The 2013 FFA Futsal National Championships will bring together some of the best players in the indoor game to grace the courts of the Nations’ Capital, Canberra, as the respective states will go head-to-head in an attempt to be the one left standing at the end of what is a gruelling week of fast-paced, high-octane action with the opening match between ACT and NSW at 3:45pm following the Opening Ceremony this afternoon at 3:00pm.
We shouldn’t forget our match officials in this instance as well with Scott Kidson, a regular attendee at the FFA Futsal National Championships, enjoying an excellent FIFA World Cup. The officials who we will see this week in Canberra are striving to reach the same level as Kidson and put themselves in the frame for potential international honours in later years with the ultimate goal of FIFA World Cup selection a reality.
Futsal is a fast and exciting sport. Played on a Basketball sized court with smaller goals it is, to the uninitiated, like Handball with your feet. It promotes technique, pace and ability over physicality and the long-ball game and had been the breeding ground for many World Class talents. Central Coast Mariners young sensation, and now Socceroo international, Tom Rogic is a graduate of Futsal and joins a pantheon of greats who recognise the part that the small-sided game has played in their development as a player.
Players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are Futsal graduates and learnt their formative skills on a Futsal court. Who knows whether you may see this week a future Futsalroo, Socceroo or World superstar playing at the venues around Canberra? Whatever happens over the next week we can expect goals, skills, tricks and excitement. Each year brings something unique and new talent shining through. Whose turn is it in 2013?