A recent survey conducted by FIFA’s Development Committee found that out of 209 member associations, some 150 are now playing the sport of Futsal. An 18% increase over 2006.
A total of 115 member associations participated in the qualification process for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012.
Another interesting statistic is that out of the 150 associations where Futsal is played, 116 of them have a national men’s championship in place at the very least. This represents a significant step forward for some countries, which have prepared the ground for the development of the game and can now be considered emerging Futsal nations.
The survey also revealed some encouraging information on how member associations go about running the sport internally. While nearly 61% of them have set up a Futsal committee and /or department, around 57% also engaged in futsal-related educational and promotional activities. In this respect, both schools and universities have potential roles to play in supporting member associations in their efforts to promote Futsal and provide a structure for its development.
Peter Sousa, Kenny Dill and the members of the Bermuda Futsal Federation are to be commended for their vision and forward thinking in bringing this exciting version of the game to the island.
In their first ever tournament held recently at the Dellwood School, over 200 young people turned out in 3 age groups to take part in what was a well organized and very enjoyable 2 weekends of 5-a-side action.
With the BFA recently announcing the delay of the start of the league due to the fields being used for cricket, futsal is the ideal sport to keep our young people focused. It can be played at most school gyms which otherwise sit empty on Saturday mornings. With the game being played indoors there is no excuse not to play due to rain.
Futsal is fast paced and played in tight spaces so your touch and speed of thought are greatly improved. Indeed many managers when interviewed say that today’s player must be able to ‘think’ on the ball as well as be fit and skilful.
So keep up the good work BFF! I for 1 will be looking forward to your season and the progression of futsal in Bermuda.