Courtesy of Channel 8 News
January 25th, 2016
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Futsal: the only indoor version of soccer approved by FIFA, it’s a fast-paced game played on a basketball court or sport court involving the technical skills of soccer, the speed of hockey and many of the tactics of basketball.
The ABK Futsal Academy of Grand Rapids welcomed FC Toronto to town on Sunday. The action included the first women’s professional futsal exhibition in Michigan and the first international professional futsal match played in Michigan.
“The magnitude of what we’ve done as ABK Futsal in general is fantastic. Being able to organize the first international games in the state’s history, and probably one of the first women games in the country has been an astounding experience for both clubs, FC Toronto included. To be able to bring something like this to Grand Rapids to show the world what our sport really is,” said Joe Brefczynski, ABK’s general manager.
In the women’s matchup, Toronto topped Grand Rapids 2-0. In the men’s game, Toronto won 7-3.
Watch highlights from both games above.