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Maddie Brady leads the way as she participates in the winter futsal academy hosted by Marin Futsal on Feb. 4 at Del Mar Middle School. Futsal, a modified version of five-on-five indoor soccer with a smaller, denser ball, has been growing in popularity in Marin and on the Tiburon Peninsula.

Tiburon, Marin kids get a kick out of futsal


Marin Futsal Executive Director Frank Bonardi has been a passionate advocate of the game for nearly four decades; as a board member for U.S. Futsal, he has attended countless soccer conferences to make the case for the sport. Until recently, that work has often meant answering a very basic question: What exactly is futsal?

"People at first thought it was some kind of germ. Like, 'Oh, you have futsal,'" he says. "It was a hard sell. But then the Brazilians started to play, the Spanish, and the U.S. realized if we want to compete with the rest of the world we have to start doing what they're doing. Futsal was a part of that."

Bonardi, who has been the executive director of Marin Futsal for 25 years, says the game has exploded in popularity over the past few years. There are currently 1,000 kids playing in the Marin league, and 200 of those kids live on the Tiburon Peninsula, he says. The league offers both competitive and recreational divisions with teams for boys and girls ages 5 to 18.

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Tryouts for youth competitive club soccer teams set to begin Feb. 25

The Tiburon Peninsula Soccer Club will hold tryouts for its 2018-2019 competitive teams beginning Feb. 25 at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive in Larkspur.

The club will field age-group boys teams ranging from under-8 to under-17, or birth years 2001-2011, and girls teams from U8 to U16, or birth years 2003-2011. Tryout times vary by age group but begin with U15s at 8:30 a.m. and end with U8s at 4 p.m. Tryouts run 90 minutes and will be held again March 4 and 11 at the same location.

Players must wear soccer cleats, shin guards and a white T-shirt and bring a water bottle and a soccer ball. Players must attend at least one tryout to be considered for a team but are encouraged to attend all three.
Tryouts will only be canceled in the event of lightning. Rosters will be posted on the club's website by March 14.

A season schedule has not been finalized but six to eight optional practices will be held this spring ahead of the regular season, which starts Aug. 13 and runs through mid-November to early December depending on the age group. Team camps also begin Aug. 13 and will consist of a week of daily, three-hour training sessions.

Preregistration is required; for more information, visit arkn.ws/tibsoc2018.
For questions email Director of Development Mattias Kodzoman at doc@tiburonsoccer.org. For general inquiries, call 415-789-8458 or visit tiburonsoccer.org.
— Jeff Dempsey

Parents and coaches, submit your sports results online at arkn.ws/reportscore. In 350 words or fewer, focus on all Tiburon Peninsula members of your sporting event, including include first and last names, ages and cities of residence, along with relevant player statistics, opponent names and key dates. Send high-resolution photos to Youth Reporter Jeff Dempsey at jdempsey@thearknewspaper.com.

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