Three Hills Fut­sal fans for world record

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Fut­sal fans in Three Hills are putting to­gether a bid to set a world record, and are con­fi­dent they can do it.

An­drew Wood, an alum­nus and staff at Prairie Col­lege in Three Hills, tells the Mail a small group that plays fut­sal, a ver­sion of in­door soc­cer, had their ap­pli­ca­tion to the Guin­ness Book of World Records ac­cepted, and from March 28-30, will be at­tempt­ing to play fut­sal for 50 straight hours. “We have a re­ally big fut­sal com­mu­nity in Three Hills, we play ev­ery Sun­day night and just got think­ing it could be a fun event,” said Wood. “We thought there was enough crazy peo­ple at the school to do this.”

To beat the record will take more than sim­ply peo­ple kick­ing a ball back and forth for 50 hours, there are strict rules. The game has to hap­pen within FIFA reg­u­la­tions. Each team is al­lowed 12 play­ers, and five must be on the court at all times. All the play­ers must re­main on the bench, with the ex­cep­tion of wash­room breaks.

“We are al­lowed to have pil­lows and sleep­ing bags, but it all has to be right there. We are al­lowed to sleep,” he chuck­les. “We are go­ing to try to have three or four play­ers sleep­ing at all times.”

The en­tire event will be livestreamed on the Prairie Pi­rates Face­book page, and as well, the event must be video recorded and sent into Guin­ness to be ad­judi- cated.

He said the goal is to cre­ate a com­mu­nity-build­ing event.

“We have some re­ally good spon­sors come along to pay for the tour­na­ment, but any­thing fur­ther do­nated over that is go­ing to the school’s ath­letic de­part­ment,” he said. “It is a free event for every­body, and we just want as many peo­ple who can play to come out.

To make the event pos­si­ble he says they are still look­ing for vol­un­teers for every­thing from of­fi­ci­at­ing to score keep­ing.

“It is quite a big un­der­tak­ing, but it is re­ally com­ing to­gether well.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the event or to vol­un­teer, con­tact An­drew Wood at 403-443-9435.

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Fut­sal play­ers in Three Hills will be at­tempt­ing to play for 50 straight hours on March 28-30 to set a world record.

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