Bayside Pirates share a well worded note from the Futsalroos Assistant Coach
Rob Varela takes time out from his busy schedule at the World Cup to send us updates on all the things surrounding Australia at the World Cup, from the heat, to the hair cuts, to the Bangkok traffic, to the friendly internationals, to the hotels and to the overall excitement of a Australia being at the World Cup!
His latest thoughts pertaining to “training tool for football” resonates with the ethos of the Bayside Pirates and others in the Futsal community.
Hello from Bangkok once again:
I was walking back to my room from breakfast this morning and I had to pinch myself as I kept running into some of the greatest Futsal players and coaches ever: world cup winners, and people who have represented their countries with distinction for many years.
“Futsal is a good development tool for football”; next time I hear someone say that I will ask them where they were in November 2012!
“Futsal is a good development tool for football”; next time I hear someone say that I will ask them if they have ever watched a decent game of Futsal!
“Futsal is a good development tool for football”; next time I hear someone say that I will lend them some of my DVD’s of the World Cup and top leagues around the world!
“Futsal is a good development tool for football”; next time I hear someone say that I will tell them about 14 Aussie blokes who are prepared to bleed for their country, who have made untold sacrifices to be in Bangkok in November 2012; I will tell them about all the other players who are not here but who through their efforts have pushed these 14 blokes to be the best they can be!
Yes, I was a football coach once who decided to try “that funny game” as an off season distraction back in the mid 80’s with his football team. I am so glad I did: I have not coached football since…
As I look at this group of 14 blokes, many of whom I coached as very young kids in club sides and state teams, I have to pinch myself because of how far we have come as individuals and as a team.
As I look at this group of 14 blokes I can’t help but think of some of the 10, 11 or 12 year olds running around in the various Premier and Super League teams that could be living this same dream in the future in only they see Futsal as much more than “a development tool for football”, if their Mums and Dads who are prepared to spend thousands of dollars to send their kids to football academies just decided to spend the 300 or 400 dollars a season that it costs to play Futsal!
By the way, the Futsalroos just held a full strength Iran to a nil all draw in our last practice game this afternoon! I don’t have to pinch myself because I know how much work they have put in to achieve these results.