A report from Kay Emmay on Futsal with Football NSW
Long suffering Futsal players, frustrated with the continuing divisions within the sport, appear to be throwing their support behind the official body, Football NSW, as the preferred provider of the sport in this state.
Official registration numbers continue their steady growth as new clubs and centres come on board.
The continued growth in registrations is not only a result of the professionalism that FNSW has brought to the administration of the sport, but also the strength of their elite competitions. Qualities that are eagerly sought by new and established futsal clubs and something their competitors can not offer.
The FNSW Futsal Premier League, now in its 5th season, has gone from strength to strength and is now considered the best futsal league in Australia for both males & females. This along with another extremely successful State Championships has reinforced FNSW position as the leading futsal organization in this state.
With independent operators unable to provide either of these services it is not surprising that they are struggling to retain members.
Queensland based Vikings Futsal, once the second largest futsal provider in NSW, has been the biggest loser with registrations generally dropping across the board. That, and the PCYC’s decision to re-align its futsal operations with FNSW has reduced the number of Sydney based clubs and centres to just three.
No such concerns for FNSW though as official futsal numbers continue to grow.
With twenty one Premier League clubs stretching from Wollongong & Canberra in the south, north to Hornsby and the northern beaches and Katoomba in the west. Local players are never far from a venue either with local clubs spread across the entire metropolitan area.
As more clubs and associations realize futsals potential, and join the family, the sport will continue to expand into new regions, assuring the future remains bright for futsal in NSW.