US Women’s Futsal National Team Head Coach | Marcia Tafarel
US Women’s Futsal National Team Head Coach | Marcia Tafarel

US Women’s Futsal National Team Head Coach | Marcia Tafarel

Breaking Barriers and Building a Legacy: Marcia Tafarel’s Journey to the US Women’s Futsal National Team

In this inspiring episode of the Athlete Mindset podcast, host Lisa Bonta Sumii talks with Marcia Tafarel, the first-ever US Women’s Futsal National Head Coach and a trailblazing former Brazilian National soccer player. Together, they delve into Marcia’s remarkable journey, the challenges she faced along the way, and the role of her mother’s unwavering support in her success. As they explore the world of Futsal, learn more about Marcia’s vision for the new US Women’s Futsal National Team and the steps being taken to identify and develop its player pool.

Key Takeaways:

  • Marcia Tafarel’s early life and her passion for soccer amidst Brazil’s soccer prohibition for women (1941-1979)
  • The critical role Marcia’s mother played in supporting her soccer dreams
  • Overcoming barriers and challenges as a female soccer player in Brazil
  • Marcia’s transition from a professional soccer player to a successful coach
  • The exciting launch of the US Women’s Futsal National Team and its potential impact on the sport
  • The identification and development process for the team’s player pool
  • Marcia’s vision for the future of US Women’s Futsal and her goals as the National Head Coach

Join Lisa and Marcia as they discuss these compelling topics and more, offering valuable insights for athletes, coaches, and fans alike. Don’t miss this incredible episode of Athlete Mindset!

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Resource list from “Marcia Tafarel: Paving a Path for Future Players”:

What is Futsal | Gender Equality | 1991 Women’s Soccer World Cup | 1996 Olympics | EC Radar | Santos FC

Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW | Athlete Mindset podcast host:

Lisa is a psychotherapist and mental performance consultant to high-performing athletes at the youth, collegiate, Olympic-hopeful, and professional levels. She is the first-ever Mental Health & Performance Coach for the Oakland Roots SC, a men’s professional soccer team, in the USL. Lisa is the Founder & CEO of AthMindset, a diverse team of licensed mental health clinicians and mental performance consultants, who serve alongside her.

Marcia Tafarel | Guest:

Marcia is a Brazilian former soccer midfielder who played for the Brazil women’s national football team. She competed at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 1996 Summer Olympics, playing 5 matches. At the club level, she played for EC Radar and Saad EC. She currently serves as the US Women Futsal National Team Head Coach

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