Rated above France and England for Futsal
That same (43) position was also earned in the last December’s ranking release.
Other top futsal playing countries whose ranking were below Solomon Islands include Turkey, France, Bolivia, Ecuador, Korea Republic, Switzerland and England.
Spain still holds the lead in the ranking ahead of Brazil and followed by Italy.
Russia is at fourth place, Portugal (fifth), Iran (sixth), Argentina (seventh), Ukraine (eighth), Paraguay (ninth) and Japan (10th).
Solomon Islands, in the international futsal arena is known by its national side – Kurukuru.
Kurukuru is the name given to the national futsal side.
After winning last year’s Oceania Qualifiers, they are now awaiting their trip to attend the FIFA Futsal World Cup set to take place in Thailand this year.
As part of preparation for the world cup, a Spanish coach is expected to be in the country this week to assist Kurukuru in the preparation.
The arrival of the Spanish will be a boost to their preparation.
Spain is one of the leading futsal countries in the world and to have one coming from there is very good news to the boys.
His contribution toward Kurukuru preparation will be seen as something of greater significance.
In the meantime, the agreement to have technical assistance which includes coaching from Spain was sealed during the latter part of last year.
The arrangements were done through OFC technical director Patrick Jacquemet who visited Spain for talks with the Spanish Football Association last year.
Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between OFC and the Spanish football body, the Spanish FA has agreed to support the confederation in a variety of areas, including implementing an exchange programme for players, teams and officials, assisting with World Cup preparations, supporting OFC in its social responsibility projects, securing media rights for major competitions and numerous other initiatives.
And further according to the MOU, one of the main points surrounded the development of futsal in Oceania and an outcome of those talks will soon be put into place.
“We have agreed that a coach from the Spanish FA will come to the Solomon Islands, either in November or at the start of next year, to assist in the national side’s preparations for the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup,” Jacquemet says.
“This will be a big boost as Spain has a world-class futsal team and great resources.”
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