This week over 1500 Futsal Fanatics have invaded Sydney to compete at the Australian Futsal Association’s National Futsal Titles.
The National Titles are a relished opportunity for young and passionate players to participate in an elite competition that is aimed at developing Australia’s future Futsal players.
Australian World Cup player Caitlin Jarvie officially opened the titles. During the opening ceremony Jarvie reminisced stating that her time as a National player drove her to achieve her ultimate goal which was to represent Australia.
“It was not too long ago that I was like many of the young players competing at this tournament. It was competitions like these that fuelled my passion and drove me to take every Futsal opportunity I could” Jarvie said.
Master of Ceremonies, Ian Chick set the mood for the titles stating that it was an honour to bring together Futsal supporters from all over Australia and New Zealand to compete.
“It is a privilege to bring together thousands of people who will this week enjoy Sydney’s hospitality and fierce competition”.
The adorable Angelina Badrov, an eight year old from Penrith’s Gemstar Academy of Voice and Music, concluded the ceremony by singing the national anthem. Badrov although nervous sung beautifully, by the end of her performance players and supporters were inspired and ready to take on the competition.
NSW under 10’s player and flag bearer Jack Knowles beamed with pride during the ceremonies player parade. Despite being the youngest player representing NSW, Knowles is feeling confident and excited.
“I am excited to play; Even though we lost our first game I think my team will make it to the top three.
“My job is to defend; I think I will help my team make the finals by setting up lots of goals.” Knowles said.
“I am very excited to be at Nationals, Futsal is very fun and at Nationals I get to meet lots of people from all over the world.” Knowles said.
With a record500 players competing, the Titles are set to be fierce. Players will fight through three days of gruelling competition in the hopes of making finals day. All Star teams will be selected to represent Australia in Spain, China, USA, Spain, Brazil and the U.K. However, the cherry on top of AFA’s fantastic week of Futsal is sure to be the Women’s exhibition match. On Wednesday the Australian Women’s team will verse an All Star under 16’s National squad. The game will be a fantastic opportunity for players to witness what the future may hold for them.