Emily Kos gets a real kick out of her sport.
Kos, 12, is representing NSW at the Futsal State Titles in Canberra after only three years playing the indoor game.
Kos took up futsal as a way to keep occupied and fit in the soccer off-season – a sport she has played for nine years.
She will back up her second state appearance with a state appearance in the outdoor game in May.
She has also been earmarked as a potential future Matilda – the Australian women’s soccer team.
Kos said she was inspired to play after watching her cousin play.
“I know I’m good at soocer but I love it because it is a team sport,” she said.
“I love the excitement of it.”
Kos’ fortunes were given a boost a few years back after she received guidance from Sydney FC’s Terry McFlynn and being befriended by Matilda and 2007 Rouse Hill Times Junior Sport Star Kyah Simon.
Kos has been selected as part of Football NSW’s Project 22 – an elite player development system aimed at producing future Socceroos and Matildas who will potentially compete at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“I have to log in every day on the computer and report on my eating and sleeping habits and work to a fitness plan,” she said.
This involves arm mechanics, ball control, strength exercises and two 20-minute run programs a week.