5th Annual Beantown Cup will take place January 5 and 6, 2019

BOSTON, Massachusetts — The 5th Annual Beantown Cup is expected to feature more than 100 teams, making it the largest and most competitive field to date.

What began as a local tournament with only a dozen teams in 2013 has transformed into one of North America's largest futsal tournaments; one which will again attract international competition from Canada for the second time in three years.

"It truly is amazing to see the tournament evolve in such a rapid way," said Zach Rocha, president of Northeast Futsal Association and the tournament's director.

The Beantown Cup has its own stand-alone website for the first time; beantownfutsal.com

There, users will be able to watch highlights from last year's tournament which transformed the event into a three-facility extravaganza. The 5th Annual Beantown Cup will again feature some of the Northeast's top athletic facilities. The Shady Hill School in Cambridge is home to two full-size courts, the Cambridge School of Weston is home to two full-size courts with stadium seating, and the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Waltham is home to four full-size courts. 

All teams who enter are guaranteed three 44-minute matches in one day; with the girls playing on Saturday and the boys playing on Sunday. The tournament is broken down by divisions at the U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 levels and will be further separated by individual ages or skill level once registration is completed.

The tournament entry fee is $325 per team (or $300 for current Northeast Futsal Association league member clubs).

The tournament's referee staff is led by Will Chan, who assigned the World Futsal Championships in 2017 and led a group of five Northeast Futsal Association referees at the World Futsal Championships in 2018. These were the only North American referees at the event (Australia and Brazil were the other countries).

The Beantown Cup is also - for the first time - a part of the True Soccer Enterprise's Northeast Futsal Festival Qualifying Tournament Series; whereby boys and girls teams at the U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 levels will be able to earn free entry into either the ‘Love of the Game Cup’ or the ‘International Open’ which are part of the Northeast Futsal Festival, being held February 22 to 24, 2019, in Massachusetts’ South Shore area.

The True Soccer Enterprise’s Northeast Futsal Festival Qualifying Tournament Series will feature a series of single-day tournaments. Teams will be able to compete in a minimum of three games at each tournament, adhering to NORTHEFUTSAL rules and with professional referees.

The breakdown of scoring for the Qualifying Tournament Series will be the following:

  • Champions = 10 points
  • Second Place = 7 points
  • Third Place = 4 points
  • Fourth Place = 1 point

Teams are welcome to enter into as many or as few tournaments as they like. At the conclusion of the series, the team with the most points in each division earns free entry into the Northeast Futsal Festival tournament of their choosing; “Love of the Game Cup” or “International Open.”

The Northeast Futsal Festival’s “International Open” is, itself, a qualifying tournament. The champions of the “International Open” earn entry into the United Futsal Association’s World Futsal Championships, which will take place July 23 to 28, 2019, at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

The schedule for True Soccer Enterprise’s Northeast Futsal Festival Qualifying Tournament Series can be found at truesoccerenterprise.com

More information can also be found at northeastfutsalfest.com