The Football Governing body of Western Australia, Football West, ran it’s very first complete Futsal season from October to December in 2012 and it was deemed a great success.
In order to help promote the sport of Futsal in WA, El Abrahams, encouraged teams from the WA State Futsal League to enter. Four teams from an eight team SFL competition entered the Football West Futsal League. The other six teams in the Football West competition were new or players from established Outdoor Soccer clubs, looking for a new challenge.
The two most well known and successful teams in the SFL, Fremantle Muita Calma and The Scarborough Samba Boys, dominated the league and as expected were both in the Semi Final Playoffs. Unfortunately they met in the Semi Final as both teams had played one less game than the other teams, due to a team pulling out of the competition after suffering some embarrassing defeats early on in the competition. The two sides accepted the misfortune of the draw and played each other in a game which concluded 4-2 to Fremantle Muita Calma. A tough game for both, but the Samba Boys lack of depth proved to be their downfall.
The Grand Final was then set up as a battle between an Outdoor Soccer team of players versus an established Futsal team. The most successful Futsal Club in Western Australia, Fremantle Muita Calma. Their opponent, Victorious Secret, a team of talented State League Soccer players who expected to just storm through the competition and walk away with the $600 cash prize and the $400 Kelme Sports voucher that Football West had put on offer for the winners. They were very surprised that there were teams in WA that dedicated themselves to Futsal, playing and training the game all year round.
The game was never really close and the fact that Muita Calma were without many of their star players meant that it was never going to be a blow out with goals, but more with the amount of possession they had or should we say didn’t allow their opposition to have. The goals did come and as expected all three came from the goalscoring machine, Diego Garcia.
The final score was 3-1 to Fremantle Muita Calma which also meant a huge win for Futsal in WA. The performance of the Fremantle side made all the Soccer purists sit up and take notice. They showed what Futsal was all about and that it is here to stay. Players are also being made aware of the many opportunities the sport has to offer them and it will only be a matter of time before we see the true extent of the game.
Fremantle Muita Calma 3
Victorious Secret 1
As well as starting the Futsal League in WA, Football West also helped to subsidise the State Futsal Team which will be competing at the FFA Futsal Nationals in Canberra from January the 7th. Fremantle Muita Calma will have 5 players representing Western Australia, as well as the coach. The WA State Futsal League wishes all the players and coach the best of luck and look forward to WA finally getting some Australian Futsal recognition.
Luke Tidy (C)
Ciro Rinaldi Cellulari
Raffaele Capasso (Coach)