The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded the City of Long Beach a $61,500 grant to convert two tennis courts into futsal courts at DeForest Park, 6255 De Forest Ave., in north Long Beach. Futsal is a fast-growing, fast-paced variant of soccer.
“The creation of these futsal courts will give the community more opportunities to play this exciting sport,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “The new courts will activate an underused area and bring new patrons to DeForest Park.”
The word “futsal” is derived from Portuguese and is loosely translated as “hall football” or “indoor football.” The sport traces its roots back over 80 years and is growing in popularity worldwide.
“Recreation opportunities are so important to our community as we work to improve the quality of life for our residents,” said 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal. “We welcome this grant and thank the U.S. Soccer Foundation for their support. The new futsal courts will be a nice complement to other upgrades at DeForest Park, such as the Wetlands Restoration Project this summer, among many other park and open space enhancements in the 9th District.”
Futsal can be played on both indoor and outdoor courts instead of a field. It is played on a hard surface, with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique, as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
DeForest Park will continue to feature a basketball court, community center, nature trail, playground, racquetball court, softball field, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, restrooms, youth recreation and adult classes.
Source: City of LB