OFC : New Caledonia Futsal set for big test

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Unlike most teams in the OFC Futsal Championships, New Caledonia (NCL) is made up of a team who all specialize in Futsal.Coached by Eric Michalak and assisted by Wema Alexandre, the coaching staff wanted NCL players to decide which form of the game they wanted to be involved in and the squad who arrive tonight in Suva all chose Futsal. Alexandre has been with the side since September 2007 and said that the team has trained together a lot and played warm up matches against local teams from NCL. The New Caledonian Futsal competition is split into North and South competitions with one league in each. In the South there are two divisions (1st and 2nd) and in the North there are two districts (East and West). Alexandre said that the team was only able to train together once a month for most of the year because the distances are so large between districts. “I cannot speak about our chances because we haven’t had preparation matches with other countries. Every teams is ready for this tournament and we have to take each match as it comes.” Michalak and Alexandre were both instrumental figures in developing Futsal in NCL. “I started …

OFC : Solomon Futsal side to rely on youth

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Solomon Island Futsal coach Victor Wai’ia has the anomaly of having the youngest and yet the most experienced squad at the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva.The squad boasts two 17 year olds with the oldest player only 22 and yet seven of the side remain from the Australia National Futsal Championship in Canberra this year. That experience combined with a pre-tournament trip to Sydney next week makes the Solomon Island side very well prepared for the test ahead of them in Fiji. Wai’ia was the assistant coach in the 2004 OFC Futsal Championships in Sydney and has since risen through the ranks to take charge of the young side that he has been grooming for many years. “I coached these boys since they were 12 and were put together in the school of excellence and the junior league that we organised back in Honiara,” Wai’ia said. The Solomon Island side have had a healthy preparation campaign where they travelled to Sydney, Australia and met competition from the Dural Warriors (7-4 win), North End Beaches (6-5 win) and Sydney Magic (3-4 loss). Wai’ia said that three of his squad play outdoor football in lower divisions back home and the rest are …

Goal Bonanza at 13 Boys Vikings Coomera River Cup

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A total of 34 goals were scored at the most recent Vikings Coomera River Cup played last Thursday June 5th at UCSC. ROBINA WINS AGAIN: Last Thursday, June 5th saw the ninth event of 2008’s “Vikings Coomera River School Cup”, this time staged at UCSC for the 13 Boys division. The games were fast and furious with BENOWA SHS, ROBINA SHS, UPPER COOMERA STATE COLLEGE and ASSISI COLLEGE scoring a collective, amazing 34 goals for the afternoon. Congratulations to Robina SHS who continued their rich form in 2008, collecting their 6th Viking of 2008. As always, thank you to all players, coaches and officials for a wonderful evening of Futsal. FINAL RESULTS : 13 BOYS : JUNE 6TH, 2008: ASSISI COLLEGE 3 DEFEATED UCSC 1 ROBINA SHS 4 DEFEATED ASSISI COLLEGE 0 ROBINA SHS 7 DEFEATED BENOWA SHS 0 BENOWA SHS 4 DEFEATED ASSISI COLLEGE 2 ROBINA SHS 5 DEFEATED UCSC 1 BENOWA SHS 5 DEFEATED UCSC 3 Source : Vikings Futsal Queensland Published : 7/6/2008

OFC : Hosts wary of Vanuatu

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VANUATU will be team to beat in the Oceania FUTSAL five-a-side World Cup play-offs in Suva when the seven team from the region do battle starting Saturday.The side has been bolstered with the inclusion of three national 11-a-side reps. Tafea Football Club duo, Moise Poida and Fedy Vava who featured in the O League against Ba, are key members of the side which will bank on skills and team work. They will be joined by former Suva and Wairarapa striker Soromon Suele. Fiji, which is trying to get into a FIFA World Cup event for the first time, will be wary of the Ni Vanuatu side. The Fiji side was boosted yesterday with the arrival of Navua defender Siga Ali. Coach Intiaz Khan and his players have been building combinations will have two more days to fine tune game strategies. “I am happy I have a full side now and all 12 players are preparing well,” Khan said. Fiji starts its quest against New Caledonia on Saturday, it will be on a bye on day-two then faces the Solomon Islands on Monday. Vanuatu will be Fiji’s next opposition and then Tuvalu before facing off with rivals, New Zealand in what …

OFC : Solomons ready for Futsal battle

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They are new and inexperienced in FUTSAL soccer, but don’t count out the Solomon Islands team form this weekend’s Vodafone Oceania Football Confederation FUTSAL competition. The week long meet starts at the Vodafone Arena in Suva tomorrow and the Solomon Islanders, according to team manager Simon Dyer, will be on fire when they open the tournament against New Zealand tomorrow. “We have a very young team which was put together a month ago. We are new to the code but we have the underdog fighting spirit to score upsets,” he added. “We anticipate a close competition with all teams coming prepared to win the qualifier. Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu are our threats but we will be there to fight everyone to win the round robin competition,” he added. Solomons open the tournament against New Zealand tomorrow at 5pm followed by Tuvalu and Vanuatu (6.30pm), and Fiji against New Caledonia at 8pm. Source : FijiLive Published : 6/6/2008

OFC : NZ Team Announcement for the OFC Championship

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The NZ Team Announcement for the OFC Championship in Fiji this weekend.The New Zealand national Futsal team, the FutsAllwhites, is looking forward to the upcoming OFC Championship which kicks-off in Suva, Fiji on 8 June. Recently appointed NZ coach Erkin Osman has been working extra hard preparing his squad for a busy schedule which involves six games in seven days. Cypriot-born Osman came highly recommended and has an impressive CV as player and coach which includes the only player to make four Futsal World Cup appearances for Australia and coaching Socceroo and Everton star, Tim Cahill as a junior. The 12 man squad includes four from the previous campaign in 2004 where NZ finished runners-up to Australia. This time the FutsAllwhites are hoping to go one better and qualify for the first time as the Oceania representative at the FIFA Futsal World Cup later this year in Brazil. Auckland Futsal club, East City provides the bulk of the squad with eight players, one from Futsal North Shore, two from Capital Futsal in Wellington and one from Brisbane. NZ squad: HOD: Gaye Powell Coach: Erkin Osman Manager: Barbara Gwilliam Physio/Manager: Sebastian Cormier 1. Elias Billeh (GK) 20. Clayton Chappell (GK) 4. …

OFC : Fiji Futsal Coach Khan targets opening games

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Fiji Futsal coach Intiaz Khan describes his teams opening three matches of the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva as ‘crucial’ to their quest to reach the FIFA Futsal World Cup later this year. The indoor, five-a-side tournament kicks off on Saturday and the host side plays their pacfic island neighbours in its first three games and has set their sights on raking in maximum points from the opening three days play. Khan targeted the first three games that and said that the with that momentum it would be very difficult for any team to stand in their way of their first ever appearance in football World Cup event. “I can confidently say that if my team is able to win the opening three games, then no one will be able to us from making the World Cup,” Khan said. “So positive results in the first three matches is our initial strategy.” The inclusion of Lautoka midfielder Alvin Avinesh and Navua’s Siga Ali has been a major boost. “The two combined well with the other players making us become a stronger unit,” Khan said. The former Suva rep has been able to assess his sides with the matched played against local …

OFC : Exposure woes worry Fiji FUTSAL officials

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Lack of international exposure and match practice has been the major setback for the Fiji FUTSAL team, which will compete in the Vodafone OFC FUTSAL Qualifiers at the Vodafone Arena starting on Sunday.Fiji FUTSAL secretary Jainendra Sukhu said the only worry for the host nation was the lack of exposure for its players. Otherwise, he said, the team was fully prepared and raring to give in their best at the tourney. “We faced problems in getting the team together in camp because of the Fiji FACT tournament but it’s good to see the boys are all in shape after the tournament and there are no major injuries in the team,” Sukhu said. “The boys got into camp on Monday and went through a pool session to cool off and relax before starting the final phase of preparations under coach Intiaz Khan, who has been putting a lot of effort into preparations. “We are expecting tough competition because the other nations have been playing competitively and also have international experience while our team is totally new and is yet to gain international exposure,” he said. “This should not really be a problem as we will be playing on our home turf,” …

Sydney Benfica Futsal Club Expression of Interest

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Sydney Benfica Futsal Club is currently calling for all interested Coaches and Managers to submit an expression of interest for the upcoming 2008/09 Football NSW Futsal Super League season. Coaching positions are available for Boys: 12, 14, 16, Youth Men (19 years) and Open Men. Girls: 13, 16 years and Open Women. All current and new Coaches who apply will be expected to abide by the following: * Being a minimum Futsal Level One Accredited Coach * Adhere to the Football NSW Coaches Code of Conduct * Understanding of the 2008/2009 Football NSW Futsal Super League season * Compliance with a Working with Children (WWC) declaration * Assist at the team trials, and work with fellow coaches in selecting the final teams * All Coaches will be highly organised, be willing to work as a team and possess and teach Futsal fundamentals. If you are interested in any of these positions send your email to: info@benfica.com.au Source : Sydney Benfica FC

2008 Schools : Soccer coach `ecstatic’

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KELLYVILLE High School scored a double win in the recent regional indoor soccer championship at Campbelltown. The school’s boys and girls indoor soccer teams have both cruised into the 2008 NSW Schools Regional Futsal Championships final after top performances on the court on May 21 and 22. The girls were undefeated in all of their seven matches they beat Elderslie High School 3-0 in the final. Meantime, the boys ran out runners-up in the final (4-3 against Sydney College) despite being undefeated during the championship. Fabio Caprarelli, the head coach of both teams, said he was “ecstatic’ with the players’ performance. “They all played unbelievably [well],” Caprarelli said. “The girls are a determined side and they can structure their defence pattern. “They really want to win and [they] show that in their matches. “Considering five out of the six players have never played soccer, it’s fantastic.” Caprarelli said the boys were disappointed with their performance in the final, but were pleased to get through to the state championships. “They boys trained really hard for the championships and it was very unlucky for them to lose the finals they won all their nine games previous to the finals. But I am …

OFC : Futsal team off to Fiji

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THE Senior Men’s futsal team ‘Solomon Kurukuru’ left for Fiji yesterday to participate in the Oceania Futsal World Cup qualifying tournament. The competition kicks off from June 8 to 14. They will be competing against New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, and Tahiti. The winner will gain automatic entry into the Futsal World Cup to be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, this coming October. Solomon Islands play New Zealand in the tournament opener. Coach Victor Waiia said they are prepared to take on their opponents. “We are going for our best and we would take each match seriously as they come.” Solomon Islands will go into this tournament with the youngest senior team ever. The team’s youngest player is only 18. Waiia said they have been keeping these boys since the under-12 level and after many years in the sport, they can do it. There are two players in the team that would boost their performance at the qualifier. They are Elliott Ragomo and Jack Whetney. The duo have experience playing in the high profiled European and Australian Futsal leagues. Waiia said most of their members were from the team that participated in the Australia …

OFC : Osman named Kiwi mentor

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THE New Zealand national futsal team, the Futsall Whites, have appointed Erkin Osman as its coach for the upcoming OFC Championship which kicks off this weekend.Cypriot-born Osman comes highly recommended and replaces Brod Crighton. Osman has an impressive profile as a 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-member squad includes four from the previous campaign in 2004 in which NZ finished runner-up to Australia. Australia is this year competing in the Asian Championship and NZ futsal are hoping that their absence will open the door for NZ to represent OFC at the World Cup later this year in Brazil. Auckland club East City provides the bulk of the squad with eight players, one from Waikato, two from Capital Futsal in Wellington and one from Brisbane. Osman got a good look at the squad last week when they met in Auckland. The side is the top bet for the playoffs to make the World Cup. It will face competition from Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Competition starts on Saturday. Source : The Fiji Times …

OFC : Ali yet to join Fijians

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NAVUA’S Siga Ali is expected to join the Fiji five-a-side team today as three days remain for the start for the Oceania FUTSAL World Cup playoffs. The Fiji FACT winning squad member has asked the team officials for time off as he has a family commitment. Coach Intiaz Khan has been working with the rest of his team members in Suva and his major areas are to get the players back into shape after four days of tough outing with their respective districts at the FACT. “We have been working on conditioning and getting the players back in shape,” Khan said. “There are minor injuries and knocks.” The team hit the pools yesterday to recuperate. Khan, who was known for his stunning free kicks during his playing days with Suva, also played for the Fiji side in five-a-side. “So far I am happy with the preparations we have been having,” he said. “Can’t complain and the players will go out there and do their utmost best.” Fiji Football Association FUTSAL secretary Jainendra Sukhu said they had a good set of players but there were areas which needed to be perfected. “While our players have been playing and we have a …

Futsal Holiday Camp in July (Queensland)

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A 3 day program offered to players interested in playing/learning Futsal over the school holidays and having fun! Two Venues Available: North Side – Brendale Days – 7th to the 9th July (Monday to Wednesday) 9am to 12pm South Side – Acacia Ridge Days – 9th to the 11th July (Wednesday to Friday) 9am to 12pm For more information click here For an entry form click here Source : Queensland Futsal (Vikings) Published : 4/6/2008

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Futsal club plan for Fawkner (Victoria)

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A 17-YEAR-OLD soccer fan who loves nothing more than kicking a ball around is launching a junior Futsal club in Fawkner.Riccardo Marchioli, who has played with English Premier League club Bolton Wanderers and is a state selector, said he would coach every team in the indoor soccer club, with age groups from under-four to 12. “I really love my football,” he said, pointing out that he did not mean Aussie rules. Marchioli, a Football Federation of Victoria accredited junior coach and head of youth development at Meadow Park Soccer Club, said he was discouraged to see that, despite a global peak in interest in soccer, the game was not reported much in Australian newspapers. “It’s common to see 17 pages of AFL news and one column of soccer news in the weekend papers,” he said. “It’s disappointing because soccer actually has more junior numbers in Victoria than AFL does.” Riccardo, who plays outdoor soccer for Essendon Royals, said the Futsal club would be a safe and relaxed environment for players to develop. “I like to base my training on creativity, and put no pressure on them when they play,” he said. “I don’t look at the results, I look at …

OFC : Five-a-side teams eye World Cup berth

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THE Fiji side has set its sights on qualifying for the World Cup and the quest will start this weekend with the Oceania Football Federation FUTSAL 5-a-side play-offs at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.Up against New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, the side will try to become the first Fiji soccer side to make a World Cup. The Intiaz Khan-coached side marched into camp yesterday and will have the next few days to perfect their skills before the tourney kicks off. “Most players played at the FACT and we expect all players to be in camp by this afternoon,” Khan said. “We have the next few days to perfect our combination and I can say we have a good side and they will be competitive.” 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 year in September. This year marks the first championship since Australia switched confederations from OFC to Asia. Draws: June 8: 5pm Solomon Islands-New Zealand, 6.30 Tuvalu-Vanuatu, 8pm Fiji-New Caledonia, bye-Tahiti. June 9: 5pm, New Zealand-Vanuatu, 6.30 Solomon Islands-New Caledonia, 8pm Tuvalu-Tahiti, bye-Fiji. June 10: 5pm Vanuatu-New Caledonia, …

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, …