Former European Soccer Coach Opens A ‘Futsal’ Academy For Moncton Youth

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DIEPPE – Soccer made Geoffroy de Maeyer a healthier teenager and eventually led to a career as a coach and scout for major teams in his native Belgium. Now, he wants to bring organized futsal – a similar sport to soccer that’s played indoors with five people in one team – to Greater Moncton’s youth.

By: Inda Intiar
Twitter: @indaintiar

East Coast Futsal League opened this month with an academy for children. Twenty kids aged 7-to-15 have signed up. At least one female student is already in the roster, though de Maeyer hopes to see more girls in the future.

“Everywhere a kid can show up and be a champion,” he said. “I want to give the opportunity for them to go further than other programs. We can go to Belgium and let them test in big clubs because I know a lot of managers, I know a lot of clubs in first, second, third division and national teams – but that’s later.”

He wants to use his knowledge and network to build a professional environment around the region’s young futsal and soccer players.

“If you have a professional environment, you have more chance to be a professional,” he said.

De Maeyer built his network in international soccer when he coached kids at R.S.C. Anderlecht, Royal Union Saint-Gilloise, AFC Tubize, and scouted for Standard de Liège. Many of the players he coached have become players at top clubs.

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