USA National Indoor Soccer comes to Boise

Posted at 7:07 PM, Aug 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 21:07:33-04

Boise welcomed in an international friendly with Team USA versus Brazil at CenturyLink Arena.

Arena soccer is very similar to hockey.  As a result, the game is fast, high scoring and there's much more contact between players on the turf.

There is a total of five players and a goalkeeper on the turf at once and substitutions are done throughout the game just like hockey.

The matchup also featured one local product from the State of Idaho, Sandpoint native Brian Farber.  He says fans can expect plenty of excitement this evening and is glad to be representing his state.

"When you get to represent the country it's fantastic and right now I'm the one member that gets to represent the state within the country.  It's going to be really fun I'm looking forward to it.  It's a sold out arena tonight.  There shouldn't be an empty seat in the house and it's going to be really really loud in this building, and it's going to be a tough matchup versus Brazil but it should be a fun experience," said, USA Indoor team member Brian Farber.

Before the big matchup, we had the chance to visit with the USA Indoor Arena GM Bernie Lilavois to break down tonight's matchup.

Lilavois says fans can expect something that is unique to Boise.

"We're super excited.  Indoor soccer is high scoring, fast action, and is a hybrid of hockey.  Brazil is a really good team and there will be a lot of fireworks,” said GM Bernie Lilavois.

The United States Indoor Arena Soccer team enters in as the World Cup Champions in 2015 and to be able to showcase their talents in the city of trees is exactly why they wanted to play in the city of trees against Brazil.

"Brazil didn't get to play us in the semifinals they lost in the in the quarterfinals when we hosted it two years ago.  There is a little revenge factor, we got our chest out that we are world champions so we're excited about that.  We are preparing for the next world cup,” said, Lilavois.

The indoor game of soccer is much different as it's a high scoring contest as teams can put up 15 goals a game.

"It is the most exciting parts of outdoor soccer and we jam pack it indoors.  The goals people love seeing goals we have plenty of those, people love seeing the slide tackles and physical play we've got plenty of that like hockey, and its a fast paced game,” said, Lilavois.