In December 2014, in lieu of the US Soccer courses the ASA technical staff traveled to Brazil to obtain an official Futsal coaching certificate, audit the CBF “A” license and develop relationships with Brazilian clubs on a tour hosted by Aoxy Experiences Executive Director, Pedro Paiva. The ASA technical staff developed a close relationship with Pedro from their time working together at D.C. United while he was obtaining his MBA at GW’s Kogod School of business.
In the summer of 2015, ASA and Gol Brasil created an official partnership to support Alexandria player and coaches. GOL BRASIL is the official exchange program of AOXY Experiencias. ASA staff selected Alexandria players to participate in an unforgettable soccer and futsal experience along with first class exposure to the vibrant Brazilian culture including amazing food, unrivaled beaches, and unforgettable mountain hike views. Pedro and Gol Brazil provided amazing access to professional team training sessions and pro game experiences. The Toca Cup outdoor and the Belo Horizonte Futsal tournament experiences are competitive events, the host lodging and game facilities are top class, and the Gol Brasil staff are tremendous people, responsible and professional.
In July of 2016, ASA brought a team of futsal players to Brazil for the second year in a row, strengthening our partnership with Gol Brazil. Gol Brazil’s International Training Program facilitated the trip that spanned 10 days and 3 cities, and was packed with elite futsal training, challenging tournament play, tours of professional stadiums and Brazilian futsal clubs, and lots of sightseeing. The highlights of the trips included:
Playing Kazakhstan’s national team and Cruzeiro Academy teams in the Toca I International Cup
Attending a training session with Corinthians Pro Futsal staff in their professional team arena
Playing FC Barcelona Escola in Barra de Tijuca
Visiting Cristo, Copacabana beach, and Sugarloaf Mountain
Watching the Corinthians vs. Sao Paulo professional game
Playing street Futsal with locals and beach soccer on Rio’s stunning beaches
Check out some of our pictures from the 2016 trip!