Winter State League Round 6 Review

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Winter State league heads into the month of June with round six being played and it was an action pack night of Futsal with a number of entertaining games giving the spectators in attendance some quality Futsal. Match of the night in the women’s lived up to its billing as the only two remaining undefeated sides Liverpool Fusion and Sydney Tragic as they battle to keep their unbeaten runs alive and neither side was prepared to give an inch. The match started at a nice tempo a steadily built throughout the opening period. Both sides were moving the ball around the court nicely however magic enjoyed a large bulk of the possession. Tragic went into half time with a two-nil cushion. The second half both sides were fired up but it was some fine keeping by Michelle Dingwall that kept her side in the contest. Tragic were the first to score when Dingwall save the first shot and was unlucky as the ball rebounded to the feet of one of the Tragic and she fired it home. The game was beyond doubt as the Tragic were finishing the stronger and led by Natalie Spirovski they pressed for a fourth and …

West City Crusaders Expression of interest

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Expression of interest for Coaches and Managers for the 2008/09 Futsal Premier League SeasonWest City Crusaders Futsal Club is calling for expression of interest for coaches and managers for the up coming 2008/09 Futsal Premier League season. West City Crusaders Futsal Club anticipates selecting teams in the following age groups and genders: Boys: 12, 14, 16, Youth Men (19 years) and Open Men. Girls: 13, 16 years and Open Women. We are asking for nominations for these positions of Coach or Manager. If you are interested in any of these positions, Please Fax your application to: 02-9834-6675 Or Email To: westcity@westcitycrusaders.com.au Applications close June 27th 2008. Please be aware that you will be required to participate in the selection process of a number of squads. Trials will be held in July 2008 to finalize the representative squads in all age groups. All Premier League Coaches must hold a minimum Level One Futsal Coaching Accreditation. For any further enquiries, you can contact our Director of Coaching Rob Hill on 0416161150 or Club President Warren Ladd on 0421910413. Source : Football NSW Published : 2/6/2008

2008 Gold Coast School Futsal Cup

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On Saturday 16th August at Beenleigh Area -Milne Rd Ages- 15 &19 Boys, 15 & 19 girls $140 Per Team Entered All Schools Eligible Entries Close Friday 2nd August Click Here For Flyer Click Here For Entry Form Click here For Nomination Form FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES AND PAYMENTS PLEASE CONTACT TERRI DELESLIE PH: (07) 3875 2600 FAX: (07) 3275 3099 EMAIL: t.deleslie@qldfutsal.com.au Source : Vikings Futsal Published : 2/6/2008

Are you good enough to play Super League?

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The Sutherland Shire Futsal Association will enter the 2008 – 2009 Football NSW Futsal Super League. The Sutherland Shire will be represented by the following age groups; under 12 boys, under 13 girls, under 14 boys, under 16 girls, under 16 boys, youth men, all age men and women. Trail dates, times and locations will be announced soon. For more information please call Jonathan Simnett 0417 042 145 or email secretary@shirefutsal.com.au Source : Sutherland Shire Futsal Association By : J Simnett Published : 2/6/2008

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Lamberton laps up experience of a lifetime

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IN Brazil, Gladstone futsal star Sophie Lamberton was treated like a superstar and understandably, the 17 year old was reluctant to return home when she did. Lamberton arrived home in Gladstone after spending three and a half weeks in Brazil, on tour with the Under-19 Australian Girls’ Futsal team – an experience of a lifetime for the talented athlete. “After the games, we were treated like a superstar with kids running up to us to get an autograph,” she said. “I wanted to stay for a year and play professionally for a club there.” While on tour, Lamberton said she was approached by various people suggesting she make the move to play club futsal in Brazil. But the Gladstone State High student in her final year of school said this year is out of the question, although next year it could be an option for her. With the Australian team scattered around the country, they had not trained together prior to their Brazil trip. The first week of the tour was spent training twice a day under the guidance of Brazilian coaches, something that had been highly beneficial, she said. In between training sessions, the girls played matches against various …

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Indiana State announces two additional women’s soccer signees

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TERRE HAUTE – Although the 2008 Indiana State soccer team has already added 14 recruits to their roster for the upcoming season, coach Vernon Croft announced the addition of two more players to finalize the total roster to 16. Seyma Erenli and Claire Gibbons, both sophomores, round out Croft’s largest recruiting class since his arrival in 1999. “Over the spring we have tried to create an environment of competitiveness for positions and with the last two to join our team we have succeeded in that,” said Croft. “Seyma and Claire both come from environments where soccer is a premier sport and the addition of them will certainly continue the passionate level our players have for soccer.” Erenli is the second recruit who hails from Australia that will join the Sycamores in the fall. She has played club soccer with the Ashburton Women’s Soccer Club for five years under coach Chris Mikail. She has also been in the Victorian Women’s Premier League for four years which is the highest level of competition in the state. She has represented Victoria in four separate national tournaments. In addition, she is a part of the Australian National Futsal Team who will be competing in …

The Brazilian Model Exposed

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FOUR FOUR TWO EXCLUSIVE: Brazilian coach Mauricio Marquez told the FFA’s coaching conference in Sydney that Brazil does not have a formal coaching structure or organised football until U13 level. Here is some of what Marquez, a consultant for the Brazilian Football School (CBF), Atletico Miniero and a former Brazil Futsal coach, said in his keynote presentation today. “It’s important to respect differences. It’s a great strategy that FFA is using in this conference of getting what is good in each country and then developing the Australian way. “We’re not here to copy the Brazilian way, the German way, the Dutch way, we’re here to build up the Australian way. And I think that’s something we have to keep in mind. “You have your culture, you have your history and on top of that you have to develop your game. So you have to bear that in mind when you’re exchanging ideas about football. “Let me explain just a little about the system in Brazil. Usually a coach starts working, or coaching, in the schools. Then they coach futsal, followed by football with an academy or local club and then they go into the youth teams of professional clubs. That’s …

Vikings : Coomera River Cup

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For the second time this month, the Vikings Coomera River Cup has been decided on goal difference, highlighting how competitive this Gold Coast competition is becoming. Last Thursday, May 22ND saw the seventh event of 2008’s “Vikings Coomera River School Cup”, this time staged at UCSC for the 14 Girls division. The games were hotly contested with ST ANDREWS, ROBINA SHS, UPPER COOMERA STATE COLLEGE and ASSISI COLLEGE all showing at various times the fruits of their Futsal programs. There were 37 goals scored in the six games played with ROBINA SHS finishing champions for the afternoon. Thank you to all players, coaches and officials for a wonderful evening of Futsal. FINAL RESULTS : 14 GIRLS : MAY 22ND, 2008: ROBINA SHS 2 DEFEATED UCSC 0 ROBINA SHS 6 DEFEATED ASSISI 0 ST ANDREWS 9 DEFEATED ASSISI 0 ROBINA 5 DEFEATED ST ANDREWS 1 ASSISI 3 DREW WITH UCSC 3 ST ANDREWS 7 DEFEATED UCSC 1 ——————— PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT RESULTS: 2008: 14 GIRLS WINNERS (MAY 2008) : ROBINA SHS 14 BOYS WINNERS (MAY 2008) : ASSISI COLLEGE / UCSC 16 BOYS WINNERS (MAY 2008) : ROBINA SHS 15 GIRLS WINNERS (APRIL 2008) : ROBINA SHS OPEN BOYS WINNERS (APRIL 2008) …

Winter State League Round 5 Review

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Round five of the Winter State took place last night at The Olympic Sports Halls at Homebush. Mens… Sydney Benfica continued their winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Inner West Allstars this still Benfica remain undefeated and sit pretty at the top of the ladder. Inner West Allstars are currently sitting 9th on the ladder. Dural Warriors are in 2nd after a 9-1 thumping of Shire Futsal. The Dural outfit has been scoring goals for fun at the minute and defensively is very well organized and hard to break down. Shire Futsal remains in 12th position. Sydney City Eagles had a fine 3-1 win over Northern Beaches, this leaves the eagles in 3rd position on the ladder and Northern Beaches remain in 6th position. Campbelltown Quake had a 2-0 victory over Parramatta Blues. Quake are currently sitting in 4th position on the ladder with Parramatta remaining in 11 position. Commodores held on to fifth spot with a 5-3 victory over West City Crusaders, this leaves West City in 8th position. Plumpton had a 3-3 draw with Maccabi, The young Plumpton side has surprised a few sides so far and they are currently sitting 7th on goal difference, while Maccabi …

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Australia and Italy form beautiful friendship

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The number 3 country in world football has joined forces with Football Federation Australia in an historic agreement announced today. FFA Chairman, Frank Lowy, and the President of the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC or Italian Football Federation), Dr Giancarlo Abete, signed the agreement in Sydney just prior to the official start of the Opening Ceremony of the FIFA World Congress. “Italy and Australia have long had a close relationship at all levels because of the large number of Australians of Italian origin,” said Mr Lowy. “The Italian football team is also one of the great exponents of football and has thrilled many football fans over the years. “This agreement reinforces the depth of the relationship between our countries, and also broadens it to include our shared passion for the beautiful game.” The agreement includes the sharing of resources and expertise, including technical exchange in the areas of coaching, referees, game development, youth football, women’s football, sports science and medicine and others. “This is an exchange in every sense of the word,” Mr Lowy said. “In some areas, the FIGC clearly offer great experience and expertise, and in other areas Australia does.” The FIGC will also provide advice and expertise …

The Futsal Spy : Solomon Islands vs Sydney Magic

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Sydney Magic, the reigning N.S.W. Premier League champions featuring 3 full internationals in their ranks backed up by numerous State players, and the young Solomon Islands All Age team served up another feast of exciting, attacking Futsal for a delighted crowd of over 200 people last night at the Dural S & L C. In a game of fluctuating fortunes and end to end play, the young Islanders completed their round of practice matches with their first defeat of the tour, but they can hold their heads high as they pushed the Magicians to the limit. The first 5 minutes belonged to the boys from Honiara as they extracted some brilliant saves from Peter Spathis who kept the score at 0-0 with some great acrobatics. As Rob Varela introduced new players into the game the Solo boys began to hand over the initiative to the locals who capitalised with 2 quick goals. The visitors came back into the game strongly in the last few minutes of the half, only to see themselves thwarted time and time again by an inspired Spathis. The 2-0 halftime score line could have been different but the second half held a promise of more enthralling …

National honours for Townsville futsal duo

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DAVID Lecornu and Corey Harvey will wear an Australian jersey for the first time when they represent their country in China later this year. The 13-year-olds’ performances stood out to selectors when they represented North Queensland in Brisbane during the Easter holidays. Both players admitted receiving an invitation to represent Australia against Chinese teams in October was a shock. “We didn’t know the Australian selecters were there and didn’t think we could go from playing for North Queensland to playing for Australia,” Lecornu said. “It should be a lot of good fun in China. “We are going to play against schools and representative teams in Chengdu City in China.” Lecornu, who was going overseas for the second time, says it was going to be a challenge to play a Chinese team. “It’s going to be hard for both of us with the language difference, but it should be fun,” he said. Harvey was also honoured to be playing for Australia and said it was a challenge he was looking forward to. “It will be different. I’ve been to China before but I’m looking forward to playing there,” Harvey said. “It’s going to be pretty hard because they are going to …

The Futsal Spy : Solomon Islands vs Northern Beaches/Quake

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What a great game of Futsal an enthusiastic crowd of around 200 people witnessed at the Dural Sport and Leisure Centre on Tuesday night! The protagonists: the young and inexperienced Solomon Islands All Age team, up against a fired up Northern Beaches / Campbelltown City Quake outfit featuring 2 current Australian Futsalroos, and a host of current and former State players ably marshalled but current Australian assistant coach Steven Knight. Everyone in the crowd, including recently appointed New Zealand coach Erkin Osman, would have been impressed with the superb start by the Northern Quake outfit who put the shellshocked young islanders to the sword and led 4-0 with only 10 minutes gone on the clock. Coach Rob Varela put a temporary end to the slaughter by calling a time out just to settle his troops down and reorganise a defence that was being run ragged by the quick ball movement of the Minto seasiders. Whatever he said must have worked for in the next 10 minutes the Solomon boys took control of the game with their speed and ball skills and managed to pull back 3 goals and, frustratingly, missing several more clear cut chances. The 4-3 halftime scoreline was …

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Balls ‘n all Blog : Registrations in NSW

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Welcome readers to my first foray of many, fully devoted 100% on futsal. Whilst my opinions might ring true to some, to others I’m sure there will be topics and comments made throughout many a thoughts that will tingle a nerve. If you like it and agree, continue reading, if you don’t continue reading anyway and then leave a comment and have a sook below. Remember these are my views and not that of Futsal4all.       Three years ago Soccer Australia was abolished and was on its way to being replaced by the current FFA. At the time we had 2 divided Futsal fraternities, NSW Futsal and ISA 5 a side. As part of the FFA reform, Futsal had its hand forced to join with Soccer NSW at the time. Many might say it wasn’t forced, But when Robert Waddell, the at the time C.E.O of Soccer NSW waddled in and met with all Futsal representatives he sold a great story so much so he instantly became the front runner of Sales Person of the Year. He sold a story so grand which went along the lines of FFA wants Futsal under the governing body of your state, …

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2008 NSW Schools Regional Futsal Championships Results

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Football NSW Futsal is currently holding the NSW 2008 schools Regional Championships across a number of venues within NSW. Schools participate in competition against a variety of schools in their regions with the winner and runners up competing in the State Championships held at Penrith Sports Stadium during the 23rd-26th of June 2008. The regional results were as follows… 2008 NSW Schools Regionals – Central Coast Grade Winner Runner Up u10 mixed Kinkumber 1 Empire Bay u12 Boys Empire Bay Holy Cross u14 boys Brisbane Water Umina Henry Kendall u14 Girls St Pias X Narara Valley u16 Boys Lisarow Hunter Sports u16 Girls Narara Valley Brisbane Water Umina u19 Boys Nabbenben Sports Narara Valley u19 Girls Narara Lisarow 2008 NSW Schools Regionals – South Coast Grade Winner Runner Up u10 mixed Nareena Red The Illawarra Grammar Schools u12 Boys The Illawarra Grammar Schools Figtree u12 Girls Vincent A Figtree u14 boys Holy Spirit Keira u14 Girls Illawarra Sports Lake Illawarra u16 Boys The Illawarra Grammar Schools Worilla 1 u16 Girls St Johns Nowra Illawarra Sports u19 Boys Holy Spirit Illawarra Sports A u19 Girls Erindale A Bomaderry 2008 NSW Schools Regionals – Penrith Grade Winner Runner Up u10 mixed Our …

New Futsal Comp starting at Tempe

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NEW FUTSAL COMPETITIONS COMMENCING AT THE TEMPE NETBALL CENTRE, HOLBEACH AVE, TEMPE Applications for entries for competition for both MENS and MIXED are now being accepted. Only limited spots are available and will be accepted on a first in first served manner. $$$ PRIZEMONEY FOR BOTH MENS AND MIXED COMPS $$$ Competitions are played on a Tuesday evening commencing Tuesday the 27th of May In player friendly time slots with all games governed by official Football NSW referees. For further enquiries or to cement your position in the competition call administrator Ross Maiorana on 0419 979 518 or email Matteo on matteoacm@hotmail.com  

The Futsal Spy : Solomon Islands

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Late on Saturday night, a tired but happy group of Futsal players from the Solomon Islands trudged into the Dural Sport and Leisure Centre after a long journey from Honiara. This is another stage of a project that started back in 2001 when the Dural Sport and Leisure Centre and the Dural Baptist Church sent a team of Futsal coaches and players to help introduce, in a formal way, the sport to that country. A country torn apart by ethnic tension and armed conflict. A country in need of restoration in all aspect of human life: physical, emotional, relational and spiritual. The sport of Futsal was used to bring people together and help, in some way, in the unification and reconciliation process. All the squad is looking forward to some tough training sessions and 3 highly competitive games that will help round off their preparations for the World Cup qualifying tournament in Suva in 2 weeks time. The game on Sunday 25th against the Dural Men’s team ended in a very close 7 – 4 victory to the visitors. It was a game played in great spirit, with end to end action and some great goals, which kept a noisy …

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OFC : Hassan to lead Futsal attack

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REWA striker Kamal Hassan is top choice to spearhead Fiji’s attack at the Oceania Football Federation FUTSAL Championships in Suva next month. The tournament will be held from June 8-14 at the Vodafone Arena and the national side will be out to utilise the home advantage to qualify for the World Cup. Apart from Hassan, Labasa’s Dinesh Mudaliar, Sandip Nair, Intiaz Begg and his goalkeeper brother Azmat Begg are front runners for the 12-strong squad to be named today. Lautoka duo, Alvin Avinesh and Avindra Naidu have shown consistent form. A number of 11-a-side players are in contention are Mira Sahib, Asish Chand and Siga Ali. The side will be coached by former rep Intiaz Khan who is confident of a good outing. Khan, who played for the Fiji in tyen shortened code said the preparations were going well. “We have plans and the team will get together when the Fiji FACT ends,” Khan said. The OFC Championship is held every four years with the winner progressing to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held in Brazil this September. 2008 marks the first championship since Australia switched confederations from OFC to Asia. Australia has won the last four …

OFC : New NZ Coach appointed

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The New Zealand national futsal team, the Futsallwhites, have appointed Erkin Osman as it’s coach for the upcoming OFC Championship which kicks-off in Suva, Fiji on 8th June.Cypriot-born Osman comes highly recommended and replaces Brod Crighton. Osman has an impressive CV as player and coach which includes the only player to make four World Cup appearances for Australia in Futsal and coaching Socceroo and Everton star, Tim Cahill as a junior. The 12 man squad includes four from the previous campaign in 2004 in which NZ finished runners-up to Australia. Australia are this year competing in the Asian Championship and NZ futsal are hoping that their absense will open the door for NZ to represent OFC at the World Cup later this year in Brasil. Auckland club, East City provides the bulk of the squad with eight players with one from Waikato, two from Capital Futsal in Wellington and one from Brisbane. Osman will get a good look at the squad this weekend (31st of May 2008) when they meet in Auckland. About New Zealand Futsal New Zealand Futsal is appointed by New Zealand Football to be responsible for all Futsal activities throughout the New Zealand. It’s initial focus has …

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OFC : Fiji Futsal team announced

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The Fiji FUTSAL Commission has announced a 12 member national team that will compete in the OFC Qualifiers in Suva next month for a spot to the FUTSAL World Cup in September. The team comprises of players from six districts and all players named are of indo-Fijian ethnicity. Six southern, two western and four northern division players have made the team. Lautoka duo Alvin Avinesh and Arvindra Naidu are the only players from the western division while Labasa quartet of brothers Azmat and Imtiaz Begg, Dinesh Mudliar and Sandeep Nair alongside Rewa’s Kamal Hassan, Wasim Ali, Navua’s Siga Ali, Nasinu’s Ashish Chand and Suva pair of Vikash Prasad and Mira Hussein Sahib complete the list. Fiji FUTSAL secretary Jainendra Sukhu said the team was a good one as it comprised of some of the finest and most skilful FUTSAL players in the country and the Commission was looking forward to positive results in the qualifiers. “We have named the best possible team and are hopeful of doing well in the tournament which will also have big teams like New Zealand, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. “The players selected have been playing FUTSAL for some time now and are very …

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Vikings National Futsal Teams Announced

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National Futsal Teams Announced Both teams will tour oversea’s this year, congratulations to all players. Womens National Futsal Team 1- Melissa Barbieri gk (Victoria Vipers) 2 – Jade Baker gk (North QLD Redbacks) 3 – Sam McGraw (South QLD Dragons) 4 – April Mann (North QLD Redbacks) 5 – Monnique Kofoed (South QLD Dragons) 6 – Jade Banks (South QLD Dragons) 7 – Jasmine Kent (North QLD Redbacks) 8 – Seyma Enreli (Victoria Vipers) 9 – Greta Kennedy (Barbarians) 10 – Teodora Balint (Victoria Vipers) 11 – Joanne Burgess (South QLD Dragons) 12 – Lailey Tanson (North QLD Redbacks) Head Coach : Gui Costa ( Queensland ) Assistant Coach Jeff Hawkins ( Victoria) Manager Nicola Zammit ( Queensland) Shadows 13 – Jodie Hammond (South QLD Dragons) 14 – Kate Lutkins (North QLD Redbacks) 15 – Sarah Hasted Gk (Barbarians) Mens National Futsal Team 1 – Gary Stone (Victoria Vipers) 2 – Zayne Frieberg (QLD Raiders) 3 – Felipe Amorim (Barbarians) 4 – Damian Pilat (Nth QLD Wizards) 5 – Fernando De Moreaes (Victoria Vipers) 6 – Ray Mortensen (QLD Raiders) 7 – Brett Richardson (QLD Raiders) 8 – Mirza Pedic (Victoria Vipers) 9 – Ben Hunt (QLD Raiders) 10 – …

NSW Expression of Interest

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Football NSW Futsal Department are seeking Expressions of Interest from Clubs who wish to participate in the 2008/09 Football NSW Futsal Premier/Super Leagues. The Competition will be held on Saturday afternoon and nights commencing September 08 until completion in February 09. Clubs will be required to field teams in the following age categories: 12 Yr Boys 14 Yr Boys 16 Yr Boys Youth (19 Years) Men Open Men 13 Yr Girls 16 Yr Girls Open Women For further information please contact Football NSW Futsal Department on (02) 814 4464 or Email futsal@soccernsw.com.au Applications close Monday June 16th 2008 Source : Football NSW Published : 20/05/2008

OFC : Futsal reps off to Sydney warmup

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THE National Futsal squad will leave this Saturday for Sydney, Australia, for one week of warmup matches.This is in preparation for the Oceania Futsal Championships starting in Suva, Fiji, on June 8. Fourteen players – including the experienced Elliot Ragomo and Jack Whitney are in the squad. Manager Simon Dyer said the squad will return May 31 before leaving on June 3 for the qualifiers in Suva. Solomon Islands play New Zealand on June 8th in their opening match. Futsal is a five-aside indoor version of soccer. The tournament will be held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva. Taking part are Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The winners go to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, in Brazil in September. Source : Soloman Star By : Eddie Osifelo Published : 22/5/2008

Winter State League Round 4 Review

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The winter state league round 4 took place at the States Sports Centre on Monday night this was action packed night and had a number of goals being scored and some quality Futsal was produced. In the opening match of the night the 2nd placed Liverpool Fusion take on the 6th place Inner west Allstars in the Open Women’s competition. Fusion started this game like a house on fire producing a number of early chances. Allstars edged their way back into the contest with a nice effort from A Smith that only just went wide. Fusion had a golden chance to take the lead but some desperate defending by D Caridad kept the scores locked at nil all. Fusion took the lead with a well worked goal after some great build by Clare Tyson which was then put away by Kathryn Mladineo to give the Fusion girls the lead. Fusion went into the break leading one-nil. The second half we witnessed a very determined Allstars side as they we desperate to get something out of this game they had a number of opportunities to get back into the contest and they equalized with a good strike by E Goss hitting …

OFC Futsal Draw Announced

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FIJI will kick off its campaign at the 2008 Oceania Football Federation FUTSAL Championships against New Caledonia. The draws for the June 8-14 tournament to be held at the Vodafone Arena (Fiji) were released yesterday. The tournament will have seven OFC nations including Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The OFC Futsal Championship is held every four years with the winner progressing to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held in Brazil this year during September. 2008 marks the first OFC Futsal Championship since Australia switched confederations from OFC to Asia on January 1, 2006. Australia has won the last four OFC Futsal Championships spanning back to 1992 and their absence will provide a great opportunity for other OFC nations to attend their first FIFA Futsal World Cup. In the last tournament in 2004 New Zealand finished runners up to Australia with Vanuatu defeating Fiji in the third and fourth play-off. National coach Juan Carlos Buzzetti will be assisted by former rep Intiaz Khan. The national side will be named this week by Buzzetti. A number of 11-a-side players are in contention to make the cut in the 12-member side. These include Dinesh …

2008 NSW Schools : A feast for the eyes

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It was a feast of futsal football at Menai last week as school teams across Sydney battled it out in the 2008 Football NSW Schools Regionals Futsal Championships. A total of 45 teams competed in the indoor football under-14 boys and girls, under-16 boys and girls and the under-19 boys and girls divisions. The highlight of the tournament was a sudden death penalty win to Kogarah High School over St Johns Park High School. With the scores tied at 3-all at full-time Kogarah were able to clinch the win 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out. Sutherland Shire based schools dominated the competition winning every event. All grand final teams will play in the Football NSW State Championships being held at Penrith next month. Grand final results: Under-14 boys: Endeavour Sports 5 defeated St Spyridon College 1 Under-14 girls: Woolooware High 5 defeated Sarah Redfern 2 Under-16 boys: Blakehurst 6 defeated Inaburra High 2 Under-16 girls: Jannali High 3 defeated Blakehurst High 0 Under-19 boys: St Johns Park 3 drew with Kogarah HS 3. Kogarah won 6-5 on sudden death penalties Under-19 girls: Blakehurst High 6 defeated Kirrawee High 0 Source : St George & Sutherland Shire Leader Published : 17/5/2008 4:00am

Futsalroos downed by hosts

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The Futsalroos have bowed out of the AFC Futsal Championship and a subsequent place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup later this year, after they were beaten by Thailand 5-2 in their quarter final clash in Bangkok. Fernando de Moraes scored a double for Australia, but it wasn’t enough against the hosts, who got off to a quickfire start and backed by a vocal crowd, never looked like surrendering their lead. With captain Lachlan Wright and Chris Zeballos suspended, Australia was somewhat behind the eight-ball to start with, but the two goals by Eakapong Suratsawang in the opening seven minutes was a killer for Scott Gilligan’s team. De Moraes pulled a goal in the 14th minute, but three minutes later Thailand regained their two goal advantage. Australia with the help of an extra man, following the dismissal of a Thai player started to gain some control and scored a fine goal to pull the score back to 3-2. But with five minutes remaining, Thailand’s captain Panuwat Janta eased Thai fans nerves with a goal from close range and for the second game running, Gilligan took off his goalkeeper for an extra attacker in search of goals. The goals never came …

Futsalroos World Cup Hopes Shattered

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The Qantas Futsalroos will miss the FIFA Futsal World Cup for the first time after a 5-2 loss to Thailand in the quarter final stage of the Asian Football Confederation’s Futsal Championships in Bangkok overnight. The four semi-finalists at the 16 nation tournament – Thailand, China, Japan and Iran – will represent Asia at October’s FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil.Australia were hamstrung by the absence of key suspended duo Lachlan Wright and Chris Zeballos, and the home team backed by a large vocal crowd raced to a 3-1 half time lead. Australia pulled back to 3-2 with Fernando de Moreas scoring his second of the night before Thailand scored twice in the final five minutes. “I think the turning point was the game before when we had two suspended players,” said coach Scott Gilligan. “Both were the two leading goal scorers in the team for this tournament and it was pretty obvious that that was going to significantly affect us.” Australia had previously appeared in all five editions of the FIFA Futsal World Cup dating back to 1989. Source : Australian Four Four Two Published : 16/5/2008 14:06

Dean eyes green, gold futsal

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ANOTHER Macarthur area athlete has achieved his lifelong dream of representing Australia. Dean Lockhart, a product of The Grange Public School and Leumeah High School, made his national debut for the Futsalroos against New Zealand in a futsal friendly two weeks ago at Dural. A member of Campbelltown City Quake Futsal Club, Lockhart received his green and gold call-up the day before his 21st birthday. “It was the best present I could have every asked for,” he said. “I have played futsal all my life and love the game immensely. I went to school for six months in Brazil when I was 17, to study and learn more about futsal. “It seems all that work has paid off.” Lockhart scored a goal on debut before heading off with the Futsalroos for the Asian Cup in Thailand. He and Aussie teammates Tuan Cao and Simon Keith, also of Campbelltown, are on a mission in Bangkok. The Asian Cup is a qualifying tournament for the World Cup in Rio de Janierio later this year and the Futsalroos, under the guidance of Minto coach Scott Gilligan, must finish in the top four of the tournament to qualify. Source : Macarthur Chronicle Published : …

Mendez marvels at Thai progress

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BANGKOK – Jose Maria Parzos Mendez expressed his delight after Thailand progressed to the semi-finals of the AFC Futsal Championship with a 5-2 defeat of Australia. Eakapong Suratsawang and Panomkorn Saisorn each scored twice as the hosts booked their ticket to the last four, earning a place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup later this year in the process. And Mendez admitted his satisfaction at the result after just two months in the coaching hotseat – but the Spaniard warned against complacency with China next up in the last four. “For me it’s very, very important to reach the World Cup because I only arrived here two months ago,” said Mendez. “We have had a very short time to change many things with the players because the Thai mentality is very different to the Spanish mentality. “We worked very, very hard.” Thailand’s route to the semi-finals saw them pitted against Iraq, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan and Australia – and overcoming that opposition has pleased Mendez greatly. “We are very happy because we’ve not had an easy way,” he said. “But China will not be easy – all semi-final teams are very good.” Mendez had sympathy for Australia, who were without captain Lachlan …