MLK Freedom Futsal Tournament

MLK Freedom Futsal LogoFreedom Rules on MLK Monday!

Sign Up!  (late registration form)
Date: Monday, January 16, 2023 (Martin Luther King Day)
Registration Deadline: about 10 days prior
Tournament Directors: Russell Lewis & Brett Dickson
Past Tournament Photos
Divisions, Schedules, & Standings

About the MLK Freedom Futsal Tournament

Location: Sports Plus, 10765 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241
Ages: U7-U19 (boys & girls), adult
Games: 24 mins long, guaranteed at least 3 games/team (some teams play 4 games)
Format: 5v5 with gks for all age groups
Roster: 6-8 players (recommended)
Cost: $150/team; $30/free agent player
Tournament Rules: Futsal Tournament Rules
Past Results: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Referees: Sign up to referee

What better way to spend a snowy Monday off from school than by playing futsal! Games are played on basketball courts and are fast-paced with lots of touches. Schedules are designed with moms and dads in mind: there’s not a ton of time between games so you won’t be waiting around all day.

We call this tourney the “MLK Freedom” to reflect the freedom players enjoy through the sport of futsal and the freedom we celebrate as Americans. Futsal originated in the streets of Brazil where players had the freedom to try new moves and show off new skills to their friends. We seek to create that same atmosphere of freedom and creativity on MLK Monday at the Freedom.

We welcome teams to register and we also allow players to register as free agents that we then combine onto teams.

2020 Covid-19 Adjustments

Objective: run a fun and safe futsal event for kids and prevent mall-related tramplings and coronavirus spread.

General format: each team will play their games back-to-back (24 min games with 6 min breaks in between), and then be expected to leave before new groups arrive.

Safety measures and steps to limit large groups:

  • Standard Covid safety protocols – if sick, stay home, temperature checks, hand sanitation, avoid contact, masks required when not actively playing and encouraged (but not required) when playing..
  • One parent spectator per participant. Masks required. Siblings permitted but discouraged.
  • Free flowing entry and exit lanes to avoid congestion and contact with staff (gate fee will use the honor system)*
  • Staggered start times to reduce the number of people coming and going at once.
  • Schedule designed for minimal movement of teams between courts/benches (while still ensuring three games against three different opponents).
  • Schedule designed to allow each court to have one :30 minute break every two hours for evacuation of teams, cleaning of bench areas, and arrival of new teams.
  • No award presentations or apparel booth.

*Gate fee of $5/adult, $3/child, or $10/family can be paid by Venmo to before, during, or after the event, or you can drop cash into the cash box.