Drive partner with futsal team


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The Grand Rapids Drive have partnered with a team in a rising sport.

The Drive announced yesterday a partnership with Grand Rapids ABK Futsal and Latican Sports, the organization behind the team.

"We view ABK Futsal and Latican Sports as an emerging sports property here in West Michigan and are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with them for the 2015-16 season," said Wes Weir, VP, Grand Rapids Drive. "Furthermore, this is a major step in strengthening our relationship with the growing Hispanic community in town."


Futsal is a fast paced, indoor version of soccer played on a court with modified rules.

Futsal is one of America’s fastest-growing indoor sports and is popular in Spain, Mexico and South America, according to the Drive.

Soccer superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have said futsal is important to their development.

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A professional futsal league is expected to start next year, and Grand Rapids is the running for a charter franchise.

"We are happy to work with the Grand Rapids Drive as we gear up for our first professional season with ABK," said Jaiver Olvera, treasurer, Grand Rapids ABK. "We look forward to a great season and collaboration with a such a great professional group."

Two for one

The partnership will include Grand Rapids ABK playing four matches prior to Drive games this season, on Nov. 25, Dec. 13, Jan. 2 and March 19.

Tickets for futsal games will also grant access to the Drive games afterward.

"Our partnership will have the ability to give fans exposure to two great sports in one night,” said Jose Fabian Rodriguez, head coach, Grand Rapids ABK.

Tickets will start at $10.

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