Best of Luck to the two teams representing Sunshine Coast Futsal Association in the Johnny Warren Champions Cup this weekend at Cornubia.
10 Boys – The Strikers
12 Boys – Red Devils
The Johnny Warren Champions Cup is a regional competition which fulfils the second stage of the Football Queensland Futsal Player Pathway. This elite Competition provides players, match and team officials who have been identified as being the best in their local competition the opportunity to showcase and further develop their skills.
This annual event is by invitation only and provides the best club teams from each FFA Futsal Club the chance to compete for the title of “Champion Of Champions”.
To qualify for an invitation your team must meet the following criteria;
- Be registered and competing in an a FFA Futsal Club League.
- Be either currently at the top of your League or have won the grand final in your local club competition.( in the event that this team is unavailable , the next highest ranked team will be permmitted to enter. If in a combined age group the highest genuine aged team in that League eg U/14s league the highest U/13 aged team will be eligable to compete in the U/13 age group for the JW Cup).
- Only one team per age group per club is permitted to enter.
- To satisfy and comply with the competition “rules of the game” will be provided.
Age groups competing are 9s,10s,11s,12s,13s,14s,15s & Open Men’s.
2011 marked the commencement of the Johnny Warrens Futsal Champions Cup which was held on Saturday 10th December at Insports Cornubia. The highest ranked aged club teams from each of the regions from SEQ ‘s many FQ Futsal centres converged on Cornubia for a thrilling day of intense competition.
“The Warren Family are extremely honoured and proud to have Johns name associated with this exciting new initiative for Futsal in Australia and we wish the Queensland Futsal League and Football Queensland every success with the competition,”
Each team are champions within their respective clubs/regions and this day was to see who would be the ultimate winner and take away the Johnny Warrens Champions Cup Trophy.
This year age groups included 10s thru to 14s with the competition looking to expand next year into other age categories including girls. Teams from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Browns Plains to name a few all took stage to challenge for the prestigious trophy.
The event was an enormous success with some incredible skills and talent on display. Stands were packed with hundreds of onlookers present to watch the action with emotions running wild from parents and friends as most of the games were neck and neck with outcomes being decided with literally only seconds to spare.
ABOUT THE JOHNNY WARREN FOUNDATION
Jamie Warren, nephew of our former Socceroo Captain, and deputy Chairman of the Johnny Warren Foundation is delighted with the tournament and its structure; “Johnny Warren ‘discovered’ Futsal on his first trip to Brazil in 1984 and was convinced it was the ‘secret’ behind Brazil’s seemingly never-ending production line of world class and technically adroit players.
Former Socceroo and Chief Executive Officer of the Johnny Warren Foundation, Francis Awaritefe is pleased with the event; “Personally I think an event like this is long overdue and I congratulate Joe Di Meglio and QFL for their foresight and vision in staging such an event”.