The chance of a lifetime.
Danyon Lyall, of Latrobe, travels to the UK in April next year as part of the Australian under-14 boys’ futsal team.
The 13-year-old goalkeeper was selected in the 10-man squad following his impressive form for Tasmania at the recent national schools futsal championships in Sydney.
Although his state didn’t fair so well at the indoor soccer tournament, Lyall starred in goals to earn a national guernsey.
Lyall said he never thought he’d make the side, which made his selection all the more enjoyable.
“I’m very excited,” Lyall said.
“To play for Australia is a dream I’ve always had.
“It’s a big opportunity – I’ve never been overseas before – and it doesn’t happen to very many people.”
Lyall and his Aussie teammates are on tour in the UK for two and a half weeks after touching down on April 10.
The trip includes matches against England’s premier futsal clubs, tours of EPL clubs Manchester United and Chelsea and trainings conducted by staff coaches from Everton and Manchester City.
Lyall, who is an Everton supporter, can’t believe his luck.
“To get to train with coaches from Everton will be amazing,” he said.
Lyall was quick to thank his mum for sparking his interest in the sport three years ago.
“It was being played at East Devonport and mum told me to give it a go,” he said.
“I initially thought I wouldn’t like it because the ball didn’t bounce that much.
“I ended up having a go and now I love it.
“I like the speed of the game, and when you pull off a good save, it’s an awesome feeling.”