved overall, just by the neighbor island kids playing futsal.”
At our core, HSF believes in year-round play. Weekly training and competition – with appropriate breaks – provides players, teams, and clubs with the best opportunity for player development and growth. Through Hawaii Futsal, HSF is now able to provide league matches to offset the outdoor game, in a format that is superior in developing skill.
On average, futsal players experience 5.4 times more passes; 2.8 times more shots on goal; and 3.2 times more goals – in comparison to the outdoor game.
Just by playing futsal develops precise ball control and passing; technical skill; quick reflexes; and quick decision making. Because the ball has less bounce, it tends to stay in play longer – as it promotes close ball control in order to minimize stoppage in play. After playing in tight areas and learning to think quickly, players find they can react well under pressure – especially in the full game where there is more time and space. Playing in tight areas also develops creativity. In futsal, players are constantly placed in demanding decision making situations – which makes the game one of the finest teachers of the quick pass and move. In soccer, it is very hard to defend against a team that is adept at this type of play. Reknown athletes such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, Xavi, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and other world class superstars credit futsal in their football development. Playing the beautiful game is developed through futsal.
As of January 12, Maui Futsal, Big Island Futsal, and Kauai Futsal are concurrently in session. Maui Futsal registration for the next (Spring 19) session is now open (9-U to 12-U Divisions). As of 2018, Hawaii Futsal moved its sanctioning from U.S. Futsal to the auspices of US Club Soccer. The transition will be complete by the 2019-2020 soccer year; whereby US Club Soccer passes – typically used only in HSF Premier – may also be used to participate in all of Hawaii Futsal’s affiliate leagues.