Futsal fun for all: 42 teams from around the world kick off Pacific Rim Cup

Around 800 people are expected to attend.

Futsal fun for all: 42 teams from around the world kick off Pacific Rim Cup
Futsal players practiced Thursday for the tournament. (Image: Keith Uehara)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Futsal teams from around the world descended upon the Hawaii Convention Center Friday to compete in the 2018 Pacific Rim Futsal Cup.

There are a total of 42 teams competing including players from each of the major Hawaiian Islands along with teams from the continental U.S., Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and more.

U.S. Futsal signed a four-year agreement to hold the tournament on the center’s new indoor athletic courts.

Five courts were assembled in the center’s 89,000 square-foot exhibition hall for the soccer-like sport, which is enjoyed by more than 12 million athletes worldwide.

Futsal features 10-12 players on each team who play with a low-bounce ball on indoor basketball-size courts.

“Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico and Socrates credit futsal with developing their skills, and we are excited to welcome both new and experienced players to this dynamic and fast-paced tournament," said Alexander Para, president and CEO of U.S. Futsal.

The tournament will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 and is expected to draw around 800 people.

To learn more about the tournament, click here.

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