Futsal, an increasingly popular sport, has begun its second season at Fort Riley.
Fort Riley’s first game of the year was played Jan. 9 at Long Fitness Center on Custer Hill.
Futsal is a fast-paced indoor soccer game played on a regular-sized basketball court with a smaller, but slightly heavier and softer soccer ball, according to the Little Apple Soccer website.
“Last year, a few Soldiers came to me about starting a Futsal league or hosting a tourney,” said Renee Satterlee, Intramural Sports coordinator, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The Soldiers were playing in a league in Manhattan at the time, she said.
“I had no idea what Futsal was, (so) I went to Manhattan and watched them play,” Satterlee said. “While watching, I noticed that 60 percent of the players were Soldiers, so here we are.”
According to one Soldier who plays the game, it can be a little tricky.
“It’s not like regular soccer; it’s a little tricky,” said Pfc. Kelvin Aning, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
Aning is a team member for the Spartans.
The first game of the season also was his first attempt at the sport.
“I wish I could have done more, we could have won,” he said.
The score for the team’s first game was 10 to 8, Avengers vs. Spartans.
Each team will play about six to eight games this season, Satterlee said.
There are nine teams this season as well, which are two more than last season, she added.
For the first time playing, the team did well, said 1st Lt. Freddy Mawyin, 101st BSB.
Mawyin is the team captain for the Avengers team.
“Eventually we synchronized, and we did what we needed to do to win the game,” he said. “We’re going to keep practicing and try and get better.”
The game also was Mawyin’s first attempt at playing futsal.
“It’s a lot of cardio,” Mawyin said. “I’m a good runner, but this thing got me winded definitely. I’m having fun. This is good (physical training).”
Satterlee said she thinks the game will continue on post.
“Futsal is very fast paced and fun to watch,” Satterlee said. “I do think this is a program that will be around for a while.”
Although registration for futsal is closed, a new 6V6 Outdoor Soccer League will be starting up soon, Satterlee said, with dates forthcoming.
For more information about futsal or other intramural sports, call 785-239-2813.
By Calun Reece
1st Inf. Div. Post
Spc. Michael Savoy, left, and Pfc. Kelvin Aning, right, both with 101st BSB, compete in a game of futsal Jan. 9 at Long Fitness Center. Futsal is similar to indoor soccer played on a regular size basketball court.
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