Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup (QLD)

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Logo - Brisbane MagicThe inaugural Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup will be staged on Saturday 23 January 2010 at the Carrara Indoor Sports Centre on the Gold Coast featuring club sides Brisbane Magic Futsal, Gold Coast Futsal and NSW Far North Coast Futsal.

The tri-series event will take place bi-annually at various venues with Gold Coast Futsal chosen to host the first event in 2010. The age groups will vary from under 10 through to open seniors. Patron of Brisbane Magic Futsal, TV personality and former Socceroo Craig Foster was extremely delighted to have his name associated with this prestigious event.

“The importance of Futsal cannot be underestimated in the development of creative young players and in building wonderful technique and understanding.

“I am proud to be associated with this event. Good luck to all who take part in the Craig Foster Challenge Futsal Cup’, Foster said. Brisbane Magic Futsal who continues to set the development benchmark of FFA Futsal in Queensland is delighted with the creation of the event.

“Players are looking to further develop their skills through Futsal, some use it to further develop their outdoor game while some are choosing to pursue Futsal on a more permanent basis”, President of Brisbane Magic Futsal, Joe Di Meglio said.

“We have some quality players at our club and I’m extremely proud to give them a chance to play Futsal at an elite level while assisting in the development of the game in the Gold Coast and NSW Far North Coast”, Di Meglio added.

Gold Coast Futsal, who are experiencing incredible growth in the short 18 months since commencing operations, have praised this event as an important and integral step forward in the development of both junior and senior players.

“We are truly honoured and excited to be responsible with the inaugural hosting of the Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup. I believe this will allow players from all over the region to showcase their talents and skills and demonstrate the enormous benefits and opportunities the game of Futsal has to offer players and the football community at large”, Managing Director of Gold Coast Futsal, Andrew Parkes said.

The NSW Far North Coast Futsal region was only established there weeks prior to the start of the season in October. FutsalFNC covers a wide area of Northern NSW from Lismore to the west, Byron Bay to the north and Lennox Head to the south. The club had a target of 100 players in three weeks; it now has over 200 players.

President Tanya Bond is extremely pleased with the result of the members turning out to play Futsal and excited to be part of an event which is associated with Craig Foster, an old Lismore resident.

“Futsal has been a part of our development for quite some time. Since our recent affiliation to FFA Futsal we have seen our numbers grow within the past two months of operation. We are pleased to be part of the Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup which will provide added development for our players in our region”, Bond added.

The schedule will comprise of the following;

Court 1

10:00 Under 10 – Brisbane Magic Futsal v Gold Coast Futsal
11:00 Under 13 – Brisbane Magic Futsal v Gold Coast Futsal
12:00 Under 10 – NSW Far North Coast Futsal v Brisbane Magic Futsal
13:00 Under 13 – NSW Far North Coast Futsal v Brisbane Magic Futsal
14:00 Under 10 – Gold Coast Futsal v NSW Far North Coast Futsal
15:00 Under 13 – Gold Coast Futsal v NSW Far North Coast Futsal
16:00 Under 10 – Final
17:00 Under 13 – Final

Court 2

10:00 Under 11 – Brisbane Magic Futsal v Gold Coast Futsal
11:00 Under 14 – Brisbane Magic Futsal v Gold Coast Futsal
12:00 Under 11 – NSW Far North Coast Futsal v Brisbane Magic Futsal
13:00 Under 14 – NSW Far North Coast Futsal v Brisbane Magic Futsal
14:00 Under 11 – Gold Coast Futsal v NSW Far North Coast Futsal
15:00 Under 14 – Gold Coast Futsal v NSW Far North Coast Futsal
16:00 Under 11 – Final
17:00 Under 14 – Final

Court 3

10:00 Under 12 – Brisbane Magic Futsal v Gold Coast Futsal
11:00 Open – Brisbane Magic Futsal v Gold Coast Futsal
12:00 Under 12 – NSW Far North Coast Futsal v Brisbane Magic Futsal
13:00 Open – NSW Far North Coast Futsal v Brisbane Magic Futsal
14:00 Under 12 – Gold Coast Futsal v NSW Far North Coast Futsal
15:00 Open – Gold Coast Futsal v NSW Far North Coast Futsal
16:00 Under 12 – Final
1700 Open – Final

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