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Futsal Referees Appointed

Futsal Referees Appointed
Jesnal Sami
October 05
11:00 2017

Two Fijian futsal referees are currently in Auckland, New Zealand officiating at the OFC’s inaugural Youth Futsal Tournament at Bruce Pulman Arena.

Labasa referee Jesnal Sami and Amitesh Behari have been appointed to officiate in the four-day tournament which kicked off yesterday and ends on Friday.

The tournament will also see teams in both men and women category.

The women’s competition will see several familiar faces, with multi-talented players from Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand making their second or third appearances at an OFC event this year after representing their nations at the OFC U16 Women’s Championship and OFC U19 Women’s Championship.

The three contending nations will also be joined by the Auckland Football Federation U18 girl’s futsal team, who were invited by OFC to participate in the women’s competition and play the three national teams on their bye rounds.

The men’s competition will showcase futsal prodigies from Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, New Caledonia and American Samoa. They’ve been selected to represent their nations after impressive performances in domestic youth tournaments or senior national leagues.

All seven nations will be making their debut in regional age-group futsal and will be eager to display the development and strength of their domestic game.

The winners of the men’s and women’s tournaments – with the exception of New Caledonia who are not an Olympic nation – will qualify for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

The two qualifying teams cannot be from the same member association so where a country has entered both the men’s and women’s events. The member association must nominate their preferred qualification team.


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