Kyle Hickman had heard friends talking about futsal when he was in the sixth grade and decided to give it a shot.
Four years later, the decision paid off.
Hickman, an incoming sophomore at Navarre, is headed to Orlando next week to compete with a U-16 team out of Michigan in the World Futsal Championship tournament at Disney’s ESPN Sports Complex Saturday through Tuesday.
Interestingly enough, it will be the first time Hickman has ever played in a futsal tournament. His dad, Shannon, jokes that you have to “start small.”
“It’s somewhat nerve-wracking,” Hickman said. “I don’t know what the competition is like. But I’m also excited about it.”
Futsal, developed in Brazil more than 80 years ago, is five-on-five soccer that is played on an indoor court, the game much faster than regulation soccer.
The sport has only recently become popular in the United States, and because of the lack of options for playing on a team in this part of the country, Hickman has never been able to play organized Futsal.
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