Marrickville’s indoor revolution (NSW)

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Inner West Courier

Sydney Futsal Club's Hussein Akil (left) and Costa D'Addona (right).

Sydney Futsal Club's Hussein Akil (left) and Costa D'Addona (right).

Top level indoor soccer is coming to Marrickville after a new club was accepted into the state indoor soccer league this month.

Sydney Futsal Club will play out of Marrickville PCYC and is one of three new boys in the NSW Futsal Super League, the second-tier division that will kick off in September.

The centre on Illawarra Rd is already a hub for indoor soccer, known officially as futsal, having recently hosted the schools regional championships.

Now it will welcome teams from across Sydney.

According to Sydney Futsal Club manager Lorenzo D’Addona, the new club will be the only one in the top level leagues that truly represents the Inner West.

There are clubs based out of Tempe and Bankstown in the two divisions of the state’s futsal competition, while the Inner West Magic actually plays out of Riverwood.

“We’ve all been involved with futsal in other clubs so this is just another challenge – to start a club locally,” he said.”

The club is now embarking on a recruitment drive, with an aim to have at least 90 players in nine men’s, women’s and junior teams.

“Obviously we have work to do to go out into the community,” D’Addona said.

The club will be holding trials at the Marrickville PCYC on July 2-23.

Details: sydneyfutsalclub.com

INDOOR FRENZY

  • Futsal is the official indoor form of soccer
  • It is an abbreviation of `futebol de salao’ in Portuguese or `futbol sala’ in Spanish, meaning `hall football’
  • The game is played in two 20-min halves with five players on each team
  • The field is similar in size to a basketball court

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