Mini­foot­ball makes moves

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - INSIDE & OUT YOUR HOME -

COM­MU­NITY mem­bers are in­vited to watch an ac­tion­packed soc­cer tour­na­ment in Lath­lain on Novem­ber 26.

The Australian Mini­foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion will hold its first cham­pi­onships at JA Lee Re­serve.

Each team will be made up of six play­ers, with the top four sides from the tour­na­ment to play in a cham­pi­onship series in Syd­ney in March against teams from around Aus­tralia.

The win­ning side from the Syd­ney tour­na­ment will then rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Mini­foot­ball World Cup in Tu­nisia in Oc­to­ber 2017.

Australian Mini­foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion vice-pres­i­dent Bryan Rae­burn said there would be about 20 teams com­pet­ing on the day.

“The play­ers come from 11-a-side clubs around Perth, who are in their off-sea­son at the mo­ment, as well as var­i­ous small-sided com­pe­ti­tions like Area 5 Foot­ball,” he said.

“They will come from around Perth to play; we are ex­pect­ing plenty of teams to reg­is­ter as we get closer.”

Australian Mini­foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Miguel Maron said it would be a day of en­ter­tain­ment.

“We’ll have wa­ter­slides, in­flat­able pitches for kids, a DJ,” he said.

Mr Rae­burn said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was formed about 18 months ago to en­able play­ers to play the sport dur­ing the off-sea­son.

“We are go­ing to Can­berra soon to talk to the Min­is­ter for Sport Sus­san Ley about get­ting fund­ing for our pro­grams,” he said.

“We aren’t recog­nised by FIFA but we want to be.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d461807

Mini­foot­ball player Bryan Rae­burn, Australian Mini­foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Miguel Maron and player Michael Galal.

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