AFA Tour Costs – Interesting comments from a recent article

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We’ve decided to highlight a comment thread one of the recent news posts as it sheds a bit of light on some of the touring costs for teams travelling overseas.

For a long time now on F4A, readers have questioned some of the touring costs that come along with being selected for an AFA touring squad.

You can read the whole discussion here. We have chosen some of the key comments to show them below.

5/2/2014 : fullcourtpress

With all do respect to these innocent players above and all other players in numerous articles flooding futsal4all in relation to this topic.

But is it is safe to assume that every second child that attended the AFA Futsal Nationals has received the all prestigious “Congratulations you have been selected to represent AUSTRALIA!” email but you will need to hand over Mum and Dad’s hard earned salary and you wont meet all of your fellow teammates until you get to the airport departure gate. Also, no training for your Australian team in preparation for your tour. Who would train as a team if you were representing your country right?

So much money is being made by these independent organisations but so little is put back in. Non-for-profit my arse, player development my arse.

Just as bad, or if not worse than the federations. At least we know they don’t care about Futsal. You guys act like you do but its only to make the big $$$$ from the players who self fund everything

6/2/2014 : Futsaldad

The Whitsunday’s team lost 16-0, 14-0, 4-0 and 4-0 at the AFA Nationals. Their sole win was 3-1 against Country Victoria. Yet the Whitsunday’s team had 4 players selection for the Australian team?

12/2/2014 : falcao

Full Court Press obviously has little to no idea about how the selection processes work or the purpose of these tours.

The tours are representing Australia, they are not Australian teams and this is clearly set out to all invited.

Also so little put back in……………. Really? You really do not know too much about the system and just stick to throwing your uninformed daggers from a far

13/2/2013 : fullcourtpress

Falcao,

Please enlighten me and educate my pea sized brain on the selection process.

Because is it not true AFA have emailed a senior men’s player for Australian squad selection however this individual is not even an Australian resident let alone citizen?

The emails/letters must not be very clear if every person that receives the email/letter believes they have been selected to represent Australia on a tour to the listed destination.

I’m pretty sure they read along the lines of…..

“Congratulations on your performance at the 2013 National School Futsal Championships. A selector noticed your high standards of play and as a result you have been selected to be apart of the Australian Futsal team to tour (insert tour destination) in 2014? (This is the letter school players received)

another example

“Congratulations on your outstanding performance at the 2012 Futsal Australasian Champions of Champions. Your wonderful display at the tournament was duly recognised by the International Selection Panel and it now my pleasure to invite you to be a representative of Australian Futsal Team 15/16 Boys Futsal Team tour of Brazil 2013?

and two more recent ones just in case you try to justify that the way things run have changed:

‘United Kingdom “Tour of a Lifetime” Futsal Tour October 9th – October 28th 2014?

“Congratulations on your outstanding performance at the 2014 National Futsal Championships. Your wonderful display at the tournament was duly recognised by the International Selection Panel and it is my pleasure to invite you to be apart of the Australian Futsal team to tour UK.”

EMAIL

“Congratulations (insert name),

I am very pleased to inform you that you have been selected in the Australian 13 Boy’s Futsal Team. Your performance at the National Futsal Championships was exceptional and you are being offered a position on the team, to travel to Barcelona in 2014

For your tour invitation and further details – Click here

To accept and secure your position – Click here

Now if you kindly click this link http://www.mycause.com.au/page/66632 you will see the details of how much these Australian team tours are costing and what they briefly entail and what you get for your $7,500…

I know for a fact that a Melbourne club toured Spain for just over half that cost and were exposed to one of the top Spanish clubs in the LNFS for $3,900. That cost was for return airfares and transfers, 2 weeks accommodation in a 4 star facility including meals and they played ElPozo Murcia and other teams. This cost was not subsidised by fundraising or sponsorship. However players were able to lower the $3,900 price tag by individual fundraising.

Another club from the ACT has toured to Spain independently and exposed their players to similar kinds of experiences and clubs for a similar cost. Interesting how a $7,500 figure gets plucked from the sky

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