by JENNIFER FRAKES

Futsal Fever

student_miller1For Haley Miller, soccer, in one form or another, has been a part of her life since she was a little girl. According to her mother, Michelle, Haley started playing soccer in Scripps Ranch when she was five years old. “Haley really enjoyed playing soccer for Scripps Ranch. She met her core group of friends playing for Scripps, and her dad, Triston, also coached several of her teams. It was awesome seeing them bond over soccer,” said Michelle. When Haley was 10 years old, she started playing futsal, a variant of soccer that is played on a smaller field, or court, and is most often played indoors. Haley now plays on the San Diego Surf Elite Club National League and travels across the nation playing futsal. She trains with Coach Mario Mrakovic, who Michelle credits with helping Haley hone her skills and continue to grow and develop as a futsal player.

One of Haley’s proudest moments so far in her futsal career was making the 2016 USA national futsal team. Last December, she and the rest of the team competed in Canada against a Canadian team with girls who were on average one to two years older. “The highlight of my trip was scoring the first international goal for my team. I also learned a lot by playing against older girls. The whole experience was an eye-opener for me on what I need to strive for to take my playing to the next level,” said Haley. She is hopeful that her hard work will continue to pay off and she will once again make the national team this year.

student_miller3When Haley is not on the futsal court, she enjoys snowboarding and mountain biking. Each summer, she can be found at Canyon Springs Church volunteering at vacation bible school. She also loves hanging out with her friends from Marshall Middle School.

Looking to the future, Haley aspires to become a member of the USA national women’s futsal team and go to the Olympics. She would also like to attend BYU Hawaii. As she works toward her goals, Haley is quick to point out that to achieve her dreams, she must continue to give futsal her all. “You can’t just try out for a team and expect to make it. You have to work hard to make it happen,” stated this determined and talented futsal phenom.


Name: Haley Miller (13)
School: Marshall Middle School
Grade: 7
Parents: Michelle and Triston Miller
Siblings: Jayla Miller (10) and Jase Miller (19 months)
Favorite Place in 92131: The futsal courts and the Swim and Racquet Club to be with family and friends

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