FIFTEEN southern futsal coaches attended a two-day futsal coaching workshop at Fiji Football Association headquarters in Vatuwaqa last weekend.
Fiji FA vice-president and futsal chairman Jitendra Reddy who opened the workshop said the purpose for the workshop was to develop futsal.
“Previously we had a lot of futsal competitions but unfortunately it died out. It just died a natural death because there was no overlap for eleven-a-side players to play futsal and most of the players opted to play eleven-a-side and that was why it died,” Reddy said.
Reddy said after his appointment as vice-president of Fiji FA last year he had emphasised on a proper futsal competition.
“And today (last Saturday) is the day as we started the ﬁ rst southern futsal coaches workshop which is the way forward for the game,” Reddy said.
“What we have decided we will have futsal competition on district basis and each district will run their own futsal local league competition, Basically it is similar to our national league, where the players play for clubs in local league competition.”
He told the participants that it was the place to select the players for their district futsal team.
“This is why we have gathered you all so that you could learn the basics and art of futsal,” Reddy said.
“Whatever you all learnt from here, take it back to your districts and help develop futsal. It doesn’t mean that your futsal players can’t participate in the eleven-a-side competition, no, it is vice-versa,” the former Nasinu football president said.
Reddy said any player could be registered for any district in futsal.
“Just an example if a player plays for Suva district in an eleven-a-side local league or district team, he can join Rewa or any other team in the futsal competition if he wants to join the district’s local futsal league. We want to grow this sport and unless we give leeway’s we can’t develop futsal,” Reddy said.