Growing Futsal in Tongaat

2017-08-31 06:00
Photo: supplieDBuffelsdale Giants B from Tongaat.

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FUTSAL (five-a-side soccer, indoors) is a fastest growing sport in the world and is the only small sided format of the game recognised by UEFA and Fifa. This according to the Tongaat Football Association (TFA).

The nature of Futsal games places emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure.

TFA said in a statement: “It is subsequently an excelled breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-aside format of the game.
“Futsal Tongaat is now headed by the vice-president of Safa Tongaat, Sanjeen Ramnarain. He is looking to take this game to a satisfactory standard. Futsal in the Tongaat community enjoyed incredible success previously, however, due to the lack of funds this beautiful game has demised over the past few seasons.”

TFA said according to research futsal is the best development tool for a footballer.

“In a world where drugs and alcohol has become nature, playing sport has become the ethical way to get our youngsters off the streets and keep our community members fit and healthy.
“We, the Tongaat Football Association, are looking for you to get involved in our organisation. Thanks to our sponsors, the Safa eThekwini Region. With the unconditional support from these generous sponsors the local football association has groomed a number of players to perform at the highest level in the country.

“Our immediate plan is to co-ordinate Futsal Leagues among the youth and our community. Getting our youth to constantly play futsal will be of tremendous benefit to their overall soccer development”

Many of the top world-class footballers played futsal in their youth and credit it to supporting their footballing development.
Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka and Lionel Messi played futsal.

But futsal has not just helped produce these football legends, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi and Fabregas, among many others, have played futsal to develop their skills.

Ramnarain said: “If we intend on making an impact on the international scene, we need to start with proper development of our coaches and administrators need to understand the concept of development.
“Introducing futsal at an early age could potentially find our community boosting several professional stars in the not too distant future. Last Friday, the senior structure kicked off this development plan with the Hotshots Night Club KO Cup preliminary round sponsored by businessman Johnny Nair, followed by league activity.”

The junior development leagues in the U13, U15 and U17 divisions will also kick off soon.
Fixtures of the respective leagues will be broadcast weekly through local media. The association asked the public to give support in these games.
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