Football Australia has announced today the return of the National Futsal Championships (NFC) in 2022.
Football Queensland (FQ) will host the 2022 championship, followed by Football Victoria (FV) for the 2023 edition.
Football Australia CEO James Johnson looks forward to growing futsal’s footprint in Australia after outlining a vision for a national program.
“As part of our clear strategic agenda, we outlined a vision to create a national program for futsal and beach soccer by working closely with our Member Federations in a unified, inclusive and collaborative manner,” Johnson said.
“With the culmination of this process, we are delighted that Football Queensland and Football Victoria will be hosting the National Futsal Championships in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
“There is a clear appetite throughout Australia for football to increase its imprint through futsal and beach soccer. Queensland and Victoria now have the opportunity to showcase this and bring it to life over the next two years, in a way never seen before.”
By granting the hosting rights to different cities, Football Australia believes the NFC will be a national tournament.
The Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre will host the relaunched tournament on the 5th-9th of January 2022.
“The National Futsal Championships are a highlight of the Australian football calendar, and we are excited to stage next year’s event at the state-of-the-art Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
Anthony Grima, Football Victoria’s Head of Futsal, believes the announcement was a step towards achieving FV’s futsal strategy.
“This is a huge win for Futsal in Victoria and one for me that should be dedicated to the many amazing individuals who are at the heart of the Futsal community here in Victoria,” Grima said.
“Hosting the NFC will leave a lasting legacy for Futsal and football in Victoria and inspire and enable more people to take up this amazing sport.”
The recently announced Home of the Matildas features a international sized futsal pitch, and it could host the championship.
Kimon Taliadoros, CEO of FV, said this news ensures that Victoria remains the home of sport.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for the people of Victoria. By hosting the National Futsal Championships, we will further enhance the state’s ability to host events and tournaments and support the Victorian economy by bringing interstate visitors back to Melbourne to experience the wide range of products, services and experiences that this great state has to offer,” Taliadoros said.
“Futsal has been on the national agenda for some time now, with Football Australia recently having released the ‘XI Principles – for the future of Australian football.’”
The return of the NFC will allow a pathway for players to compete against the best talent Australia has to offer.