The Junior Futsal Association programs are under the jurisdiction of the North American Futsal Federation and Major League Futsal USA. All affiliations are welcomed and covered by our national insurance program. The JFA creates national programs where affiliation is not the main focus, competition is!
We are the first Junior Futsal program of its kind, following the Olympic Code of Conduct and specializing in solid, safe platforms for juniors. Becoming an authorized Junior Olympic program is not easy but well worth the effort. As a legitimate Junior Olympic program we have have more to offer than just the domestic field of competition, but the world.
JFA and its State Regional Futsal Associations (RFAs) Specialize in Futsal 365 days a year
The Future of Futsal Has Arrived!
Futsal is Changing did you know?
•The Junior Futsal Association (JFA) is recognized by the NAFF, and MLF as the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of Futsal in the United States and is totally invested in creating futsal as a lifetime sport.
•JFA Names the Jr National Teams.
•JFA, in partnership with the MLF, sets the standards for futsal at all levels to ensure consistent rules, safety, officiating, score-keeping, facilities and coaching through IMPACT.
•JFA works to protect your kids by requiring EVERY adult over the age of 18 working with junior players has a comprehensive background screening performed every two years.
•JFA membership includes an insurance protection package through the AAU.
•Your JFA membership helps support our National, Olympic and Paralympic teams in all disciplines (indoor) at all levels (youth, junior and senior) in both genders.
•Your JFA membership helps “grow the game” worldwide fostering a climate of greater understanding & friendship through sport.
JFA, a non-profit, non-government supported organization, sets the standards at all levels from the National Teams to the youngest and oldest age groups in indoor futsal disciplines for both genders. No other organization is so totally invested in creating futsal as a lifetime sport from top to bottom. JFA launched in 2016 and currently has 12 Regional Futsal Associations (RVAs) and is still growing, supporting its mission, all of whom are eligible to participate in the annual JFA Congress typically held in August.
JFA Futsal “Sets” the Standards
JFA sets the standards for governance and specifies that every region in the country meet specific criteria to remain in good standing within the organization. JFA meetings - including its Board meetings - are open to the public. JFA sets the rules for all indoor futsal competitions contested under its name and recommends standards for use by other youth and adult futsal organizations in the U.S.
Security, Safety and Background Checks
JFA sets standards for facilities and is proactive in teaching safety guidelines to players, coaches, club directors, officials, event organizers and organizations to ensure the safest environment possible. EVERY adult (coach, official, assistant coach, chaperone, etc.) over the age of 18 working with JFA juniors has a comprehensive background check performed biennially. JFA members benefit from having a comprehensive insurance package provided to them as part of their membership benefits through the AAU.
Local, Regional and National Events
Players have the opportunity to play in high quality, exciting JFA sanctioned competitions – that are open only to JFA members. JFA Junior National Championships are hosted annually for boy’s and girl’s teams, in age divisions 12 – 18 years, who become eligible through Six Elite Qualifiers held throughout the U.S. In 2017 the JFA will also host National Championships for collegiate players and adults with age divisions from 35 to 75 and older (JFA Open National Championships and Collegiate Club Championships).
College Scholarships and Olympic Dreams
College scholarships and Olympic dreams begin with JFA, which predicts will encompass just under 100,000 registered members by 2018, 8,000-plus teams and over 3,300 clubs nationwide. Membership in JFA provides opportunities for teams from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and American Territories to compete for the title of Junior National Champions.
JFA members are eligible to try out for and participate on Regional and National High Performance teams, including Team USA squads that compete internationally in zonal and World Championship events.
Grassroots Development and Grants for Diversity, High School, College, State Associations, and AAU.
JFA re-invests in the sport through financial support for under- represented populations including economically- disadvantaged clubs, boys and girls and college men (including grants for NCAA and NAIA institutions that are starting new varsity men’s Futsal teams), military and a wealth of disabled programming.
In 2016 the JFA created a partnership with the AAU who is known worldwide as the leader in amateur sports. This partnership will help guide us through the sports community and give us a real platform to work from, giving us a direct link and crossover product capability to connect to those under-represented groups that need financial and structural support.
Other Benefits for JFA Members
Most members will receive the quarterly, full-color magazine JFA Futsal BIZ. Beginning in 2017 debuting its digital magazine that will supplement the quarterly print edition. The bi-weekly electronic newsletter “FUTSAL BIZ” is part of a wealth of news and information distributed to the public. Individuals can sign up for free email subscriptions on the MLF-JFA website: www.mlfutsal.org
JFA’s High Performance (HP) Departments offer many levels of training camps, clinics, international competition and more, including a special newsletter for those participating in the HP pipeline at every level.
JFA has an extensive recognition program that presents awards in categories for male and female individual athletes, teams, coaches, officials/scorekeepers, junior representatives, sports medicine and leaders of the sport.
Real Membership Discounts
Parents and players can save hundreds of dollars per season by taking advantage of the discount offers provided to JFA member clubs. Visit the web site sections shown below for more information:
Educational Opportunities for the Beginner to the Advanced Coach/Official
As futsal continues to gain popularity, there is a constant need for skilled adults to take on the roles of coaches, referees, and scorekeepers throughout the futsal community. Since 2012, MLF-JFA has been proactively developing a full scale program from youth to pro for all new coaches entering the sport with the core principles to teaching, motor learning, coaching philosophy, risk management, skill and team systems, and annually updating the manual with the newest research in futsal development. All JFA junior coaches must complete minimum coaching education requirements through the JFA Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP).
(I)ncreased (M)astery and (P)rofessional (A)pplication of (C)oaching (T)heory. is an introductory level coaching clinic offered through the State Regions and National office via in-person or webinar modules.
JFA also develops high-quality referees and scorekeepers who must undergo certification and evaluation, creating a pool of regionally and nationally certified court officials, through live, in person training and online education.
Individuals within JFA have the opportunity to advance their coaching skills through the CAP program with modules taught by highly qualified coaches including members of the MLF coaching staffs. The annual JFA Junior High Performance Coaches’ Clinic brings in the top coaches from across the United States and around the globe to expand and improve the coaching curriculum.
JFA CAP, Sports Medicine and Hgh Performance programs have access to cutting-edge teaching methods, information and technology through its relationship with the United States Olympic Committee programs and other national federations.
JFA is serious about your child's safety and the longevity of the JFA. To ensure that both are kept safe from harm. The JFA has adopted the Safe-Sports training for all Administrators, Coaches, Club Directors, Parent Volunteers and anyone directly associated to a junior futsal program that may have access to any youth member. This is an annual certification that must be full-filled in order for any registration into the JFA can be considered active.
A wealth of free grassroots sport development material is available on the MLF-JFA Web Site, including Best Practices, the Grow the Game Together Blog, and “How to” instructions designed for players, club directors, coaches, officials and parents for all levels, quotes, posters, drills and a historical section as well. The JFA Web site provides the most comprehensive source for information on the sport of futsal.
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For behind the scenes access, up-to-date information and frequent coverage of all things futsal, be sure to “LIKE” us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @mlfusa. For direct links to all of JFA’s social media pages visit www.mlfutsal.org and click on the Facebook and Twitter icons! Go JFA!
Free Webinars for Club Directors, Players, Coaches and Parents
The MLF-JFA will begin offering dozens of webinars on skills, club enhancement, motor learning, recruiting, developing futsal, the competitive cauldron, the mental game and much more. In the months leading to the 2017, including skill tips, training and personal futsal stories and doing Q & A with MLF-JFA adult and junior players, all FREE to JFA members.
Free Animated Drills and Topical Coaching Videos
This season will see animated drills of the top games that grassroots and elite programs should be incorporating, and dozens of 5-10-minute-long coaching videos –including those for each skill, game variations and fundamental team systems.
Free Skill Posters
By the end of the 2017 season, over 50 special futsal posters featuring, topics like growing the game, will be posted for free download and printing, to place on school and facility gym walls and help increase practice time and provide athlete role models for players of any age.
National & Regional Branding Support
The JFA National office and Regional Futsal Associations work to authenticate all futsal activities by sharing JFA branding materials, including scorekeeper table skirts, court numbering banners, approved futsal balls, and much more.
Special RVA Custom CDs
Your local state RVA will begin offering in 2017 FREE CDs containing over 100 items, including videos, posters, dozens of articles, animated drills, links and much more for players and coaches of all levels (youth, junior and adult) disabled programs.
Athlete Safeguards – Concussion Information
JFA has partnered with the Center for Disease Control and will provide free JFA branded clipboard stickers for coaches and programs to help keep the key information about concussions right there on the court.
•This course will help you:
•Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury,
•Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond,
•Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and
•Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season.
2017 Leave a Ball Behind Campaign
MLF-JFA are proud to facilitate the 2017 Leave a Ball Behind campaign, helping collegiate, high school, and junior futsal players, teams, and coaches share their love of futsal with children less fortunate. By donating gently used futsal balls signed with messages of encouragement and hope, those who participate in the Leave a Ball Behind campaign are providing children in these deserving sports programs an opportunity to play the game as they may never have had before. Leave a Ball Behind campaign is concentrating its support on the children of the nations of Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan, and other countries in the North American, Central American, and Caribbean.
The JFA is working to bring futsal opportunities to thousands of children in the U.S. and worldwide.
State RVA Parents as Partners Initiative
With the Promise of Good Sports organization, JFA has a custom club and region Parent Training Program available at little to no cost. The Team Enhancement Program has players and parents partnering to enhance team planning followed by players teaching their parents the game. JFA has extensive background materials available to guide parents and players through the sport experience.
We Are the Future
MLF-JFA has a full-time National Office staff, along with dedicated staff and volunteers at all Regions of the U.S. Both national and regional directors deal exclusively with the sport of futsal.
The National Office and Regional Offices are devoted to providing standardized governance and programming to grow the game.
JFA holds regularly scheduled meetings between the National Office staff, Regional Futsal Associations and Commission leaders to maintain the high level of quality members expect.
So join the JFA and participate in this sport for a lifetime, at any and all levels. Get in touch with us at ---