Futsal club marks 3 years

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Futsal, a variation of soccer played on an indoor court, has been a club at CG for three years. The club was formed during the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year by then sophomores Lucas Kroll and Chris Santillan-Paiz during PE class.

“I had the idea and right away turned to Lucas. Together, we worked hard to turn the club from an idea into a reality and found a perfect sponsor with Mrs. Gant that helped us out a ton,” senior co-president Santillan-Paiz said.

Since the club’s founding, the number of members has grown from around 10 to almost 30 players.

“I joined the club as a sophomore when it was first created,” senior Will Pack said. “Since then, we have had tremendous amounts of people join each year, which is great because it allows us to meet new people and competition to play against.”

Officially, futsal is a five-a-side sport and is played with a smaller-sized soccer ball. At Futsal Club, the rules have been adapted to fit the club’s style. Each meeting the players split up into three separate teams and then play short six-minute games with the winner staying and playing the other team.

“My favorite part about futsal is being able to come once a week to play soccer with my friends who can advise me on how to improve my soccer skills. The club also helps keep me in shape,” sophomore Jonah Ellinger said.

Futsal may be a recreational club, but many of the meetings turn highly competitive. With the winner-stays rule, many times the games go down to the wire with 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 scores being very frequent.

“Futsal gets pretty competitive, but not in a negative way,” senior Sarah Bettenbrock said. “It’s always craziest when we play with three teams and the winner stays on because everybody wants to get the most playing time possible. In the end, we’re all there to have some fun and be with our friends. It’s just a great atmosphere.”

The club, which meets every Tuesday, is open to new members all year.

Futsal club brings international sport to CG

Matthew Stone | Staff Writer

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Futsal, a fusion of soccer and football, that has sparked interest in many people across the globe has reached Center Grove as a new club sport.

The club, sponsored by Spanish teacher Rebecca Pemberton, has nearly doubled its membership since it was created last year, reflecting the sport’s growing popularity across the world.

Founders Lukas Kroll and Chris Santillan-Paiz founded the club with Pemberton’s help.

“It is a thrill to play and a good environment to learn soccer,” Pemberton said.

People play futsal for a variety of reasons: to try something new, to play soccer without the pressure of the high school team or to exercise. It also is just a good time.

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“My favorite part about futsal is hanging out with friends and having a good time playing indoor soccer,” junior Carter Foreman said.

“I keep going to each club meeting because it is an actual substitute to real soccer and way more fun than outdoor soccer in which you can just hang out with friends and have a good time,” Foreman said.

Futsal club was founded last year, and it continues to grow. From pros to newbies, members say anyone is welcome to join.

Futsal meets every Thursday after school in the upper west gym. It costs a $3 club fee to join.