The Int'l Junior Futsal Association is sanctioned by the North American Futsal Federation and the Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA). The IJFA creates international programs where affiliation is not the main focus, competition is!
We are the first world junior futsal program of its kind, following the International Olympic Code of Conduct and specializing in solid, safe platforms for juniors under the International Counsel for Amateur Sports ICAS.
This international level program is free of charge brought to you by the North American Futsal Federation and the Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA).
We will sanction your international league or countries association no matter how big or small, good governance practices are key to success.
IJFA and its Futsal Associations Specialize in Futsal 365 days a year
The Future of Futsal Has Arrived!
Futsal is Changing did you know?
•The Int'l Junior Futsal Association (IJFA) is recognized by the NAFF, and FIFUSA and as the International Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of Futsal and is totally invested in creating futsal as a lifetime sport.
•IJFA provides full support to assist you in building a solid foundation for your Junior and Youth National Teams.
•IJFA provides full support to assist you in building a solid foundation for your Junior and Youth High Performance teams.
•IJFA governs the International, National, Regional and State leagues tournaments and events.
•IJFA, sets the standards for futsal at all levels to ensure consistent rules, safety, officiating, score-keeping, facilities and coaching through IMPACT.
•IJFA 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.
•IJFA membership includes an insurance protection package.
•Your IJFA membership helps support national programs in all disciplines at all levels in both genders.
•Your IJFA membership helps “grow the game” worldwide fostering a climate of greater understanding & friendship through sport.
IJFA, 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.
IJFA Futsal “Sets” the Standards
IJFA sets the standards for governance and specifies that every region in the country meet specific criteria to remain in good standing within the organization. IJFA meetings - including its Board meetings - are open to the public. IJFA 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
IJFA 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 IJFA juniors has a comprehensive background check performed biennially. IJFA members benefit from having a comprehensive insurance package provided to them as part of their membership benefits through the AAU.
Local, Regional, National and International Events
Players have the opportunity to play in high quality, exciting IJFA sanctioned competitions – that are open only to IJFA members. The FIFUSA IJFA Junior World Cup 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 world host National Championships for collegiate players and adults with age divisions from 35 to 75 and older.
College Scholarships and Olympic Dreams
College scholarships and Olympic dreams begin with IJFA, which predicts will encompass just under 100,000 registered members by 2018, 8,000-plus teams and over 3,300 clubs nationwide. Membership in IJFA provides opportunities for teams from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and American Territories to compete for the title of Junior National Champions.
IJFA 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.
IJFA 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 IJFA 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 IJFA Members
IJFA’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.
IJFA 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 IJFA 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, NAFF-IJFA 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 IJFA junior coaches must complete minimum coaching education requirements through the IJFA 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.
IJFA 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 IJFA have the opportunity to advance their coaching skills through the CAP program with modules taught by highly qualified coaches including members of the NAFF coaching staffs. The annual IJFA 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.
IJFA CAP, Sports Medicine and High 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.
IJFA is serious about your child's safety and the longevity of the IJFA. To ensure that both are kept safe from harm. The IJFA 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 IJFA can be considered active.
A wealth of free grassroots sport development material is available on the NAFF-IJFA 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 IJFA Web site provides the most comprehensive source for information on the sport of futsal.
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Free Webinars for Club Directors, Players, Coaches and Parents
The IJFA 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 IJFA adult and junior players, all FREE to IJFA 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 IJFA National office and Regional Futsal Associations work to authenticate all futsal activities by sharing IJFA branding materials, including scorekeeper table skirts, court numbering banners, approved futsal balls, and much more.
Athlete Safeguards – Concussion Information
IJFA has partnered with the Center for Disease Control and will provide free IJFA 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
IJFA 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 IJFA is working to bring futsal opportunities to thousands of children in the U.S. and worldwide.
With the Promise of Good Sports organization, IJFA 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. IJFA has extensive background materials available to guide parents and players through the sport experience.
We Are the Future
IJFA 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.
IJFA holds regularly scheduled meetings between the National Office staff, leaders to maintain the high level of quality members expect.
So join the IJFA and participate in this sport for a lifetime, at any and all levels. Get in touch with us at ---