Category: Football

Boys NYC Squads 2018

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

The 2018 FFA National Youth Championship for Boys will kick-off in Coffs Harbour next week with over 600 of Australia’s best young footballers set to converge on the city for five days of competition. Capital Football will send an U/13 and an U/14 squad to the Championships, which will feature eight new teams this year.

Capital Football U/13 Boys
1. Sebastian ARRANZ, 2. Noah STEINACKER, 3. Parris BANGWENI, 4. James NORTHCOTE, 5. Harry MENHAM, 6. Tobias PEIL, 7. Felix WESLEY, 8. Lachlan CAMPBELL, 9. Archie MCGREGOR, 10. Jordan JONATHAN, 11. Connor MYNOTT-SMITH, 12. Kristian NEL, 13. Heath ILITCH, 14. Michael PARAGALLI, 15. Christian BARRESI, 16. Joshua MILICEVIC, 17. Bailey DICKINSON

Capital Football U/14 Boys
1. Teoman TALAY, 2. Deacon PALOMBI, 3. Cassidy TANDDO, 4. Isaac WEEKLEY, 5. Daniel ANDERSON, 6. Nabil DJOMANI-OUSMANE, 7. Josh PRIOR, 8. Matej BUSEK, 9. Ethan BARAC, 10. Marko JADRIC, 11. Thomas BARBATANO, 12. Jacob LANE, 13. Giancarlo D’ADDARIO, 14. David REITSTATTER, 15. Cameron MCCLUSKY, 16. Jack PERAIC-CULLEN, 17. Daunte CERVO

In the 13 Boys team, Seb Arranz, Noah Steinacker and Lachy Campbell are current Boomerangs FS players, with Christian Barresi having previously represented the Boomerangs at FFA Futsal Nationals.

The 14 Boys team has two current Boomerangs FS players in Nabil Djomani-Ousmane and Thomas Barbatano, with Ethan Barac and Jack Peraic-Cullen formerly donning the Boomerangs strip.

We wish both teams – and especially Boomers players, the best for the week of matches in Coffs Harbour.

Barbatano makes men’s NPL debut

A significant milestone for another Boomers family member 

On top of the terrific news in recent months of three Boomerang’s men’s players (Fulton, Rathjen, van Aalst) being selected to play international futsal at the AFF Futsal Club Championship (and nearly winning the tournament), and Boomers favourite, Elie Darwich being selected for the Lebanon U20 Youth men’s team to play in the AFC U20 Championships early in 2019 (and at the same time playing in the Lebanon National League), another of the Boomerangs growing family takes a massive step to a successful sporting career.

At the tender age of 15, Zac Barbatano has made his debut in the Gungahlin men’s NPL team.

“He’s extremely creative and fast thinking, has great feet and is capable of winning matches by himself, he makes the difference”, Gungahlin NPL men’s coach Marcel Munoz is quoted as saying. Zac may have been blessed with natural sporting ability, but his years of playing high-level futsal with the Boomerangs has certainly helped him to become the player he is today.


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Boomers girls named in Junior Matildas Squad

Three former Boomerangs players have been selected in the Junior Matildas train-on camp in Canberra this week.

This is a significant achievement for the four ACT girls, Cec Matic, Laura Hughes, Sarah Morgan and ‘keeper, Liv Riddel. Cec and Liv have been familiar faces with the Boomerangs girls program over the years, and Laura donned the Boomerangs strip for just a few games.

We wish all the girls the best in making the final squad for the AFC 2017 U-16 Women’s Championships starting on 11 September 2017 against Japan in Chonburi, Thailand.

The top three teams in the tournament will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, something which all players in the squad will be aspiring to.

PS4 Player Pathway Award – Ben Basser-Silk

Boomerangs Youth Men’s player (and regular F-League contributor) Ben Basser-Silk has been selected as one of 24 talented youth players from across the country to participate in the PS4 Player Pathway program. The following from the FFA website:

“A shot at the big time is the prize for 24 aspiring young footballers shortlisted for a training camp to be in the running for the inaugural PS4 Player Pathway Award.

PlayStation 4 announced the 24 footballers today who will compete for their chance to win a 2-week trial with Sydney FC’s Youth League team and the opportunity to fast-track their football aspirations.

The opportunity comes as part of the PS4 Player Pathway Award, a new initiative involving a year-long search to find the most talented young footballer in the country from Australia’s PlayStation 4 NPL competitions.

PlayStation 4, in conjunction Football Federation Australia (FFA), recognised the need to provide a further avenue for young footballers to have their talent recognised and as such in 2016 launched the PS4 Player Pathway Award.

Throughout the PS4 NPL 2016 Season, coaches from every club around the country were asked to vote on who they believed to be the top three footballers in their respective Member Federation, in accordance with a set of predetermined criteria to ensure that those players selected are those that have not recently been recognised under the traditional pathway.

Under the selection criteria, the player must be aged between 16-20 years old and must not have been registered with a Hyundai A-League club or their associated National Youth Team in the 2015/2016 PS4 NPL season. Click here for full details on the criteria and process on how the 24 players were selected.

The PS4 Player Pathway Award Camp will be held from 26-28 September 2016 at Valentine Sports Park (Football NSW headquarters), beginning with a dinner on Monday 26 September before the players get down to business on Tuesday.

The 24 selected players will be put through their paces through a series of on-field and off-field testing, whilst under the watchful eye of one of the most decorated selection panels in Australian football. Keeping a watchful eye over all of the players, as well as selecting the ultimate winner, will be a judging panel comprised of:

– Former Socceroo and current Socceroos Assistant Coach – Ante Milicic

– Former Socceroo and Hyundai A-League coach, and PS4 NPL Ambassador – John Kosmina

– Sydney FC Youth League Head Coach – Rob Stanton

– Former Socceroo, Chief Analyst for The World Game on SBS and Chairman of the PFA – Craig Foster

At the conclusion of the camp the selection panel will utilize the “Six Key Competencies” set out by FFA’s Talent Identification Program: Mentality of a “WINNER”, Emotional “STABILITY”, PERSONALITY, Physical parameters “EXPLOSIVE”, DECISION MAKING and BODY & BALL CONTROL.

All coaches and scouts from each Hyundai A-League club will be invited to attend the PS4 Player Pathway Award Camp.”

Click here to learn more about the PlayStation 4 NPL initiatives.

We wish Ben well in this opportunity, knowing that his futsal skills have contributed significantly to the development of his football skills – building his ability in both sports.


Futsal and Football

Following is an article written by Luis Paes de Barros Santos FC Football Coach (Brazil) that was posted on Futsal Focus Facebook page


Transition from Futsal to Football

I would like to thank Futsal Focus for giving me this opportunity to write about training methodologies and shared experiences. Now, Futsal Focus is one of the leading Futsal channels around the world.

I have been working and studying Futsal for many years. I have had the opportunity to work at all levels of Futsal from youth/school teams, University teams, professional teams to national teams. I have never stopped studying the tactical, technical and physical aspects of the game. Besides that, I am always studying youth development and the different training methodologies from various countries and it is on this last “point” that brings me to the reason that I wrote this article for Futsal Focus.

For the last four months I have been involved in a new challenge and a complete change of direction in my career. I have been working as the U11s youth football coach for Santos F.C. I believe that Santos F.C. doesn’t need any introduction as it is the club where Pelé, the greatest football player ever played and Neymar now at FC Barcelona also came from Santos alongside many other Futsal stars that started their development at Santos FC.

I was invited to work on young player transition from Futsal to Football and also work on the technical development of these young players without forgetting about the decision making processes they learn through Futsal. First, I would like to say that in our point of view, technical development is not just the analytical exercises but also the game situation exercises such as 2v1 and 3v2 on different pitch sizes and rules.

During the first sessions with the players we give great attention to the technical exercises and always finish the sessions with mini-games or scrimmage. It is also important to say that the young players don’t stop playing Futsal especially the under-10s. We believe that it is important for them that we integrate Futsal therefore we try to work closely with the Futsal department , working together to build a unique program.

I have been listening to different directors of coaching from around the world argue that playing Futsal and Football together can have a negative impact on a players technical development which I strongly disagree with. You only have to look at players who have benefited from Futsal such as Ronaldo Fenômeno (former Brazilian National Team, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan), Deco (former Portugal National team, FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC), Ronaldo Gaúcho (fomer Brazilian National Team and FC Barcelona), Juninho Pernanbucano (former Brazil National Team and Lyon FC ), Neymar (Brazilian National team, Santos FC and FC Barcelona) plus Philippe Coutinho (currently playing for Liverpool FC but played for Vasco Da Gama and Internazionale) among many others who all played Futsal when they were younger. I really do not see any technical problems with them. Again as I have already written in other opportunities, in a regular football training session (or games) some players touch the ball every 5 minutes. On a typical Futsal exercise or game, they touch the ball every 20 seconds.

So, during the transition process from Futsal to Football we keep working on some Futsal game situations. As they get older and stronger, we start working more on larger size exercises, Football transitions but still working on their technique.

We, the coaching staff have seen, and now I can say undoubtedly that on the field, players that had the opportunity to play Futsal before football understand better the defence positions, covering movements, how to play without the ball and they also play as if they are always part of the game, they do not stop moving and helping the others to move with and without the ball. Another important aspect is that they “make themselves available for the ball” better than the other players, they “check for the ball” all the time, and the players that didn’t come from a Futsal background are use to staying, waiting for the pass rather than creating the situation to receive a pass.

We are working hard on the technique (analytical and game situation) and also working hard on ball possessions. We want to “build” confident players that can wait and choose the best options even if they are under pressure. On the other hand, we want to “produce” players that can understand that they are always part of the game even if they are far from the ball; they should always be moving and giving their teammates options during the match. This is why we are bringing the Futsal expertise to the big field and working on a smooth transition.

In my opinion that transition can last two or three years and then the player will have to decide if they will try to be a professional footballer or prefer to be a Futsal player. Usually in our experience it is natural for 90% of the players to try football, but only a few will make it. So, as they played Futsal before Football they still have an option to play professional Futsal later should they change their minds and this alternative pathway option is great for the game and for the player.

As I wrote in my last article for Futsal Focus, it is all about methodology and that is what we are trying to build at Santos F.C. Just playing Futsal doesn’t guarantee that they will be better Football players especially for the coaches that are still teaching Futsal as small sided football. For sure, I am not the first to come from Futsal to Football, at Santos we have other coaches that are former Futsal coaches but what we are trying to do is keep the Futsal spirit especially in the beginning and keep developing the players for the larger field, without forgetting what they have learned through Futsal to benefit their game.

Santos will still keep working with Futsal and Football, we want to provide a better transition for the younger players. It is important to say that there is no fight between Futsal and Football. We believe that Futsal can be an important tool for Football, without taking the beauty and importance away from Futsal. Futsal is and will forever be a great sport; it just needs more attention from the local Federations, Confederations and FIFA. Futsal developments are happening every year in Brazil and around the world however as gymnastics lose athletes to diving or synchronized swimming, Futsal will always lose some players to football but it doesn’t make the sport smaller. Again we just need better political support.

Australian Selection Success for Boomerangs

Story sourced from Capital Football

Boomerangs players Siena Senatore and Georgina Worth have been selected for the upcoming Westfield Australian under 17 Women’s national team camp, which will be held from 9th – 18th August 2013 at the AIS in Canberra.

This camp will also include friendly international matches against the New Zealand under 17 Women’s team. The matches will be played on Wednesday 14th and Saturday the 17th August at the AIS Athletics stadium.

The team will be preparing for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Women’s Championships, which will be held in China in September this year. The AFC U-16 Women’s Championships 2013 is the official FIFA qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Capital Football extends its congratulations to Siena and Georgina on their selection.


Angela Beard (Queensland)
Alexandra Chidiac (South Australia)
Isobel Dalton (Queensland)
Eleni Fakos (Victoria)
Sunny Franco (Queensland)
Tia Gavin (NSW)
Beatrice Goad (Victoria)
Brooke Goodrich (Queensland)
Victoria Guzman (NSW)
Emily Henderson (Western Australia)
Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (NSW Country)
Afrikah McGladrigan (Queensland)
Teagan Micah (Queensland)
Sophie Nenadovic (Northern NSW)
Ayesha Norrie (Kirby) (Queensland)
Chloe O’Brien (NSW)
Jessica Pitts (Victoria)
Rhianna Pollicina (NSW)
Matilda-Lee Potter (NSW Country)
Siena Senatore (ACT)
Madeline Stockdale (Victoria)
Jessica Waterhouse (South Australia)
Georgina Worth (ACT)