Futsal Has Nothing to do with Fifa, Gets World Body’s Backing
The organisers of the Premier Futsal League, announced on Tuesday amid much fanfare by Portugal football legend Luis Figo, on Thursday said that it has nothing to do with Fifa as it has got recognition from the world governing body of the sport. The game of Futsal, a variant of association football played five-a-side on a smaller field and mainly indoors, has two parallel world governing bodies -- Associacion Mundial de Futsal (AMF), also known as World Futsal Association, and the Fifa(International Federation of Association Football). The franchise-based Premier Futsal League, which will take place across eight Indian cities from July 15 to 24, will be held under the aegis of AMF and not under Fifa. AMF vice-president and chief of Futsal Association of India (FIA) Namdev Shirgaonkar said on Thursday that Fifa has nothing to do with the Premier Futsal. “Premier Futsal League is being held under the aegis of FAI and AMF. Both AMF and FAI have given recognition to this League. AMF is the first global governing body of the game of Futsal and has been holding global tournaments,” Shirgaonkar told PTI. “They (FIFA or AIFF) are different organisations, we are a different organisation So there is no question of FIFA being not happy with this league. Fifa or the AIFF can have their own league and we can have our own. Where is the problem,” asked Shirgaonkar.