The teams will consist of players in the 10-19 years age group and the touring party will comprise more than 200 players from around the state.
The Zebras under-10s are part of the Vikings Futsal Academy and are coached by former Hobart Zebras stars Romeo Frediani, 37, and Sergio Pace, 45.
If the youngsters are anywhere near as skilful as these two former players, they will do very well at the tournament, although the indoor version of the game of soccer is somewhat different to the outdoor game.
“There was no Futsal when Romeo and I grew up and learned to play soccer,” said Pace. “So it was new to us when we started to coach this team.
“It’s got its advantages and disadvantages. They play on a smaller pitch, but they get to know each other’s style of play very well because of that and, in certain aspects of the game, it improves their skills.
“They do have to adapt to the outside game because there’s a lot more space.
“Their close control is improved, as is their teamwork.”
Frediani said the team competed in a Brisbane tournament last Easter and finished seventh in a pool of 16 and was very competitive.
“They only lost two games and the scores were very close, with there being only a goal the difference quite often,” he said.
“Some of the other teams had been together for three or four years.
“In the coming Dandenong tournament, the competition will probably be a bit stronger, seeing it’s more of a national tournament than the Brisbane one.”
Pace said that confidence was high for the coming tournament.
Source : Tasmania Mercury
By : Walter Pless