FFA reminds their member states that AFA ‘National Teams’ are not actually recognised national teams.
Click here for the official PDF version of the FFA Memo. We have included the text seperately below.
8 January 2013
Dear Member Federation CEOs,
The Australian Futsal Association
On behalf of Football Federation of Australia (FFA), I advise that Australian Futsal Ltd of 1391 Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge QLD 4110 (AFA) t/as Australian Futsal Association is unaffiliated to Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FFA.
As you may be aware, AFA is a commercial enterprise operating in Australia that runs its own futsal tournaments that are not sanctioned by FFA and organises, promotes and administers its own futsal teams that it designates as ‘National Teams’, which travel internationally to play under the AFA’s designation as an ‘Australian Teams’. These teams designated by AFA as ‘Australian Teams’ are not recognised as official Australian representative national teams by FIFA, AFC or FFA.
As you would be aware, FFA is the only Member Association in Australia recognised by and affiliated to FIFA and the AFC. As the recognised Association in Australia, FFA conducts the National Futsal Championships (NFC) in Australia involving over 1,000 registered futsal players. Only players registered with FFA, and playing in affiliated FFA associations and clubs, can represent their respective Member Federation at the NFC.
FFA also oversees a national men’s Futsal team (the Futsalroos) that competes in, amongst others, the AFC Asian Futsal Championships and FIFA futsal tournaments. The Futsalroos recently competed in the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand.
Further, FFA administers a national futsal player pathway via its affiliated associations and sanctioned futsal competitions, including the Hummel F-League. Additionally, FFA provides futsal refereeing and coaching courses. For example, futsal competitions are encouraged to use appropriately qualified referees who have completed the FFA Level 1 Futsal refereeing course as a minimum. Only referees with these qualifications can officiate at FFA, AFC and FIFA events. No other ‘qualifications’ are recognised by FFA, AFC or FIFA. FFA’s futsal coach education programme includes the local delivery of AFC and FIFA courses and FFA’s Member Federations are the only bodies permitted to deliver these FFA accredited coaching courses. Currently, a Futsal Coaching certificate and Licence course (community pathway) is available to undertake and coaches may also apply to participate in a Level 1 or 2 AFC Futsal Coaching license (advanced pathway).
We request our Member Federations to advise their members that the futsal pathway provided by FFA and its affiliated associations is the only FIFA and AFC affiliated futsal pathway in Australia.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
Head of Game Development
Football Federation Australia
Tel: + 61 2 8020 4060
Fax: + 61 2 8020 4100
Email: [email protected]