By Ivan Spiegelberg


The Parks and Recreation Department of the City of St. Catharines’ is excited at the prospect of having futsal as part of the sports activities included in the 2016 Leisure Guide.


So excited in fact, they put “New Futsal Programs” right on the front cover.

Inside the guide you will find that On Tuesdays and Thursday nights beginning April 12 and 14, youth under 8, under 10 and under 12 can participate in the great game of futsal.


For players that are new to the game, the listing tells the reader that “futsal is the only FIFA sanctioned indoor soccer which is played 5 on 5”.


What the children are signing up for is a recreational house league for players of all abilities. Not without a learning component, emphasis for the program is on basic soccer skills, developing reflexes, coordination, ball control, playmaking awareness, fitness training and physical literacy.


Under the banner of the sanctioned futsal club Futbol Niagara, this program introduces a healthy, competitive environment while striving to encourage learning and fun.


Each player, who will be coached and assigned to a team according to skill level, will play a guaranteed 8 games with 2 optional championship games.


With the registration, players will be given a futsal t-shirt and water bottle to keep. Extra keen players are encouraged to sign up for more than one session so they can play more and against different teams.


You can download the entire Leisure Guide HERE


If you are interested in registering you can do so, online after March 22, 2016 at


Other ways to register include going in person to these “registration centres:

St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre

425 Carlton St.

Telephone: 905-688-5601 ext. 1800


City Hall, Citizens First Counter

50 Church St.

Telephone: 905-688-5600


Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre

240 St. Paul St. West

Telephone: 905-688-5601 ext. 1927



To register by mail or fax, participants may register by faxing to 905-682-1157 or completing the Program Registration Form and mailing to:

Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre

240 St. Paul Street West

St. Catharines, ON L2S 2E7


Payments may be made by either VISA, MasterCard, money order, cheque, debit or cash. Cheques are made payable to the City of St. Catharines.


About Futbol Niagara


Futbol Niagara is a new organization specializing in the sport of 5 on 5 Futsal.


All teams are sanctioned under the banner of the Niagara Soccer Association, a non-profit organization that operates programs for the region’s youth.


Our teams (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 & our Men’s futsal teams) are composed of players from all areas of the Niagara Region. For the 2016 winter season we have planned 3 tournaments that will allow our teams to participate in competitions across Southern Ontario, a showcase tournament in USA, as well as one of the largest tournaments in Canada called Ontario Futsal Cup and The Umbro Futsal Cup in May 2016.


Futbol Niagara Futsal Club offers local businesses and service clubs the opportunity to become associated with the organization by way of sponsorship.

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