Sporting Outlaws Hold Friendly Game in Downtown Montreal

Montreal-Based Futsal Team Plays Outdoor Friendly Ahead of Continental Championship

Sporting Outlaws and FC Grenadiers played a friendly at the Montreal Impact Mini Soccer Pitch Photo Alexander Perez

In preparation for the CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship, Sporting Outlaws—a futsal team based in Montreal—played a friendly at the Montreal Impact Mini Soccer Field in downtown Montreal on St-Alexandre St. Wednesday afternoon.

Around 200 people gathered around the outdoor concrete court built by the Montreal Impact and Major League Soccer to watch Sporting Outlaws play against fellow Première Ligue de Futsal du Québec team FC Grenadiers.

“It’s a success. I never thought that there would be so much people for futsal,” said Sporting Outlaws president Enrique Benavides. “It’s a growing sport and you can tell that people are interested in futsal.”

The tournament organized by CONCACAF, the Confederation of North and Central American as well as the Caribbean, regroups the national champions from each of its countries. Futsal, unlike soccer, is played with five players on a smaller court and usually indoors.

However, for the first time in Canadian history, a futsal game federated by the Canadian Soccer Association was played in the summer.

Sporting Outlaws captain Shaquille Michaud. Photo Alexander Perez