Ti­tles build­ing on fut­sal pop­u­lar­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL West is build­ing on the suc­cess of last year’s Na­tional Fut­sal Cham­pi­onships by dou­bling the num­ber of teams in the 2017 ti­tles.

Tri­als will be held over the com­ing months for tal­ented fut­sal play­ers in U12 (born 2004), U13 (2003) and U14 boys (2002), as well as U15 (2001) girls. This year, WA had two boys teams in the U12 and U13 age groups at the Na­tion­als.

Foot­ball West devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Garry Church said the grow­ing ap­petite for the in­door game had prompted the de­ci­sion to in­crease WA’s teams next year.

“The boys we took ear­lier this year did ever so well with lim­ited prepa­ra­tion,” Church said. “The feed­back we had was really pos­i­tive, not just from the play­ers but from par­ents and our op­po­nents.

“Since then, we’ve had a num­ber of in­quiries about the next Na­tion­als and it’s ob­vi­ous we have a lot of tal­ented play­ers, who want to test them­selves against the best play­ers from around the coun­try.

“We’re start­ing tri­als ear­lier this year, so we can get the teams to­gether for a num­ber of ses­sions be­fore head­ing to Syd­ney early next year.”

The Na­tional Fut­sal Cham­pi­onships will be played at four venues across Syd­ney from Jan­uary 4 to 8.

Tri­als will be held at the Mac­cabi Sports Hall, 61 Woodrow Av­enue, Yokine, each Satur­day on July 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Tri­als will run from 10am to 1pm.

Times will be made avail­able closer to the date af­ter Foot­ball West has as­sessed the ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est num­bers.

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