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Trials For Futsal Qualifiers

Trials  For Futsal Qualifiers
July 14
07:47 2015

The Fiji Football Association has confirmed a series of trials for players who are interested to play futsal.

The first trial will be held on Thursday at the National Hockey Centre for the Southern Division players.

National Futsal coach Intiaz Khan said the first trial would see the selection of 40 players from the Southern division for build-up matches, which leads to the selection of the national team to play in the World Cup qualifiers in Tahiti.

“We are going to select 40 players and will put those players into 8 teams as they will compete in the Fiji FA Futsal League which starts on August 10,” Khan said.

“The Futsal League will be organised and coordinated by Fiji FA board in the Central, Northern and Western areas from which we will select our national team by mid-November.”

Khan said the Futsal League would be played over 9 to 11 weeks and in between they would have their futsal training programme where they would monitor the players based on their performance.

Khan said the Futsal League would continue throughout the year and other competitions would start after the World Cup qualifiers in February.

Players currently playing in the Rewa Galaxy Premier League for their districts will have to choose.

“Those players who are playing at club level for their district teams are not entitled to play futsal and players will have to choose,” he added.

“This is because those players who will play futsal will always be available for the league and tournaments.”

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said futsal competition was now part of their development programme.

“Before we had to use football players to play in the national futsal team where they were not performing so this is something different where we have a different code and the players have to choose if they want to play futsal or football,” he said.




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