Futsal / 8v8 Academy

AGES > Girls 12-17
DATES > July 7 – 10
COST > $615 per camper
TRAINING > Designed for the highly motivated and determined young soccer player.
EXPERIENCE > Beginner to Advanced

2020 > Futsal / 8v8 Academy  >  July 7 – 10

“We have to explore new ideas on what can drive us to even higher levels, as the world invests more and more in elite women’s player development.
Here is what I would like to suggest: FUTSAL. Our nation is built for FUTSAL. We have more elementary school, middle school, high school and college gyms than any nation on the face of the earth. Let’s get our kids in there. So much of what we are doing in soccer these days is driving our kids away from the game and we need ideas on how to stop this. If you have four free days this summer come to our FUTSAL/8v8 Camp as a player. YOU WILL LOVE THE EXPERIENCE. At UNC we have been doing this FOREVER: just ask Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Tobin Heath or Crystal Dunn.”
I have a wonderful sense of pride seeing the new US Women’s National Team jersey with its fourth World Championship star. But like all of us critically committed to our continued evolution as a soccer playing nation, I don’t want us to lose our place. I genuinely think what continues to separate us on the women’s side is our vibrant collegiate soccer. The numbers of elite players this produces year in year out puts us in a league of our own compared with every other women’s soccer playing nation in the world. All the other elite women’s soccer nations have professional leagues and although I still think the US League, top to bottom, is the world’s best, I don’t think anyone will proclaim that there are US Pro Teams consistently better than Lyon, and with the crowds our European rivals are now attracting, our “top to bottom” advantage is probably short lived.
So, if you are a coach bring 8 to 10 of your kids with you and we will teach you with FUTSAL experts, how to have this wonderful game become a part of your player development platform. I genuinely believe the fusion of FUTSAL and outdoor 11v11 games is where our future player development advantage lies. Some of the top players that have committed to us at the University of North Carolina have FUTSAL as a very serious part of their evolution. I can see it when they play and they tell me about it when I ask them “how did you learn to do that?”
Come join us! We will share with you how this game changer can be a part of your growth and equally importantly how much fun you can have while you are getting better and better.”

A unique blend of the indoor and outdoor game. Teams of 8 will compete in futsal and outdoor small sided matches to take players to the next level. Individuals will be placed on teams or you may come as a team!

In association with Barefoot Soccer, this NEW camp focuses on the needs both technically and tactically of the highest level field players and goalkeepers, alike. It utilizes the unique needs of futsal which include foot skills, speed, movement, scoring, and transition.

LOCATION – UNC/Chapel Hill, NC – MAP

A variety of fields are utilized for the weeks of camp in Chapel Hill. The main site is Finley Fields located by the University’s golf course. Only minutes from the dorms, this complex has two Bermuda fields and two turf fields where a majority of the camp will train. There are also several smaller complexes that can also be used. Two sport turf fields and an astroturf field will be used. Both are located right on campus and are convenient and well maintained. Also utilized will be many of the University’s 15 basketball courts in Fetzer and Woolen Gym for the Futsal portion of the camp.

All dormitories are located on the UNC campus and a reasonable distance from the main street of downtown Chapel Hill.

Full Service Cafeterias. The Cafeterias Offers A Large Selection Of Foods Such As:

  • cereals
  • bagels
  • pastas
  • salad bar
  • sandwiches
  • meat and vegetable entrees
  • desserts
  • ice cream
  • fresh fruits
  • soups

Futsal podcast with Keith Tozer and Anson – https://www.soccertoday.com/keith-tozers-world-of-futsal-with-anson-dorrance/

Futsal article of Tozer and Dorrance by Scavuzzo – https://www.soccertoday.com/anson-dorrance-and-keith-tozer-on-why-soccer-players-need-futsal/

Barefoot Futbol Club Coaches who will be working the Futsal camp


Coach G is committed to making Futsal an essential component of advanced youth development in the region, and Our goal is to build Barefoot FC into a brand & resource that raises the bar in a innovative way, while celebrating the undeniable merits of Futsal.

For over 20 years (in Charlotte) Coach “G”‘ has been recognized as one of the best technical trainers, and developmental program designers in the area.

He was founding director of Charlotte’s first state of the art Indoor/Outdoor soccer facility. For ten years, he designed & implemented many successful programs there, that are still running today.

Coach “G” has coached club teams to NCYSA State Cups and has trained over 40 club teams during his coaching career at the club level.  He also has extensive experience as a high school technical trainer (12yrs) , and has also served as a varsity head coach in 2007 and 2008.

As a youth, Coach “G” spent all of his vacation time with his father & family in Colombia, South America, playing a lot of Futsal. “For as far back as I can remember, I always had a Futsal ball in the house, growing up”. “In Colombia, small sided play, whether it was pick up play, or academy, it was almost always with a Futsal ball”. In High school, Coach G was a four-year All-Conference player at Heritage Academy (SC),  and attended Covenant College (TN), on scholarship.

Coach G holds the USSA National Youth License and a US Youth Futsal Level 3 Futsal Coaching Certificate.


Coach Mary started training with Coach G when she was a young girl in 1994. She has been training or working with him ever since.

Mary played DI Soccer at Wofford College where she was a 4-year starter, captain her senior year, and was voted team MVP in 3 of the years.  She graduated magna cum laude with degrees in business and philosophy at 20 years old.  She was Phi Beta Kappa and also received the department award in philosophy.  Her hard work on and off the field earned her the SOCON Academic All Conference Team for 3 out of her 4 years at Wofford.

After college, Mary coached club and college soccer in Spartanburg for 2 years before leaving to work on her masters in educational research at UVA.   When she returned to Charlotte in 2012, Coach G had established Barefoot.  By that time, Mary had earned her NSCAA national and advanced national coaching licenses and had already been coaching soccer at various levels for about 6 years.  She started coaching with Barefoot in 2012 and since then she has earned her coaching license with US Youth Futsal and has become a regional, national, and international staff member.  A highlight of her career was coaching the U15 USYF girls team in Lisbon in 2018 to a victory over Benfica’s U17 Portuguese National Champion futsal team.

Coach Mary states, “Training with Coach G was always about building a relationship with the ball.  As a player, that is what I craved and Coach G played a role in helping me develop a deep love for the sport that lasted my whole career.  Helping to instill this love for the ball and for the game in young players is very important to me as a coach.  Being at Barefoot allows me to do this more effectively than any program I have been a part of in the past.  It has been amazing to see kids who I started working with when they were 5 or 6 years old grow into fabulous players who have a style all their own and a deep love for the game and for the ball.”