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Futsal at the Olympics?

The following article is from https://www.olympic.org/news/futsal-a-whole-different-ball-game



Futsal is an exciting, small-sided football game that is mostly played indoors. It was originally developed in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930, when a local coach grew tired of cancelling matches and training sessions due to rain-soaked pitches and so created a version of football that could be played in smaller indoor sports halls with only five players per side. Around the same time, similar games were also being played on the streets of Brazil, where a shortage of playing pitches and a lack of space in crowded cities saw football-mad youngsters favouring smaller-sided games wherever they could play them.

The game was originally known as “fútbol sala” in Continue reading “Futsal at the Olympics?”

Boomers Represent in Asia

Three Boomerangs FS men’s players have been selected in the East Coast Heat team representing Australia at the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Club Championships being held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 15-21 July 2018.

Nick van Aalst, Nick Rathjen and Daniel Fulton have been training with the Heat for a while now in preparation for this terrific representative experience. Daniel has previously played for the Heat in the F-League and has experience in this competition last year, as well as representative duties with the Australian Futsalroos team. This will be the first overseas representative competition for Nick van Aalst and Nick Rathjen.

East Coast Heat were invited to this tournament as they were Champions (Grand Final winners) of the most recently held men’s F-League competition in 2016. It is important to have a national competition (in both men and women) to ensure invitations such as this continue to present themselves for Australian players.

The Vic Vipers – F-League men’s Premiers in 2016 – are also playing in Asia; in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Club Championship from 1-12 August – also in Yogyakarta. Continue reading “Boomers Represent in Asia”

Futsal handed its first international match calendar

(photo © Getty Images)

The following from FIFA

There can be no denying that futsal has enjoyed continuous and remarkable growth over the past decade. Solid proof of that trend comes in the form of increased numbers both of registered players and leagues now run under FIFA rules – factors that have had a direct impact on improved standards in both domestic and international competitions.

Further evidence of this leap in standards was on display at the last FIFA Futsal World Cup, arguably the most evenly matched edition to date, as well as the quantity of emerging nations making a splash in the discipline. In its quest to continue the sport’s evolution in the most organised way possible, the FIFA Executive Committee, at its meeting of 18 and 19 December 2014 in Marrakech, approved something that world football’s governing body has long sought: the first ever futsal international match calendar, which covers the period of 2016-2020.

“It’s like this, the global growth of futsal means that a unified calendar has become indispensable,” said Jaime Yarza, Event Manager for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, when speaking to FIFA.com. “Everyone involved in the sport – FIFA, the confederations, associations, leagues, clubs, players, sponsors, media – needs to be able to plan for the sporting season in advance. And being able to do that for the next two or three years is better than for just one.

“There are so many factors that meant that it [a unified calendar] was now essential,” continued Yarza. “You have to prepare budgets, define TV slots, confirm activities for sponsors, build loyalty among clubs’ fans by having well-structured seasons… There are so many benefits to having a unified calendar that it’s hard to explain them in just a few words.”

Javier Lozano, who twice coached Spain to FIFA Futsal World Cup glory and is currently the President of theLiga Española de Fútbol Sala, backed up Yarza’s views. “This calendar is a big help for our clubs and for futsal across the globe: finally we can make concrete plans,” he told FIFA.com. “Safeguarding clubs, players and international competitions is essential for taking this sport to the very highest level.”

Releasing players
The new calendar, whose opening cycle will include the next two FIFA Futsal World Cups, is based around players’ mandatory release to their national teams, depending on the various stages of international competition. “We’ve tried to take into account the interests of all parties. First of all, we’ve set aside 12-day windows for the final stages of the confederations’ senior national-team championships. Now confederations will be able to properly prepare both their competitions and specific sponsorship programs. It even makes choosing host nations easier,” added Yarza, in reference to events such as the UEFA Futsal EURO and the Copa America de Futsal.

In addition to the final stages of confederations’ championships and the FIFA Futsal World Cup, the calendar also includes two international windows, called Type I and Type II. “The first type lasts for ten days, during which national teams can play up to four friendly matches, but which can also be used to carry out fund-raising events or extended periods of preparation, for example for the World Cup,” explained Yarza. “The second type is for four days and allows no more than two matches. Again, it will be up to the associations to decide how they make use of the time.

“It’s taken a huge amount of work in terms of coordination, since it has required bringing together the interests of many parties,” admitted Yarza. “We’d like to thank everybody, the confederations, associations, leagues, clubs and players, for their understanding. We’ve tried to take into account the needs of all of the world’s regions.”

Though satisfied with the step taken, Yarza signed off by emphasising that the calendar remains a work in progress: “We’re pleased to say that this [calendar] has put the defence of the sport and its stars – the players – first. In any case, in the knowledge that nothing is perfect, in 2017 we will speak to all parties again to discuss if any changes are required.”

Futsalroos clean sweep series

The following is from the Football NSW website.

The Futsalroos showed why they sit 24th in the world futsal rankings as they completed a Trans-Tasman Cup series clean sweep proving too strong over our neighbours taking out all three matches.

This ended a great tour by the Futsalroos who kicked off Game 1 with a 5-3 win.

Goals to Jarrod Basger, Tobias Seto, a double from Wade Giovenali and an own goal was enough to see off the Kiwi side in front of the 600 plus spectators at the ASB Centre in Wellington on Friday.

The Futsalroos then put on an impressive Game 2 performance which put them on their way to a comprehensive 6-0 victory over the Futsal Whites on Saturday night, where they secured the Trans-Tasman Cup in the process with a game to spare.

Jordan Mundell grabbed a hat-trick while Jarrod Basger, Wade Giovenali and Chris Polkinghorne added the rest.

In Game 3, the squad resisted to rest on their laurels and finished the clean sweep by defeating the Kiwi side 7-1.

Jonathan Barrientos scored a double while Wade Giovenali, Chris Polkinghorne, Jarrod Basger, Adam Cooper and Callum Smith added the remaining goals.

Trans-Tasman Cup 2014 – Game 1

Futsal Whites v Futsalroos
Futsal Whites 3-5 Futsalroos (half: 0-2)
NZL: Leo Bertos 25’, Kareem Osman 32’, 39’
AUS: Wade Giovenali  14’, 16’, Tobias Seto 32’, Jarrod Basger 35’, Own Goal

Trans-Tasman Cup 2014 – Game 2

Futsal Whites 0-6 Futsalroos (half: 0-1)
NZL: –
AUS: Jordan Mundell 1’, 35’, 38’, Jarrod Basger 22’, Wade Giovenali 24’, Chris Polkinghorne 40’

Trans-Tasman Cup 2014 – Game 3

Futsal Whites 1-7 Futsalroos (half:  1-4)
NZL: Jan Fischer 12’
AUS: Jonathan Barrientos 3’, 31’, Wade Giovenali  4’, Chris Polkinghorne 10’, Jarrod Basger 12’, Adam Cooper 34’, Callum Smith 38’

Sponsorship Opportunity

Boomerangs FS is on the lookout for a major sponsor for its 2017 F-League campaign. Boomerangs have a proud track record in the nation’s highest league.

There are many talented players in these two teams and a raft of young talent coming up through the junior ranks.  Indeed, three recent Boomerangs players – Angelo Konstantinou, Daniel Fulton and Cal Smith – have represented Australia (Futsalroos) at major international competitions including the World Cup. A further three men’s players have – at various times – been called into a larger Futsalroo training squad in the lead up to major competitions. There is not yet an FFA Women’s national team, however there are several Boomerangs women players who would be likely selections in an Australian FFA endorsed team.

The F-League however, is a significant cost burden to the club and requires the Boomerangs to raise over $30,000 to allow participation of both a men’s and women’s team in this elite Australian League.

Player registration fees for the 2016 season needed to be high to cover these costs – and all players were asked to find individual company sponsors to help cover the costs to participate (of roughly $900 per player per F-League season).

The opportunity therefore arises for a major sponsor to come on board to partner with the Boomerangs for the 2017 F-League season and beyond.

Shirt front sponsorship is available, as is significant exposure on all Boomerangs online properties (including this website, Facebook, and Twitter pages and our Google+ photo site). Visitor numbers are increasing significantly across all of those online channels. There is also online exposure through the match videos hosted online at the F-League YouTube channel.  Capital Football also helps to promote the Boomerangs in the F-League (and the FNSW Premier League). There may also be opportunities for logos to be included on our growing range of supporter wear, available from Joma Australia.

If you wish to speak with us about potential sponsorship opportunities, please hit us up on the contact page, or come along to a home game (FNSW Premier League) and speak with Kristian or Robert.


Round 6 PREVIEW v Phoenix

This weekend is the first of three consecutive away rounds to various parts of ‘Greater Sydney’ for the Boomerangs club.  Saturday 16 November sees nine matches against Phoenix Futsal at the Ryde Sport and Community Centre starting at 1.15pm.

Phoenix sit just below Boomerangs on the Club Championship table after five rounds – and much like the Boomerangs (and Enfield last weekend) have not had the start to the season they would have hoped for. After only eight wins from their first four rounds, Phoenix rose to the challenge last weekend against Dural Warriors, sharing the points by picking up four wins and a draw.  

This season, Phoenix’s best success to date have been with their 16 girls (3 wins and a draw) – with most of their other teams picking up no more than two wins from the five rounds to date. Their 12 girls and boys have only picked up one draw and no wins between them over the five competition rounds so far.

With the sublime form of the Boomerangs open men’s and women’s teams leading the way, the club is confident they can continue to improve their performances across all age groups and are looking to return home from Ryde late Saturday with better than half the points on offer from the nine games.

The games kick off at the later time of 1.15pm HERE.

Boys 12 — 1.15pm
Girls 12 — 2.00pm
Boys 14 — 2.45pm
Girls 14 — 3.30pm
Boys 16 — 4.15pm
Girls 16 — 5.00pm
Youth Men — 5.45pm
Open Women — 6.30pm
Open Men — 7.25pm


Round 5 v Enfield Rovers Review

Round 5 of the 2013/2014 Football NSW Futsal Premier League was played at home at the AIS against Enfield Rovers on Saturday 9 November.

The Boomerangs premier teams – the Open Men and Open Women – continue to impress and confirm their credentials as top of the table contenders in this 2013/2014 season. The Men remain unbeaten on four wins and a draw from their five games so far this season, ahead of both last year’s grand finalists, Inner West Magic and Dural Warriors. (And even though both these teams have a game in hand, the Boomerangs lead is four points over Magic and six over Dural). The Men’s goal difference after four games is also double that of their nearest competitor highlighting their current dominance.

The Boomerangs Women’s team sits in second place behind only the undefeated Campbelltown Quake. They are ahead of Enfield Rovers on goal difference alone after this weekend’s game, and a further two points ahead of Mascot Vipers.

And whilst it is still early days in both these competitions, both of these Boomerangs senior teams are looking the goods this year and are both teams that should now be feared by all others in the competition.

Venture below these top tier teams though, and most of the Boomerangs junior teams are not yet meeting the challenges thrown their way in this highly competitive top flight competition.

There are positive signs though, and this week, all the teams – barring perhaps the 12 boys – did look highly competitive against Enfield, and the return of three wins and two draws from the nine games played wasn’t too far below expectations – considering the quality of the highly skilled Rovers teams.

12 Boys

Boomerangs 2 – 8 Rovers

It is becoming apparent that although this playing group includes talented individuals and they are developing great teamwork, the intensity and physicality of this competition is testing them – it is not something they have encountered in local ACT competitions. After two wins from their first two games of the season, they have now suffered three defeats in a row. There is confidence in the group though that they can turn around these poor results and start getting back on the wining side of the ledger.

12 Girls

Boomerangs 1 – 4 Rovers

The 12 girls were never really in the hunt as Enfield dominated almost from the first whistle — they played harder and they ran faster. Contributions are coming from all the Boomerangs players, and it won’t be long before they register some wins for the club. It was though, a great effort by the Enfield girls, securing their first win for the season.

14 Boys

Boomerangs 2 – 1 Rovers

After a closely fought and very tight first half, the Boomerangs lifted from the first half single goal deficit to slot home two terrific goals themselves in the second stanza, whilst denying any opportunity for the Enfield boys to claw back any points. Inflicting Enfield 14s second only defeat for the season, showed real grit and determination by the Boomerangs boys, and hopefully this is a sign of things to come for this team.

14 Girls

Boomerangs 2 – 2 Rovers

With both these teams winless in the 13/14 season to date, each team would have been hoping for a bit of luck to secure that first win and a valuable three points for their club. As it was, a 2-2 draw was a good indication of the game and probably a worthy outcome. A good effort by both teams… a win for each of them is not that far away!

16 Boys

Boomerangs 0 – 2 Rovers

Another sound performance from this enigmatic Boomerangs team – a team with so much skill and potential, but little showing for it in terms of results. The Boomerang boys were in the game right till the very end, and it felt like one goal might well have turned the tide and opened the way for a few more. Alas, it was not to be. These boys need to lift – and especially at the defensive end – if they are to avoid the wooden spoon for season 2013/2014.

16 Girls

Boomerangs 2 – 2 Rovers

Another close tussle and fine battle between two evenly matched teams. The Boomerangs remain in sight of the top four, but there does need to be a conversion of the draws (three to date) into wins if they are to really make a play for a finals position this season. A hugely talented roster, seems to lack a killer punch and they continue to have a knack of leaking goals a critical moments in matches. Converting these draws to wins must be the goal for this team.

Youth Men

Boomerangs 4 – 5 Rovers

This was an eagerly awaited match up. The 16s Boomerangs defeated the 16s Rovers in last year’s Grand Final (after Enfield took the honours in both round matches), and as much of the make up of these two teams was derived from last year’s 16s teams, it looked like it was all set up to be a cracker of a game – renewing old rivalries.

Enfield though, were obviously still hurting from their shock grand final defeat of last season, as they came out all guns blazing and gave the Boomerangs Youth team a bath in the first half. Could the Boomerangs Youth overturn a 4-1 deficit? They thought they could, and the team’s intensity lifted several notches in the final 20 minutes. In the end though, it wasn’t quite enough and the Rovers boys did enough to stop the wall of Boomerangs forward pressure. A great game, and another classic fixture in this ongoing rivalry between these two sets of talented players.

Open Women

Boomerangs 3 – 1 Rovers

Unlike last weekend, the Boomerangs at home had a full contingent (almost) of players from which to call on. And in a classic case of ‘shoe is on the other foot’ the Enfield ladies team were short a few key players. It was no surprise then that the Boomerangs women handled this game with reasonable ease. They were certainly pushed at times, but the sense was that they had the game within their grasp the whole time – especially after an early goal scoring opportunity was converted. There is a tremendous positivity around this Boomerangs women’s team this year. The season together in the inaugural F-League has given them valuable playing time together under high pressure competition, and this has provided great benefit to their FNSW Premier League season. If they can keep a full contingent on court week after week, they will certainly be there at the end of the season.

Open Men

Boomerangs 7 – 4 Rovers

The Boomers men – much like the women – have benefited greatly from being together for a few years now – and notably including a few F-League seasons. The core of this team is starting to gel well, and to work together efficiently and effectively…. and at times, brilliantly. If they aren’t already, they should be one of the favourites for this year’s title…. but as with the women’s team, its a matter of keeping the core of the team available and on court week in week out – at home and away.

This game against Enfield was relatively comfortable for the boys, who were only hurt when they started to take the foot off the pedal. Some great individual performances and some slick passing and teamwork ensured they made easy work of a team that was light on a few experienced players.


All in all, a reasonable return from the nine matches played – however, the longer term goal is to return 4-5 wins a weekend from across the nine teams (plus a draw or two!) if the club is to remain competitive in the Premier League. There is more work to be done, but the Boomerangs are keen to take on the challenge and to get as many teams as possible playing in finals come the end of the season.

The Football NSW review of the weekend’s men’s matches can be found HERE.

The Club Championship table after Round 5 can be found HERE. (when it becomes available)

Round 5 PREVIEW v Enfield Rovers

This weekend sees the nine Boomerangs teams play the Enfield Rovers at home at the AIS.

The Rovers sit just above Boomerangs on the Club Championship table after four rounds – and like the Boomerangs have not had the start to the season they would have hoped for.

Last season Enfield made the finals (top four) in the 16 boys and girls, and their Open Women’s team. Boomerangs 16 boys defeated Enfield in the major semi final and Grand Final after being defeated twice during the home and away series. The Boomerangs Youth Men also made the semi finals last season over Enfield, on goal difference alone. The Rovers will be keen to atone for missing out at the Boomerangs expense!

This season, their best success over the four rounds to date have been with their 14 boys, 16 girls and Open Women. The Boomerangs have had solid starts from the 12 boys, 16 girls, and both Open Men’s and Women’s teams. There will be some tremendous match ups during the day.

The games are being played at the AIS (training halls) on Saturday 9th November and this is the last home match day for a while as the Boomerangs have three away weekends in a row to round out November. So come along and support your local team!

Boys 12 — 12.00pm
Girls 12 — 12.45pm
Boys 14 — 1.30pm
Girls 14 — 2.15pm
Boys 16 — 3.00pm
Girls 16 — 3.45pm
Youth Men — 4.30pm
Open Women — 5.15pm
Open Men — 6.10pm


Round 4 v Quake Review

Round 4 of the 2013/2014 Football NSW Futsal Premier League was played away in Campbelltown against Quake on an unseasonally hot day for early November. The shorter commute for the Boomerangs teams was certainly appreciated, however the reduced amount of travel time did not convert to better performances on the court.

In all age groups however (barring the youngest girls team) the Boomerangs teams were all involved in tight and fairly evenly contested match ups. The frustration was not being able to convert more of these close match ups into wins by slotting the ball into the net more frequently!

12 Boys

Boomerangs 0 – 3 Quake

For the second week in a row the 12 boys felt what it was like to be on the receiving end of a stronger, more physical team. This talented team certainly has the skills and the teamwork, but they will need to learn to ‘muscle up’ on bigger, more physical opponents if they are to win more games. The boys weren’t disgraced and there were solid performances all over the court, but try as they may, they couldn’t put one in the back of the net.

12 Girls

Boomerangs 3 – 12 Quake

The 12 girls were thoroughly outclassed and outplayed by a strong Quake unit. Having few substitutes and no regular keeper has really hurt this team so far this year. There are signs that there are some wins coming, but they need to perform more consistently, especially at the defensive end.

14 Boys

Boomerangs 1 – 2 Quake

A closely fought exciting tussle between two fairly evenly matched teams. There was nothing in this match right the way through, and it was a credit to the Quake boys that they continued the pressure and teamwork right until the final whistle. Attempting more shots on goal wouldn’t be a bad thing for the Boomerangs 14s – but credit must go to the Quake defence for not allowing any easy shots.  This Boomerangs boys team is building together nicely and we should expect some more positive results as the season progresses.

14 Girls

Boomerangs 2 – 4 Quake

A good effort by the Boomerangs 14 girls against a strong Quake team. And another close game where the difference may well have been the finishing ability of the Quake girls. Again, this 14 girls team will certainly improve as the season progresses and will earn their fair share of wins by season end.

16 Boys

Boomerangs 0 – 4 Quake

The Quake boys came out hard in the first half and put the Boomerangs boys to the sword with four goals in the first 20 minutes. The boys must have listened to the half-time talk though, as they certainly matched it up much better with the Quake boys in the second half. If they could have played this well in the first half, the result would certainly have been different. A learning experience for the boys, but they are showing that they will listen and put into practice the coaching staff’s wise words.

16 Girls

Boomerangs 2 – 2 Quake

A win gone begging. The 16 girls dominated this game for easily 75% of it. The Quake girls had a strong dose of self belief come their way late in the second half and started taking it to the young Boomerangs girls – who till that stage looked comfortable and had set up a nice two goal buffer. The first goal for the Quake in the second half certainly drove them on and it was probably good fortune for the Boomerang girls that it took them till the final minute to score the equaliser – so as not to give them time to score another! A missed opportunity to register a win for the 16 girls.

Youth Men

Boomerangs 2 – 1 Quake

Finally — this talented youth roster clicked and put in a massive effort. With speed, agility, team work and intensity of a quality that was often seen in the 2013 F-League, these boys worked hard to knock over a good Quake team, and to register their long awaited first win for the season. Much is expected of this squad and they will be able to take a deal of confidence from this win to kick their season along.

Open Women

Boomerangs 2 – 5 Quake

In a game that was always going to be tough for the Boomerangs women, the result probably surprised no one. Without three of their five starters in Aurouseau, Roche and Crittenden (and a couple of bench players also absent), this was always going to be an uphill battle against the form team in the women’s competition. The 16 girls that backed up for this game held their own, but the lack of experienced women really impacted on the team’s ability to score goals, and to defend their own goal. Not a pretty game to watch with much niggle and plenty of fouls. Let’s hope a full squad is available for the next time these teams match up to give a real indication of how they compare.

Open Men

Boomerangs 3 – 1 Quake

A tough, physical and intense encounter saw the Boomerangs men hold off a quality Quake unit. Goals were hard to come by and a 1-0 lead going into half time looked like it might be the final score. A second though, mid way through the second half forced the hand of Quake who then went with a ‘fifth man’ play. The Boomerangs men defended very well against this tactic and pressured well to make a couple of pass intercepts, one of which saw a long range goal with not long left on the clock.

This Boomerangs men’s team has come together really well this season and are playing consistently good futsal. At the beginning of the season, one of the dark horses for the premiership, but after four weeks and remaining unbeaten this team is quietly being talked about as genuine title contenders for 13/14.

The Football NSW review of the weekend’s men’s matches can be found HERE.

The Club Championship table after Round 4 can be found HERE.

Futsalroos named for AFF Futsal Championship

We congratulate Boomerangs Angelo Konstantinou for once again being named as one of three ‘keepers to travel to Asia with the squad this week.

Previously, Daniel Fulton has represented Australia playing for the Futsalroos, and Boomerangs players Jake Wilsener, Michael Reeve and Cal Smith were invited to train with the Futsalroos squad in a lead up to this tournament.

We wish the team the best in this tournament.

The following is from the FFA website….

Futsalroos Head Coach Steven Knight has selected a 14-player squad that will compete at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Miracle of Life Futsal Championship 2013 at Bangkok Thonburi University, Bangkok, Thailand from 19-27 October 2013.

The AFF Miracle of Life Futsal Championship 2013 will also serve as the qualification tournament for the AFC Futsal Championships with the top 3 teams progressing to the tournament which will be held in Vietnam.

Seven players were part of the Futsalroos squad that competed at the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand.

After recent success at the Trans-Tasman Series and OFC Futsal Championship Invitational, Knight believes his team is ready for the tournament.

“We are definitely looking forward to the competition,” said Knight

“It’s a strong squad and the players who missed out made the final selections a very difficult process.”

“We have been fortunate with the draw but cannot take any game lightly and have set up two training games prior to the tournament to ensure that we are fully prepared.

“This is the first step in the campaign to the next FIFA Futsal World Cup,” concluded Knight.

The Futsalroos will depart for Bangkok tomorrow (Wednesday 16 October 2013) and will play two friendly matches against Bangkok FC (17 October) and Port Authority (18 October) to prepare for their opening Group B match against Timor Leste on Sunday 20 October (10:00am local, 2:00pm AEDT).

The Futsalroos will then face Laos on Monday 21 October (10:00am local, 2:00pm AEDT), Myanmar on Tuesday 22 October (1:00pm local, 5:00pm AEDT) and then Indonesia on Wednesday 23 October (1:00pm local, 5:00pm AEDT).

The top teams of each group will progress to the semi-finals on Friday 25 October with the Final and 3rd placed play-off on Sunday 27 October.

FUTSALROOS SQUAD – AFF Miracle of Life Futsal Championship 2013

Jarrod BASGER, Adam COOPER, Fernando DE MORAES, Daniel FOGARTY, Gregory GIOVENALI, Wade GIOVENALI, Shervin KESHAVARZ, Angelo KONSTANTINOU (gk), Dean LOCKHART, Roberto MAIORANA (gk), Raymond MILLER, Marino MUSUMECI, Tobias SEETO and Peter SPATHIS (gk)

Team Officials
Head Coach: Steven Knight
Assistant Coach: Robert Varela
GK Coach: Roger Cua
Physiotherapist: Deane Stephens
Team Manager: Vito Basile

For more information regarding the AFF Miracle of Life Futsal Championship 2013 please visit www.aseanfootball.org