Trying to make it more competitive by allowing only one team per age category per federation.
Following consultation between the FFA and its member federations FFA has announced that the forthcoming Futsal National Championships will be streamlined to create a more competitive tournament with each member Federation being invited to enter one team per age category. Special consideration will be given to regional Federations such as Western NSW, Southern NSW etc to participate.
Please note that the FFA have also combined the girls age groups for 2013 onwards into double age groups, hence there is no longer a separate age group for U11, U13 and U15 girls. Players who are 10 and 11 can trial for the under 11s; those aged 12, 13 and 14 can trial for the under 14s; whilst players aged 14, 15 and 16 can trial for the under 15s. This was due to low numbers and a lack of adequate depth in many Federations, preventing them from fielding a team in these age groups. These changes are therefore designed to ensure more Federations are able to enter teams in all age groups, improving the competition for everyone.
Under these new directions Capital Football, along with other Member Federations, will subsequently be allowed to enter ONE team in the following age groups with the cut-off date being 31 December 2012:
• Open Men and Open Women
• Youth Men and Youth Women
• Under-16 Boys and Under-16 Girls
• Under-15 Boys
• Under-14 Boys and Under-14 Girls
• Under-13 Boys
• Under-12 Boys and Under-12 Girls
The changes bring the FFA Futsal Championships in line with the FFA Junior and Youth Football Championships making a more comprehensive Talent Identification process at the elite level. The rationale for the changes also means that each Federation will enjoy a wider-selection of fixtures against different teams. This will give the tournament a truly national feel at all levels and help to grow the game within those Federations where Futsal is still in a relatively fledgling state compared to the ACT, NSW and developing areas such as Victoria and Queensland (outside the Vikings structure).
Selection for the Capital Football representative teams will take place via trials apart from Open men and Open women squads which will be selected via performances in the CF Futsal Premier League. The trials for the 2012/13 program will take place on 14th and 21st of October. For the full list of age groups that will be trialling when and where, please click here.
To register your child for the trials, please fill out the online registration form.
PROGRAM DATES 2012/13
State Squad Talent ID Trials at ANU Sports Hall
State Squad Talent ID Trials at mPowerdome, Fadden
Train on Squads Announced on the Capital Football Website
October 28 – November 25
Pre-Futsal High Performance Training Program
(1 x per week Sundays)
ACT National Championship Squads Announced
December 2 – January 6
Pre-Tournament Training Program
(2 x per week Sunday and Midweek)
January 7 – 11
FFA Futsal National Championships