Orem, Utah County and the Real Salt Lake Foundation are partnering to build two RSL futsal courts at Geneva Park this summer.

The courts will be dedicated to young RSL players called “Homegrowns” that trained in the RSL academy and have signed professional RSL contracts. This will be the foundation’s 10th futsal court.

Futsal is a modified form of soccer. It is played with five players on each side and on a smaller field or court. Most often, futsal is played indoors.

Orem Mayor Richard Brunst and Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee joined Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen, Rob Zarkos, executive vice president of soccer operations and RSL players Tate Schmitt, David Ochoa and Julian Vazquez for the announcement Thursday at Geneva Elementary School. Students from the school and from Suncrest Elementary were guests at the festivities.

“Soccer is a growing sport in Utah County, and the ‘Homegrown’ futsal courts will meet a demand that already exists,” said Steven Downs, city spokesman. “To bring this amenity to this neighborhood will be game-changing for the Geneva/Suncrest Neighborhoods.”

Orem will pay for the majority of the $350,000 to build the courts. Real’s foundation has provided a $25,000 grant for the courts.

“This improvement is the beginning of some incredible changes that are coming to Geneva Park,” Downs said. “This property, with its proximity to elementary schools and the Orem Community Hospital property, is positioned uniquely to serve the entire spectrum of our population. We are excited about these courts. They will be the first outdoor futsal courts in Utah County.”

A 32-year veteran of covering news in Utah County, Genelle covers Provo, Orem, Faith/Religion, including the LDS Church and general assignments.

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