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Waxahachie, Texas – Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) hosts the 2nd annual SAGU Futsal Christmas Classic Tournament on December 19-20, 2015, in the Claxton and Sheaffer Center Gymnasiums

Head men's soccer coach Clem Oancea added, "We are excited to continue this annual futsal tournament." He continued, "We hope this becomes a new tradion to bring friends and family together before the holidays."

Futsal is a modified form of soccer that is played on an indoor court. It was developed in Uruguay and Brazil in the 1930s and 1940s. The game is five-on-five and played with in bound lines. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football due to the surface of the pitch. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. 

Registration is opened now. The tournament entrance fee is $300 with a roster size of 8-12 players. Group Stage will consist of three games with a maximum of five. Games begin on Saturday, December 19–20, 2015.

Divisions:

  • Men’s Open
  • Women’s open
  • Coed - U6
  • Boys - U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14
  • Girls - U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14 

Tournament Rules (Five-a-Side Soccer)

  • #4 size futsal ball - 30% less bounce
  • 5v5 
  • Unlimited “flying” substitutions (12 Players on a Team)
  • Out of bounds will result in a kick-in
  • 20-minute halves
  • 1 time-out per half
  • Goal Clearance (throw)
  • No shoulder charges or sliding tackles
  • 4-second rule on restarts
  • No Offside Rule
  • No restrictions, but limited to 4 seconds
  • Keeper can not touch ball with hands after a pass back
  • Player sent off can be substituted for after 2 minutes or other has scored
  • Corner kick placed on corner

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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