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How to watch the Futsal World Cup live on the web – Updated

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As most readers know Australia, NZ and Pacific Islands television networks are not really known for showing Futsal regularly. With the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup rapidly approaching, we thought some of you may benefit from a guide on how to watch it streaming on the Internet to make up for the potential lack of live local coverage. 30/9/08 11:53PM : Check out this forum post for confirmed live and working streaming links [click here] (scroll to the bottom once you get to that page). In a Nutshell, the following are reliable links to view live and replay Footage of the World Cup. http://www.justin.tv/search?q=futsal&commit=Search&show-clips=true&show-events=true&show-networks=false&show-live-broadcasters=true&show-tips=true&show-offline-broadcasters=false&section=all Previous Games : http://www.justin.tv/search?sort-by=newest&q=futsal&section=all Previous info for this article is below : Note : If you choose to follow this guide it is your own responsibility. If it doesn’t work for you, you may wish to read up on other methods on the net. This method is recommended for those with Broadband connections. Dialup just won’t cut it. 1. Check out the list of official Broadcasters for the Event : http://www.futsalplanet.com/FTP/files/bra08broadcast.pdf 2. Install the TVUPlayer from TVU Networks. It is a free piece of software that streams tv across the net using P2P type connnections. You can grab it …

Kurukuru ready for the FIFA Futsal World Cup

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The FIFA Futsal World Cup – Brazil 2008 kicks-off in less than 24 hours and the Solomon Islands Kurukuru are ready to soar! www.oceaniafootball.com presents fans of the Kurukuru with a photo gallery of action as the team prepares for its first taste of World Cup action against Cuba. The people of the Solomon Islands will be able to enjoy every kick off the ball in Brasilia thanks to Oceania Football Confederation, FIFA, One News Television (Solomon Islands) and their affiliated broadcast partners from Australia and Fiji. One News Television (Solomon Islands) broadcast the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – Marseille 2008 in June this year and company CEO Dorothy Wickham expressed her thanks to FIFA and OFC for helping bring futsal to television screens across the Solomon Islands. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Solomon Islands to see their stars in action on the world stage at a FIFA event,” Wickham said. In Kurukuru team news, it appears the talismanic Eliot Ragomo will be passed fit to play in the FIFA Futsal World Cup opener against Cuba. Ragomo was treated for an ankle injury during the team’s build-up preparations and was considered doubtful. SOLOMON ISLANDS vs. CUBA …

Moves afoot to promote futsal around the north (NSW)

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With the soccer season barely over, players will soon have the opportunity to keep their skills sharp over the summer months but on an indoor court, with the introduction of futsal to the sporting landscape. A five-a-side game played on a netball-sized court, futsal has a huge following overseas and has gained a strong foothold in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. And if Armidale District Football Association president Graham Parsons has his way, it will take off in northern NSW as well. He is working on behalf of Viking, a company which administers and fosters futsal in Australia. Parsons has conducted a number of sign-on days in Armidale and hopes to soon have a midweek competition up and running. He also hopes to kick off other competitions across the New England and North West region, as well as schools-based tournaments. “Futsal is a fast and exciting game, where every player on average touches the ball every 19 seconds,” he said. “That allows all players to get involved in the game, no matter what their skill level. “It also helps to develop skills and is especially good for young players who need to improve their skills.” Parsons explained that Viking was helping …

Kurukuru games to be broadcast on One News

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One News Television of Solomon Islands will bring live, the games from the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil. CEO of One News Television, Ms. Dorothy Wickham said that bringing the games live was part of the OFC Football Project. According to Ms. Wickham the OFC project involves almost all Pacific television companies in highlighting local sporting events in the international level. “With proper broadcast to the outside world, people would see how well our children are doing in sports,” says Ms. Dorothy Wickham. She said that her company is proud to bring the Futsal games to the Solomon Islands with the help of FIFA and OFC. She stated that there are many advantages in bringing the games live to the whole country. According to her, it also gives an opportunity for the people of Solomon Islands to see their stars in action at the FIFA Futsal World Cup. The live coverage of the FIFA games will begin tonight. Source : Solomon Times Online By : Joanna Sireheti Published : 30/9/2008

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Give Futsal a chance – Les Murray Blog

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It will come as no surprise to the most mildly informed football punter that Ronaldinho is a former futsal player. Nor that so is Ronaldo. And, unless I am mistaken, so were Kaká, Robinho and Pato. It cannot be a coincidence that men of such consummate technical ability are graduates of the indoor, five-a-side configuration of football, as are literally thousands of other Brazilian stars of the outdoor game. My late friend, Johnny Warren, babbled on about this stuff for decades without being heard. And four years past his death he’s still not being heard, or not enough. The indoor game continues to be sidelined, like some insignificant cousin, its critical importance ignored to football’s utter detriment. Futsal, or indoor soccer as some still call it, is a burgeoning activity in the suburbs, a great source of fun, especially at junior level, and an even greater vehicle for technical development. It is, in effect, a long established and deep rooted mirror of what was only recently mandated nationwide to improve the level of skill among our growing young: small sided games or SSGs. Futsal is played on small courts, five versus five, compelling players, due to lack of space, to …

Sutherland Shire Match Reports (NSW)

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Sutherland Shire Futsal Association have published a number of news reports on their first couple of rounds in Super League. They are all included below. SSFA first home hit out – Results Round 2 The Sutherland Shire Futsal Association (SSFA) was very pleased to host Sydney Uni in round 2 of the 08 – 09 Football NSW Futsal Super League for the first time in history at Menai Indoor Sports Centre Sunday 28th September 2008. Results of round 2 are as follows; 2.00pm KO 12 boys, SSFA 4 vs. Sydney University 2 2.45pm KO 14 boys, SSFA 7 vs. Sydney University 1 3.15pm KO 13 girls, SSFA 1 vs. Sydney University 6 4.00pm KO 16 boys, SSFA 3 vs. Sydney University 3 4.45pm KO 16 girls, SSFA 1 vs. Sydney University 12 5.15pm KO Youth Men, SSFA 0 vs. Sydney University 5 6.30pm KO All Age Women, SSFA 3 vs. Sydney University 7 7.15pm KO All Age Men, SSFA 6 vs. Sydney University 3 Source : Sutherland Shire Futsal By : J. Simnet Published : 28/9/2008   Sutherland under 12s onwards and upwards Saturday, 27 September 2008 saw the opening round of the 2008/09 Football NSW Futsal Super League Season …

Queensland Mens Futsal Team announced (Vikings)

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The Queensland Mens Futsal Team to contest the 2009 Vikings National Championships in Sydney was announced today with six different regions represented. Current coach Paul Mckarzel will be joined by two-time World Cup player, Marty Calvert, in a coaching duo with Steve Tipler as the team’s manager. Keepers : 1. Zane Frieberg (West Moreton) 2. TBA Players: Keenan Duimpies (Logan City) Scott Fenn (West Moreton) Luke Haydon (West Moreton) Ben Hunt (West Moreton) Renagi Ingram (East Brisbane) Daniel Liddy (Greenbank) Ray Mortensen (Logan City) Danny Ngaluafe (East Brisbane) Matthew Pope (North Brisbane) Brett Richardson (West Moreton) Shadow Players invited to train with team on permanent basis: Matt Taylor (East Brisbane) Lorenzo Romano (South Brisbane) All players are expected to attend first training session as detailed in trial letter. Any worries please contact Steve Tipler, Marty Calvert or Paul McKarzel. Source : Vikings Queensland Published : 29/9/2008

Futsalroos section now available on OzFootball.net

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The excellent Australian Football statistics and archive site OzFootball.net has just introduced a Futsalroos section. Some great statistics are available there for anyone interested in Australia’s International Futsal fortunes over the years. OzFootball is well worth a look for anyone involved in the outdoor game also, with a huge number of statistics going back a very long time. If you have any additional info you contribute, we highly recommend sending it through to the OzFootball team. Notes from the Futsalroos Page : “Welcome to OzFootball’s Futsalroo archive. Currently the archive contains information transcribed from online FIFA and AFC records, detailing Australia’s participation in major FIFA and AFC tournaments almost completely. Apart from that though, this is one of the more difficult areas to compile information for, as details are thin on the ground or unsorted due to the poor cousin status of futsal in this country. Details on opponents’ squads, friendlies and Oceanian qualifiers and tournaments are especially tricky. As our focus is more on the outdoor side of things, we’re somewhat dependant on external contributions to make anything happen here. As with the rest of the archives, any help or contribution is greatly appreciated..” “Principle sources used so far …

Kurukuru Visits Futsal World Cup Venue

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The Solomon Islands Kurukuru, in less than a day, will be propelled onto the global stage as the Futsal World Cup gets underway. As excitement and expectation builds in Brazil, many are putting their money on Spain. Pundits say that whoever overcome Spain, winners of the last two events, will definitely walk away with the trophy. The team posing the biggest threat to Spain is Brazil, although its coach has downplayed its prospects. “Spain are the team to beat at this World Cup. They are a group that has had everything planned out for years now. They may have changed coach, but they’ve continued their work just as before,” the Brazilian coach Oliveira tells FIFA.com. “Nowadays, it’s much harder to win a World Cup than four years ago, because every country is investing in Futsal now we’re seeing rapid improvements. That’s something we’ve been aware of and why we deemed it necessary to professionalise our technical committee, build our own training academy and do all the work we’ve done over the last four years. That’s the only way to prepare a team capable of winning the world title, while at the same time paving the way for the next generation.” …

Kurukuru get VIP trip

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If the Solomon Islands futsal team needed any further reminding that they had reached the big time, then it came early on Friday morning. Four police officer on motorcycles arrived at their hotel to accompany the team bus from Goiania to Brasilia. They came to give them VIP (Very Important People) treatment on their way to the Brazilian capital for the FIFA Futsal World Cup. The road through Goiania’s city centre was cleared by the officers, They were constantly buzzing around the bus and blocking other vehicles from hindering the team’s path. For the humble boys from Honiara – such is their excitement about participating in the World Cup that they would have gladly walked to Brasilia. It was a real thrill to be given such treatment. On arriving in Brasilia the team checked-in to their hotel. This is also hosting the other teams in their group (Brazil, Cuba, Japan and Russia). Then they got straight back to work with a light training session at the practice court adjacent to the main stadium, the Nilson Nelson Sports Hall. The venue itself, a dome-like structure, is very impressive and seats over 16,000 people. The three players nursing injuries, Elliot Ragomo, Jenan …

Sutherland record win over Sydney Uni in Mens Open Futsal match (NSW)

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The Sutherland Mens Futsal team got off to the best possible start making it two wins in a row with a fine win over Sydney Uni in a rousing game of fast skilful attacking Futsal from both teams. Sutherland are a brand new club to Super League Futsal while Sydney Uni were welcomed back to the league after not competing last season. Syd Uni started the better of the two sides and opened the scoring early when Renato Jelen swivelled and slammed the ball home after a pass from Jamal Boulkabout. Sutherland responded by mounting a sustained period of possession which eventually lead to them levelling the game when Figon drew the keeper from goal and slipped the ball to Tilman to score from close range. The game remained in the balance until Sutherland took the lead when a precise cross court pass to Sgouros saw him round both defender and keeper to slot the ball home. Sydney Uni were playing a fast tempo one touch game and wanted to break quickly from defence while Sutherland played a more patient possession game. Sutherlands patience paid off and they opened up a significant two goal gap when Tilman was not closed …

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Sydney University Women triumph over Sutherland (NSW)

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Despite a second half rally from Sutherland the Sydney Uni womens team put on an unstoppable first half performance to set up a comfortable 7-3 win which was highlighted by a four goal tally to Uni’s Belinda Seers. Sydney Uni came out blazing and took immediate control with the sort of precise passing and movement that the new Sutherland team could not contain. After some early heroics from keeper Svetlana Kasic, Uni opened the scoring when Anne Querin slipped the ball past the advancing keeper. Sydney Uni kept the pressure up and scored again when Belinda Seers opened her account after playing a slick one two with Kate Trebilcock. Sutherlands Monica Kavanagh forced a fine save from the keeper after a nice lay off from Collins and later Ciraolo fired just wide of goal. But the relentless pressure form Uni started to tell and they grabbed their third when Kate Trebilcock scored following a poor defensive clearance. Uni made it 4-0 when Alicia Shirley nipped in to score following a nice pass from Carmel Anne Dimarco. Then Belinda Seers slipped the ball past the keeper after a pass from Querin to make it 5-0 at the break. At the start …

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Sydney Magic and Campbelltown City Quake lock horns in Marrickville (NSW)

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The NSW Futsal Competition opened on Saturday with a cracking match up between Sydney Magic PCYC and the Forty Winks Campbelltown City Quake at Marrickville. In front of a crowd of over 300 people (putting to shame some outdoor NSW League crowds) the atmosphere was terrific as both clubs demonstrated why they have had so much success in Futsal. The Men’s Open Match certainly lived up to its billing with an entertaining, yet low scoring, 1-2 win by the visitors. Within the first thirty seconds of the match Quake had taken the lead with Simon Keith stealing the ball from Magic and forcing Jack Atkinson into making a fantastic save as he pushed Keith’s shot around the post. From the corner Keith laid it straight to Dean Lockhart who put it low into the far corner of the net. In the eighth minute Magic broke through Dylan Maloney and his shot from distance beat the keeper but smashed against the post and away from the target. Two minutes later and the Quake players were up in arms appealing against Atkinson being over the line and having touched the ball with his hands in their opinion. However the referee declined their …

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Super League Super Start for Sutherland (NSW)

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The Sutherland Shire Futsal Association made history today playing in and fielding all 8 teams in each of the required age groups playing round 1 against Enfield Rovers FC at Ashfield Boys High School. Results as follows: Under 12 Boys, Sutherland Shire FA 1 vs. Enfield Rovers FC 2 Under 13 Girls, Sutherland Shire FA 4 vs. Enfield Rovers FC 8 Under 14 Boys, Sutherland Shire FA 5 vs. Enfield Rovers FC 6 Under 16 Girls, Sutherland Shire FA 3 vs. Enfield Rovers FC 3 Under 16 Boys, Sutherland Shire FA 2 vs. Enfield Rovers FC 2 Under 19 Youth Men, Sutherland Shire FA 3 vs. Enfield Rovers FC 8 All Age Women, Sutherland Shire FA 3 vs. Enfield Rovers FC 11 All Age Men’s, Sutherland Shire FA 8 vs. Enfield Rovers FC 4 Source : Sutherland Shire Futsal Published : 28/9/2008

Pumas Take Positives from First Outing (VIC)

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Pumas Futsal Club was, in quantity, shown to be a powerhouse of the VFFC Futsal League in Round One at Melton Sports and Recreation Centre as the club was involved in every, single match on the night. It was a night full of valuable lessons. Pumas Mix got the ball rolling with a practice match against an experienced Victory 5s U11 side after their original opponent was forced to forfeit this week. Despite being comprehensively beaten, “the Mix” produced the highlight of the match when a set play from a corner was driven with force into the bottom corner from fifteen meters out by Kim Matin. It was a valuable lesson learned for “the Mix” who will regroup and officially start their campaign next week. Pumas U9 took on Keilor Park U11 who is a leading side in the Under 11 Championship. After struggling at the beginning of the match, the “U9s” regrouped and emerged in the second half with a swagger about them as Steven Lechowicz dominated the centre of the court. The final score of 6-2 to Keilor did little to truly represent the game’s chances as Pumas could’ve scored ten in an impressive second half. Pumas Blue …

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Gold Coast City Futsal Association – Where to Play (QLD) – Updated

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Football Queensland has released a Flyer for Gold Coast Futsal. The Flyer can be found here. Its main contents are as follows : Futsal on the Gold Coast!!! Come and join the only Football Federation Australia and Football Queensland sanctioned Futsal competitions on the Gold Coast. Extend your football season and join Futsal with your current team under your favoured Clubs name and banner (subject to clubs approval). Sharpen up those skills and keep up your fitness during the “Off Season” with the fast paced action of Futsal and be part of the fun and excitement! The opportunity for you to trial for State Teams!!! (To be held in October) WHO CAN PLAY? Age groups from U/8s through to U/17s, Youth U/19’s, Men and Ladies. (Limited to 8 teams per age group) WHERE? Tallebudgera Leisure Centre Varsity College Bond University Carrara Indoor Sports Sports Super Centre Runaway Bay Ashmore WHEN? Season commences Saturday 11th Oct 2008 and concludes in February 2009. Registration Mondays from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Ashmore PCYC, and Wednesdays from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Carrara Indoor Sports Registrations close 8th of October 2008. COST? $175.00 per player – Minimum 8 players per team. An easy “one off” registration fee that covers all …

NSW Premier League Round 2 Game Time Updates

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The Round 2 Premier League Clash between Sydney City Eagles and Sydney Magic on Sunday the 28th has some kick-off time changes. The 12 Boys and 13 Girls matches are postponed due to Champion of Champions commitments and will be rescheduled within the subsequent two weeks after Round 2. The new game times for Eagles and Magic on Sunday are : 2:00pm 14 Boys 2:45pm 16 Boys 3:30pm 16 Girls 4:15pm Youth Men 5:00pm Women 5:45pm Men

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Kurukuru face Ragomo injury fears

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Solomon Islands Kurukuru face an anxious wait as three of their star players battle with injury just five days out from the start of the FIFA Futsal World Cup – Brazil 2008. Elliot Ragomo, Jenan Kagu and Junior Kogua received treatment for ankle injuries at Goias Sports Club after injuring themselves in warm-up matches and training. The loss of a player like Elliot Ragomo would be a hammer-blow for the Solomon Islands who face Cuba in Match 2 of the tournament on 30 September in Brasilia. Goias Sports Club physiotherapist has put Ragomo, Kagu and Kogua through a rigourous pool programme to ensure the three players will be available for selection for the opening match. “We are taking a cautious approach to the three players at the moment, we do not want to take any unnecessary risks. We’ve taken the three players out of the training environment and will work them through a controlled rehabilitation programme,” a team spokesman said in a brief statement today. Solomon Islands Kurukuru squad is still training twice a day and will leave Goiania tomorrow for Brasilia where the team will be based. Solomon Islands will face Cuba, Brazil, Japan and Russia in Group A …

Melbourne Reds Players Feature in SBS Video (VIC)

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Mariana Rudan travelled to Victoria to uncover the growing sport of Futsal, the indoor counterpart of the beautiful game, a pivotal component in the development of ball skill at an early age. Melbourne Reds players featured strongly in the video and members of our State Championship U11 Rep Team, Charlie Bircham, Aaron Diplacido, Stefan Cardamone, Reis Aygun, Jesse Mills-Warthold and Bryson Ng were all shown in the segment. Bryson was also interviewed during the segment. We wish all remaining state team participants the best of luck with their final stages of selection. Watch the video online via the following link: SBS Futsal Video Source : Melbourne Reds Futsal Club Published : 25/9/2008

IROK in the Philippines (Vikings NZ)

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After playing in the Vikings International Cup in Christchurch New Zealand, the IROK Philippines womens side invited NZ CEO Paul Wadsworth for a visit to the Philippines. Futsal in the Philippines is very small with Basketball being the number one sport. But a core group of passionate Futsal players lead by IROK Coach Manny Batungbacal and his assistant Paul Encarnacion have progressed the sport along nicely. The womens side won the Philippines their first medal ever for any football code with a well desrved Bronze at the South East Asian Games in 2007. This sort of success is not without it’s hardships though. The side had to fund itself to the tournament and with the girls running min tournaments, selling fusal socks, holding garage sales and collecting plastic bottles they still fell short of their target, so Coach Manny stepped in and sold his car to ensure the side made it to the event. Futsal in the Philippines faces similar problems to a lot of other countries around the world. A National Football Body that wants ownership of Futsal but is not willing to invest. Discrimination from football people and lack of funds. but through this Coach Manny and Paul …

VFFC Fixtures Released (VIC)

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Pumas Futsal club has finally received the fixtures for the VFFC Futsal League. Pumas wishes all its players good luck and remember that the most important thing is that you have fun whilst improving your technical skills! Below are the kick off times for Round One (26th September, 2008) 7.00pm – PUMAS MIX 7.35pm – PUMAS Under 10 8.10pm – PUMAS Under 9 8.45pm – PUMAS Yellow 9.20pm – PUMAS Blue All games are played at Melton Sports and Recreation Centre (Map: 336 H8). REMINDERS: Squads are listed below, All players must arrive in uniform (Pumas Yellow playing top, blue shorts, blue football socks and shin pads) GO PUMAS! Source : Pumas Futsal Published : 25/9/2008

Northern NSW Futsal Holiday Clinics

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Futsal is a fast paced, action packed game that is extremely popular across the globe. This is your chance to get involved in futsal with three (3) days of specific futsal training. Training will be based on skills and techniques specific to futsal and will incorporate small futsal games. The clinic is open to all players aged 10-14 regardless of their skill level. Gateshead Clinic Venue: Gateshead Indoor Sports World, Oakdale Rd, Gateshead Dates: 30th Sept – 2nd Oct (Tue-Thurs) CLICK HERE for the Gateshead Clinic Form Thornton Clinic Venue: Hunter Indoor Sports Centre,10 Glenwood Dr. Thornton Dates: 7th – 9th Oct (Tues-Thu) CLICK HERE for the Thornton Clinic Form Ages: 10yrs -14yrs inclusive Times: 9am – 12pm Cost: $ 80 per player with each player to receive a string bag, futsal ball and training shirt. To Register: Contact Matt or Peter on 4964 0766 or devofficer@northernnswfootball.com.au (Matt) community@northernnswfootball.com.au (Peter) Source : Northern NSW Football Published : 24/9/2008

Ragomo injury progresses well

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The national Futsal team the Kurukuru coach Victor Waiía says team captain Elliot Ragomo knee injury is getting on well. In his email message to Star Sport on Monday Mr Waiía said his assistant Dickson Kadau is taking care of him at the Hotel Gym. He said Ragomo should be on the court in two or three day’s time. Ragomo got a late injury in their final warmup match against Goias Futsal Club ahead of the FIFA Futsal Cup in Brazil. He left the court in the second half with a knee injury. He slipped on a wet patch of the court and landed heavily. His injury raises concern for the team However Waiía said focus and concentration in the camp venue is progressing as they are getting closer to the tournament days. Source : Solomon Star By : Charles Kadamana Published : 23/9/2008

Dylan Maloney returns from Brazil (NSW)

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After 2 months of intensive training with Minas Tênis Clube (One of the best Brazilian National League teams) in Belo Horizonte, Dylan is back to Sydney Magic to help his team on the Futsal season. He has developed his Futsal a lot, especially when playing under pressure. Besides playing Futsal, Dylan learned Portuguese and lived with a local Brazilian family, which allowed him to learn more about the local culture. We wish all the best to Dylan and his team!!! Source : Football NSW Published : 23/9/2008

Miles Downie playing in the Portuguese National League

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Miles Downie, who has played several times for the Australian Futsal National Team, concluded successfully his third exchange program in Brazil. He stayed with Minas Tênis Clube (One of the best Brazilian National League teams) for two months. His performance with the Futsalroos and also during his exchange program in Belo Horizonte called the attention of some managers. He happened to be offered a trial in Portugal and was offered a contract to play at the Portuguese National League!!! Learning Portuguese was one of the things that helped him to achieve this objective. We wish all the best to Miles in his new challenge!!! Source : Football NSW Published : 23/9/2008

Sutherland Shire Futsal to feature in CCM gala day (NSW)

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It has been confirmed by Football NSW that the Sutherland Shire FA will feature in a 16 team under 10s Central Coast Mariners gala day played outdoors under Futsal regulations. The Sutherland Shire Futsal Association is very pleased to have entered the competition being represented by players from our under 10s Futsal development squad. The starting 5 players are as follows; Matthew Liemich, James Temolovski, Martin Khoury, Thomas Papa and Jarod Dimovski. Other players acting as reserves will be named on the day. Futsal Association President Jonathan Simnett said “these players have all deserved thier selection to represent Sutherland in the CCM gala day, they have all worked very hard in the Futsal coaching clinics and play for us locally in our Thursday night competition”. Jim Apostolovski head of our Futsal high performance division said “each of the listed players have proven themselves worthy of this selection based on merit and thier own effort as a direct result of the successful coaching clinics provided by Sutherland Shire Futsal Association” Participating team are as follows; Rockdale City Suns, St Marys SC, Sutherland Shire Futsal Association, Forest Killarney FC, Easts Junior SC, Londonderry SC, Kellyville Kolts, Kenthurst, Forest Rangers, Condell Park FC, …

Victorian Futsal on TV this Sunday – Updated

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Watch SBS “The World Game” this Sunday between 5 – 6pm (AEST) and look out for this week’s feature story on “Kids FC”. The story will focus on Victorian Futsal and will include snapshots of some of Victoria’s best young Futsal players who are trialing for positions in the Football Federation Victoria state squads competing at the FFA National Futsal Championships in January 2009. Video footage of the story will also be available for download, as of Monday 22nd of September from “The World Game” website and the Football Federation Victoria website. ** Update : Click here to view the Footage on the SBS Website. The story focussed on Victorian Futsal and included snapshots of some of Victoria’s best young Futsal players who are trialing for positions in the Football Federation Victoria state squads competing at the FFA National Futsal Championships in January 2009 ** Source : Football Federation Victoria Published : 20/9/2008

Coast pair picked for futsal cup (QLD)

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Had she gone through another sporting sliding door, Buderim’s Sarah Hasted (pictured) might have been running out on to Stockland Park as part of the women’s rugby league World Cup side later this year. Instead the former junior league player will be flying out on Thursday for the inaugural women’s futsal World Cup in Reus, Spain, with fellow Coast player Sarah Garven of Kawana. Hasted and Garven mirror the achievements of two of the Sunshine Coast Sirens league players that have made the cut for Australia in league. Who knows how far Hasted would have gone had her way in league not been barred once she turned 12. No one seven years ago could see the emergence of women playing full-on contact sport. Hasted’s only option at the time was to turn her sporting talent to outdoor football. She was lured into it by a friend who also talked her into having a crack at the scaled-down indoor version called futsal. She liked the running game, but a twist of fate saw her become a fixture in the goals – at first for her local Coast club and now for her country. Back then Hasted went into the pressure cooker …

10 out of 10 Futsal Clinic at Sutherland (NSW)

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The Sutherland Shire Futsal Association is very pleased to confirm that our second coaching clinic is up a running with limited places remaining. Over the next 10 weeks players of age under 6, 7 and 8’s will train from 10am – 11am on Sunday mornings. Also under 9, 10 and 11’s will train from 11am – 12noon. Experianced players in Futsal of State and National level will train each of the players in specifics of technical and motor skill development. The next 9 weeks will be at Endeavour Sports High School. Players selected for entry into the Sutherland 9s, 10’s and 11’s development squads will train from 12noon – 1pm also at Endeavour Sports High School each of the next 9 weeks in their preparation for entry into the State Futsal Championships. Thanks again to all the parents and players for taking the opportunity to again be a part of the technical development of the Sport within the Sutherland Shire. For more information or to sign up call Jonathan Simnett 0417 042 145 or email president@shirefutsal.com.au Source : Sutherland Shire Futsal By : J Simnett Published : 21/9/2008 

Kurukuru Captain Injured in Warm Up Match

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Solomon Kurukuru played Goias Futsal Club again on Saturday in their final practice game before the Futsal World Cup begins. The score, 3-4 to Goias, was the same result as the teams’ first match-up last Tuesday, but Kurukuru were an improved outfit and will be going into their opening World Cup match against Cuba on Tuesday September 30 with confidence. However, there was some cause for concern late in the second half when Solomon Islands captain, Elliot Ragomo left the court with a knee injury after slipping on a wet patch of the court and landing heavily. The full extent of the injury is undetermined, but the team is confident that Ragomo will regain full fitness later this week. The first half of the match saw Kurukuru play their best Futsal of the tour as they controlled the court and defended with a sound structure that frustrated Goias’ attack. Both sides upped their intensity compared to earlier in the week and the crowd was treated to quality Futsal throughout. No better example of this was Kurukuru’s first goal that featured a passing sequence that began with Francis Lafai passing to Lenson Bisili and then making room for himself in front …