Finer skills of futsal a fun learning curve
THE arena is smaller than a normal soccer field but for newly selected Australian schoolgirls under-14 futsal coach Andrew Grubba, the difference means nothing.
In fact, the St Margaret Mary’s sports co-ordinator said the skill of some of the futsal players surpassed that of some similarly talented soccer players.
‘ ‘ B e c a u s e t h e f i e l d i s smaller the players have got to be all over the ball in t e r ms o f d r i b b l i n g a n d skills,’’ Grubba said.
‘‘ They may not shoot as hard as soccer players but t he g a me i s more s ki l l based.’’
Grubba said he had played futsal for four years but had grown up playing junior soccer in Victoria.
He has coached the St Margaret Mary’s futsal team for the past three years.
‘‘ The ( St Margaret Mary’s futsal team) has come third in the national competition for the past two years,’’ Grubba said.
‘‘ Futsal is a growing sport in Australia.
‘‘ It’s popular down in Vict oria and Queensland i s quickly catching up.
‘‘ It’s huge in Brazil Europe.’’
Grubba was approached to coach the Australian team after his success with the St Margaret Mary’s team.
One of Grubba’s students, Amanda LeCornu, was selected in the national under-14 team he is coaching.
It is the first Australian coaching honour for Grubba, who has c o a c hed North Queensland and Queensland sporting teams.
G r u b b a w a s t o h a v e coached the Australian team at an international tournament in Christchurch this month but the championships have been cancelled following the recent earthquake.