A writeup from Far North Coast NSW Futsal on how their teams went at the NSW State Titles
In the lead up to the Football NSW Futsal State titles in Sydney last week, 40 of the most talented junior Futsal (indoor soccer) players on the far north coast have been in intense training. They have had the thrill of their life over the last 2 months being coached and mentored weekly by arguably the best coach and some of the very best men’s Futsal players in Australia at the moment.
Far North Coast director of coaching “Vinnie” Vinicius Leite was the Brazilian National U13’s coach until coming to Australia this year. 30 million people play Futsal worldwide and in Brazil it is a huge sport. Vinnie was also a professional Futsal player and has played for National League teams like Minas and Athletico Mineiro in huge stadiums.
Vinnie has been using the same training methods here as he used as Brazilian national coach. He has also been teaching our regional team coaches his methods. On several special mentor coaching days Vinnie had help from his mates in the FNC regional men’s team and our young players had a great time watching & learning ball skills and tricks from the superstars.
The men’s FNC team has also been training & playing plenty of exhibition games against local Futsal and Football teams to promote the game and showcase their skills to the kids. They have been winning new fans and getting valuable game time before the State Titles.
Our local junior representative teams caused a whirlwind of interest in Sydney last week at the first Football NSW Futsal state titles for the newly formed FNC regional body. Teams from the10’s through to U15’s achieved great results and gained valuable experience. However it was the FNC men’s team that had the whole Futsal community talking and drawing big crowds to watch their amazing skills and beautiful playing style.
Our local 10 man FNC regional squad is coached by Brazilian Felipe Amorim, and has a real international flavor with Italian Gianni Romano, seven Brazilians – Vinicius Leite, Rocky Kanaan, Fabio Fraga, Igor Sao Jose, Vitor Reis, Bruno Rodello, Gabriel Arrunda, and Australian teenagers Roman Hoffman and Tim Knight
In their free time between games the men’s team supported the junior teams. The caused a stir and excited the crowds singing Brazilian Samba songs, chanting, blowing vuvuzelas and playing a tambourine drum. It was like 2 days of fun filled Brazilian Carnival with a passion never seen before.
After 3 solid wins on the first day of the tournament the FNC men were at the top of the table undefeated. However tongues were wagging even more on Sunday morning when they destroyed Sydney Premier League team Quake with four Australian Futsalroo players in it. However the two semi final games were closer. With great skill & determination FNC won both games and a place into the grand final late in the evening against the very talented Sydney Inner West All-stars.
Only 5 minutes into the final flamboyant FNC goalkeeper Fabio was controversially sent off. The FNC men were in shock at the decision and with fatigue setting in, the tourists found it difficult to get into their usual rhythm. At the final whistle the Sydney All-stars had won. However the Silver runners up medals were a fantastic and unexpected end result for the men at their first NSW state titles. The unforgettable carnival atmosphere continued well into the night with all the men and kids singing Samba songs and cheering together on the bus coming back home.