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Futsal Rant will follow up stories from Tasmania to Townsville and bring you as much information as possible. Futsal Rant mails to all leading Futsal websites & Football Federation Futsal departments.
Futsal is one of the fastest growing court sports in the world, huge in Brazil, Spain & Italy,it has plenty of room to grow & improve in Australia. But why hasn’t it? Nationwide Futsal Reviews never made open to the public! Football federation CEO’s coming out and likening Futsal to an online shop in a way of meeting strategic plan revenue goals . The division among futsal fans in Australia evident on F4A hasnt helped either!
Football Federations collecting registration fees nationwide and simply providing ‘insurance’ is ridiculous. The Football Fed’s fees are killing the sport and allowing external futsal organizations like Vikings to survive & thrive. Why would a league want to affiliate with a federation when they get ZERO in return. Not to mention charging senior men $1000+, no wonder QLD / W.A and now S.A can’t field a team at Nationals! If football is willing to rake in Futsal registration fees then its about time they started giving back more then one member Futsal departments. Lets have a national championships with every state involved.
FUTSAL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA
Futsal may come under ‘Football’ conveniently in the FFA statute, but to grow and expand as a sport in its own right, Futsal will need people with Futsal’s interest at heart to lead the sport, a Futsal Federation if you like. I imagine it would have to report to FFA on financials/projects, however it could design its own strategic plan and conduct its own open & transparent reviews. NSW/ACT already have departments set up but TAS, VIC, S.A, QLD, N.T & W.A all need there own. These members would need to collectively meet and look at plans and projects to improve the sport. Firstly improving refereeing & coaching education, then moving towards helping clubs etc. This has to happen sooner rather then later. The Futsal Federation would need to support the mens national team and create national teams for our junior players too. They could also overlook the ‘F-League’ and assist clubs who wish to participate. Its all hypothetical but I imagine inevitable if we want futsal to be more then a two-state parade.
FUTSAL 40 WEEKS OF THE YEAR
The futsal purists talk of futsal as a sport in its own right, if this is the case then don’t just play it in the football off season. Build leagues for players that want to play competitively all the time. If your best ‘futsal’ players are choosing football for $200-$400 a week then so be it, Develop those that want to play futsal because they are the future of the game. Hopefully in the future a well branded Aus Futsal League could have three to four sponsors get involved and pay our best futsal players, and not rip off junior players with excessive fees to pay the senior prima donna’s like football does. Futsal will get to a point where football players cant pick and choose when they want to play futsal because you will have X amount of good futsal players keeping them on the outer. Later down the track this could be achievable if each federation had its own 3,000 seater purpose built futsal stadium.
STOP CLOCKS, BIG COURTS, INTERCHANGE BIBS, SKINS, BALLS
Federations & Futsal members are worried about stop clocks, subs wearing numbered bibs and players wearing the wrong color skins. court sizes etc It would be great to be AFC compliant but lets experience a little more growth first. Lets prioritize our problems like Junior Participation across the board, Improving our state leagues, getting all federations to field at least one team at our national championships, supporting our mens national team, supporting attempts at a futsal national league, supporting clubs and each other, recruiting passionate people to our sport. Lets improve Futsal across Australia and stop wasting our time discussing rediculous regulations that will most likely change anyway!
Thats it for this weeks rant, next week we cover the best futsal ball, the best futsal player in AUS & more!
Edition 1 : “FFA Nationals”, “Football Means Futsal” and “Football Federations”
Edition 2 : “Futsal Federation Australia”, “Futsal 40 Weeks of the Year” and “Stop Clocks, Big Courts, Interchange Bibs, Skins, Balls”
Edition 3 : “South Australia”, “Vikings Futsal” and “Womens Futsal”
Edition 4 : FFA Nationals, Tasmania, Vikings, WA and NSW
Edition 5 : FFA Nationals