By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Dec 04, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Former longtime Milwaukee Wave head coach Keith Tozer announced this afternoon that he is forming the Midwest Futsal Association and the Wisconsin Futsal League, with the goal of turning the Midwest into a hub for futsal. 

Futsal is a variant of indoor soccer, played five-on-five on a hard court surface and with a smaller, less bouncy ball. Tozer is currently the head coach of the USA men's national futsal team, a FIFA futsal instructor and technical director for U.S. Youth Futsal. 

The MFA will be focused on promoting the sport throughout the Midwest region, with a plan to host adult and youth leagues, tournaments, education, coaching seminars and exhibition games starting next year.

The rest of the association includes current Chicago Mustangs player and BraSa Futsal Academy president Hewerton Moreira as director of operations, Edge Promotions president Allison Philips as director of corporate sales and marketing and Milwaukee Soccer Development Group founder and executive director James Moran as director of public relations and social media.

Meanwhile, the WFL will kick off its youth league in February, playing at University School Milwaukee (USM) in River Hills. The league will consist of boys and girls from U8 to U18. Registration fees for each team will be $650 with eight included matches. For an additional $10, all players will be registered under U.S. Youth Futsal for a calendar year, covering registration fees and secondary insurance. For more information on the league, visit the Midwest Futsal Association's website

Tozer was the head coach of the Milwaukee Wave for 21 years before he and the team parted ways back in March in the midst of several changes for the indoor soccer organization.