A Yugar teenager is about to receive an education in futsal at one of the hot spots for the round ball sport.
Oliver Bailye is set to spend three weeks playing in Brazil, where football legends Pele, Zico, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho developed their skills in the abridged form of the game.
The Vikings Australia tour will see Bailye and his teammates represent their country at the international home of futsal, as well as attending elite training camps.
“We head over there for around three weeks, to do both touristy things and play a lot of futsal and outdoor (football) as well,” Bailye said.
The 16-year-old was named in the 10-player development squad after impressing selectors at the Australian Futsal Championships, his first national titles, in Sydney last summer.
“It was such a shock,” said Bailye, who departs for South America on 19 November.
“I don’t think it will completely sink in until I’m on the plane.”
“It will be the first time I’ve met most of the team. Because it’s a variety of guys from across the board it’s hard to get training sessions all together, so they (the coaches) just said to keep on playing and practicing before we leave.”
Bailye, who plays outdoor soccer for the Samford Rangers, said he expected to be awestruck by the level of skill on show during his first overseas sporting trip.
“I’ve heard some pretty crazy things about it from people that have been on past tours,” the Samford Valley Steiner School student said.
“They said that the talent over there is absolutely amazing. I’ll probably spend the games just watching how good they are.”
“From what I’ve heard I think that we’re going to have a hard time beating a lot of the teams because it’s the main sport over there.
“It’s not like they’ve got AFL and rugby and basketball that seems to be in front of futsal in Australia. It’s their national game and they just play it everywhere. It’s going to such a good experience.”
This month Vikings Futsal is also sending development teams for different age groups to China, New Zealand and the USA.