The biggest Futsal tournament in Australia, the FFA National Futsal Championships attracts over 2,000 participants from across Australia and New Zealand as well as the Solomon Islands.
This year’s senior men’s competitors will have an extra incentive to impress with Futsalroos Head Coach Steve Knight observing the tournament before selecting his squad for the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifiers in February.
Football Federation Victoria is determined to provide the right platform for Futsal’s ongoing development. Our efforts in this direction are further enhanced with our commitment of 14 state teams to the 2012 Championships.
FFV Talented Player Partnership Manager Anthony Grima, who will be attending his 17th National Futsal Championships, said that Victorian sides will be looking to build on their one finals win and four runner’s up awards across the 17 competitions at last year’s Championships.
“We were very unfortunate to lose on penalties in the Open Men Grand Final last year as well as losing three other finals,” he said.
“It was devastating for many however it showed the other states how far Victoria has come in a short space of time both on and off the court.”
This is the first time that the Melbourne Futsal League and the Club Futsal Championships have been used as the official pathway for talented Futsal players.
“The Melbourne Futsal League provides players, coaches and referees with the opportunity to perform competitively week-in, week-out and focus on Futsal specific tactics and methodology for almost twelve months of the year,” said Mr Grima.
“The Club Futsal Championships also enables regional players to have better access to the state Futsal program in a more competitive setup and to minimise the amount of travel to Melbourne for trials as per previous years.”
You can follow all of the FFA National Futsal Championship action on the Futsal Nationals website as well as liking the FFV Futsal Facebook page and reading our daily wrap ups on the FFV homepage giving you some insight as to how the Victorian teams are faring.