NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men's soccer program hosted another successful winter futsal fundraiser over the holiday break this past weekend at the Delaware Fieldhouse. It was the third annual fundraiser helping to inject funds into the men's soccer program, funds for which head coach Ian Hennessy is very grateful.

"Every year we have teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware return to this fun Christmas event on our beautiful campus which helps raise the profile of the soccer program and the University along with generating much needed capital for the school's athletic department," stated Hennessy. "Times such as these make you realize the importance of the soccer community and how dependent we are on one another, on many levels, and for this we are thankful.

"On top of that, the players and coaching staff enjoy meeting these young kids and interacting with them on a personal level through the beautiful game," Hennessy concluded.

According to, Futsal is the way the world plays indoor soccer. It is played on all the continents of the world in over 100 countries by more than 12 million players. Futsal is played on a basketball-size court. It can be played on a variety of surfaces. The game does not require the use of expensive dasher board - walls, as do other versions of indoor soccer. Without the walls, futsal is a great skill-developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin-point passing.  It is an exciting game for children as well as adults.

Hennessy and the UD program are coming off the most successful year since the Blue Hens' 2001 team, under direction of head coach Marc Samonisky, went 7-11-1 while in the American East Conference. The Hens jumped 52 places in the 2009 NCAA RPI.