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Jun, 2019



Academia Central de Futsal Set To Bring Brazilian Futsal To Columbus

Academia has completed a horizontal merger with Samba Sala to bring in experienced directors and coaches

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 17, 2019 - We are excited to announce the formation of Academia Central de Futsal, a new futsal club for interested players in central Ohio! Beginning in July, Academia Central de Futsal will focus on the specific concepts and methodologies of the 5v5 hard court soccer game that is legendary in Brazilian soccer culture!

Executive Director John Lawrence and Director of Coaching Lucas Marques will lead Academia Central de Futsal. Lawrence and Marques are no strangers to futsal in central Ohio as they coached at and operated Samba Sala Futsal Factory. Seeing an opportunity to improve futsal in central Ohio, Samba Sala Futsal Factory decided to merge into Academia Central de Futsal to maximize the quality of programming for interested players.

Lawrence has been working in Futsal for the past 14 years in Ohio and Western New York. In addition to developing players for local and regional competition, several of his players have been selected for USYF National teams. “It’s definitely an exciting time,” commented Executive Director John Lawrence. “Futsal is a great sport and a development opportunity for youth soccer players. I am looking forward to continuing the work we began at Samba Sala with the coaching and administrative staff at Academia Central de Futsal.”

Marques, a Brazilian native, has been playing futsal since he was a child in Brazil. “I am honored and thrilled to begin working as Director of Coaching,” said Marques. “I have been playing futsal my entire life and being able to grow the love of the sport with youth players is extremely exciting and something I am very passionate about.” While representing his city, Marques progressed through the All-Star stages at the regional, state, and national level. At the age of fifteen, Marques took a break from futsal to begin a professional soccer career. In between coaching youth soccer and futsal, Marques plays pro futsal.

Tryouts for Academia Central de Futsal will be held on July 20th and July 21st. Specific details for age groups and locations will be determined and posted on Facebook!

John Lawrence, Executive Director [email protected]

Lucas Marques, Director of Coaching [email protected]

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