Monthly Archives: October 2012

Question and Answer – Bibs

31/10/2012 Questions & Answers

  Q. We were asked by the referee to wear bibs. Can I ask why? Sorry for being difficult but everything new that crops up impinges on us players financially. A. Bibs are also obligatory for substitute players to be worn during the game. That is for the sole purpose to distinguish between infield players and substitutes. Reply by Gjergji Bitri (Futsal Expert & Beach Soccer Coordinator – Referees’ Committee) | E bitrig@maltanet.net |  

Changes In Fixtures

29/10/2012 Fixtures

The Futsal Malta Association would like notify all the parties involved with the following changes in fixtures due to logistical constraints. Fixtures found in the FMA website’s division page have already been updated. Thank you for your cooperation. Division 2 Revised Date Original Date Round No. Game No. Home team Away Team Venue 22/12/2012 13:45 15/12/2012 13:45 1 37 Swieqi United Msida St Joseph Kordin Pavilion 22/12/2012 15:00 15/12/2012 15:00 1 38 Ghaxaq Vittoriosa Stars Kordin Pavilion 22/12/2012 16:15 15/12/2012 16:15 1 39 Ta’ Xbiex Mdina Knights Kordin Pavilion 22/12/2012 17:30 15/12/2012 17:30 1 40 Zebbug Rangers Pembroke Athleta Kordin Pavilion 09/02/2013 13:45 02/02/2013 17:30 2 48 Swieqi United Zebbug Rangers Kordin Pavilion Division 3 Date Original Date Round No. Game No. Home team Away Team Venue 09/02/2013 15:00 03/02/2013 15:15 2 48 Sirens Marsaskala Kordin Pavilion

Premier League Week 3 Round Up

29/10/2012 Fixtures

Balzan FC and Hibernians FC share the spoils in match of the week – Floriana, Zejtun go top. The match of the week between archrivals Balzan FC and Hibernians FC certainly lived up to its expectations. In front of approximately 250 spectators, one of the biggest crowds ever seen at Corradino Sports Pavilion, current champions Balzan FC and Hibernians FC fought it out till the last seconds. Balzan started well in the first half of the match, and managed to set a 3 nil advantage. It was their Romanian player coach Florin Anton that who scored in the 7th minute. Basil Emeka Onuta who scored Balzan’s second goal in the 11th minute and two minutes before half time it was Florin Anton again who put Balzan three up before both teams entered the changing rooms for half time. When everything looked doom and gloom for Hibernians, Coach John Mizzi included Read the full article…

Question and Answer – Shin Guards

24/10/2012 Questions & Answers

  Q.  Is it obligatory to wear shin guards or can we do without? (most of the team hate them that’s why I’m asking as they kept complaining) A. Shin guards are obligatory to players (goalkeepers included) as per Futsal Laws of the Game (Law 4 – Players’ Equipment). That is for the safety of the players and should be of suitable material in order to offer a satisfactory level of protection to players’ shin. A player cannot take part on the match if he does not have shin guards. Reply by Gjergji Bitri (Futsal Expert & Beach Soccer Coordinator – Referees’ Committee) | E bitrig@maltanet.net |  

Macron Viper 11 – The Official FMA Futsal Ball Sponsored By TEAMSPORT

23/10/2012 News

FMA is glad to announce that Macron Viper 11 ball is the official FMA ball for the season 2012/2013, this was only possible through an sponsorship agreement with Teamsport. These premium quality balls will be passed onto the referees, who in turn will make them available for each FMA game. We are sure this is another step to continue enhancing the futsal game. FMA would like to thank Teamsport for this collaboration.  

Premier League Week 2 Round Up

22/10/2012 Fixtures
Valletta vs Zejtun

Floriana, Lija Athletics and Zejtun Corinthians register second wins and go top – Valletta FC and Sliema Wanderers still in search of first points. The FMA Futsal Premier League continued this week, with Champions Balzan FC marking their debut this season with an easy win over Luxol St. Andrews Luxol a team that brought back Simone as coach after the same coach last season  had a short spell with Paola Downtown now Hibernians and fielded a relatively new side. Balzan FC, also Super Cup winners, on the eve of the newly inaugurated Futsal League under FMA administration, led by veteran player-coach Romanian Florin Anton, remain valid hopefuls to repeat last year’s Futsal Championship success. Alexander Ribic was outstanding for Balzan FC but undoubtedly the player of the match was Jose da Silva – Luxol’s keeper – for his fine performance preventing more damage to the Luxol side. In the other Read the full article…

Lecture About Futsal To Be Organised By Fgura United FC

18/10/2012 News

Fgura United F.C. have for the past two years focused on building a football complex with the primary aim to involve as many children and youngsters as possible. Our objectives are now within reach as for the first time in our club’s history, we will be participating in all levels of organised football. This has brought new challenges to our administration, and we are committed to improve in all aspects. Our aim is to give  our members as much knowledge as possible in their respective groups by organizing Lectures by professional people to help them in all aspects of the game. We will be holding a Lecture about Futsal for anyone interested on Wednesday 24th October at 18.00 hours at the New Fgura United FC Complex in the Main Hall. The Lecturer Mr. Gjergji Bitri is a Futsal Expert & Beach Soccer Coordinator – Referees’ Committee Malta Football Association.   Read the full article…

Question and Answer – Sliding Tackle Rule

17/10/2012 Questions & Answers

Q. During our game on Saturday, the referee told us that no form of sliding tackles are allowed and a foul was given against us. I was of the impression that sliding tackles are allowed. What is the case? A. Sliding Tackle is one of the most controversial issues in Futsal. Up to 2010 it was totally banned, therefore any type of sliding tackle was punished by a direct free kick. From 2010 onwards, sliding tackle is allowed in some circumstances provided that the following criteria are satisfied: –          Player making the sliding tackle SHOULD NOT do it in: Careless, Reckless or Using Excessive Force manner. 1-      If a player is in full possession of the ball (full possession is considered also when player dribbles the opponents and runs with the ball) – sliding tackle is not allowed 2-      If the ball is being contested by two players of opposing Read the full article…

Futsal Weekly Round Up on Times Of Malta

16/10/2012 Fixtures

FMA is glad to announce that it will have a small write up promoting the Futsal game once a week (Tuesdays) in the most popular newspaper in Malta, Times of Malta. The first article can be found in today’s newspaper. It seems that there is a good consensus among futsal followers that our sports needs media coverage, lets know hope that some of you help us promote our sport. Anyone interested please contact any FMA committee member.

Premier League Week 1 Round Up

15/10/2012 Fixtures

Flying start for title contenders Lija Athletic and Hibernians. The FMA Premier League opened with Floriana, newcomers to Premier Division, beating Sliema Wanderers 5-2. Despite being new to the premier league, Floriana are already well established in the futsal game and possess some very valid players including a good share of national team players. Sliema on the other hand have made substantial improvements from last years squad with the inclusion of former Malta football international player George Mallia. As expected, Lija and Hibs both cruised to victory in their respective matches against Valletta and Hamrun Spartans respectively. Both teams have been titles contenders for the past few years and are once again have bolstered their teams to clinch this year’s futsal championship title.  Despite having a number of key players missing, Hibs still tore the Spartans defense open, netting no less than 9 goals on their opening game.  The inclusion Read the full article…