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Seven teams to start new futsal league

SEVEN teams will be participating in the Vodafone Central Futsal League which kicks off next week at Fiji Football Association futsal court in Vatuwaqa.

Fiji FA vice-president and futsal league chairman Jitendra Reddy confi rmed that seven teams from the Southern Division would participate in the 14-week competition.

“The seven teams are Northland Tailevu Futsal, Tailevu Naitasiri Futsal, Nasinu Futsal, Rewa Futsal, Navua Futsal, Suva Futsal and Lami Futsal,” Reddy said.

He said the competition would start on June 6 and would be played for 14 weeks.

“The competition will be played for 14 weeks with double round robin basis,” Reddy said.

He said this was to revamp futsal in the country.

“The main objective is to bring back futsal in Fiji as we have seen a lot of interest in it.

“The long-term objective is to ensure that futsal is sustainable as a football discipline and a player development tool for both men and women,” Reddy said.

Reddy said the league was not only to run after the prizemoney but to develop football.

“We truly believe in the smallsided game to help develop players. There are many benefi ts to futsal for youth development. With the small court and lack of walls, players are constantly placed in demanding decisionmaking situations.”

He said futsal game required quick thinking, good ball control, precise passing and creative solutions.

“Small team sizes allow players to get more frequent touch of the ball and increased opportunities to score goals. The rules of futsal favour skillful creative play where players are not just defenders or attackers but rather complete players. Resulting in a much better all-round understanding of the game which will help develop better football players,” Reddy said.

The Nasinu lawyer said they would be taking the competition all around the country. “This just a pilot project and we will sure move to western and northern sides, “Reddy said.

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