Monthly Archives: November 2012

Premier League Week 7 Round Up

26/11/2012 Fixtures

Barbosa inclusion earns Valletta FC first league win Valletta FC obtained their first victory in the FMA Futsal League last week when they beat Hamrun Spartans, 8-4, in relegation clash between the teams at the lowest level of the table.  The inclusion of William Barbosa with the citizens inspired them produce a fine team display, with Barbosa himself scoring a beautiful second half goal.  It was however Stefan Sultana’s Hamrun Spartans side who opened well, leading 3-1 up to half time.  Valletta’s comeback in second half saw them not only leveling the score but also snatching a four goal advantage to secure their first victory.  Hamrun Spartans remain with no points at the bottom of the table. Zejtun Corinthians moved into leading position this week after their easy victory against Luxol St. Andrews. As expected, Zejtun stormed past the Saints with another collective team effort and were already leading three Read the full article…

Question and Answer – Denying A Clear Goal-scoring Opportunity

21/11/2012 Questions & Answers

Q. During the Premier game Zejtun vs Floriana, the Floriana keeper was sent off by the referee as he handled the ball outside the area. Can you please explain in what instances shall the referee show a yellow card and when should he show the player a straight red?I would like some clarification about when the goalkeeper passes the ball to a teammate. Can that said teammate pass it back to the keeper or no? And if yes, can the keeper pass back to the same player? Because it is seems to me that it is solely at the discretion of the referee whether to punish such occurrence. A. From referee’s match report in this particular case, Floriana GK was sent off for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity.Please allow me to explain more the dealing with hand ball situations. In the Laws of the Game a hand ball infringement is considered to be a cautionable offence (yellow card), Read the full article…

Premier League Week 6 Round Up

19/11/2012 Fixtures

Leaders overcome stern tests to stay on top The Futsal Premier League Table remained unchanged this week as leaders trio Zejtun, Balzan and Hibernians, managed to maintain their unbeaten runs and win their respective encounters against Floriana, Tarxien Rainbows and Sliema. In the first game of the week saw Floriana fighting it out against Zejtun both teams needing a win to keep their hopes high in placing in the top four championship playoff spots. It was Floriana that where the better side in the first half going two goals up, Daniel Brincat scoring both goals in the 2nd and 13th minute. Zejtun’s Glenn Barry managed to pull one back four minutes before half time. At the beginning of the second half the Greens were finding it hard to recover their defensive shape. Zejtun made the best out of these vacant spaces on the counterattack. Zejtun’s Glenn Barry and Zvesdan Vukovic Read the full article…

Question and Answer – Deliberate Pass To The Keeper Rule

14/11/2012 Questions & Answers

Q. I would like some clarification about when the goalkeeper passes the ball to a teammate. Can that said teammate pass it back to the keeper or no? And if yes, can the keeper pass back to the same player? Because it is seems to me that it is solely at the discretion of the referee whether to punish such occurrence. A. Hereunder is the explanation to your query as per Futsal Laws of the Game. Once the goalkeeper releases the ball from his possession (either from a goal-clearance or during play) and the ball is played by one of his teammates, the goalkeeper cannot touch the ball again in HIS OWN HALF of the pitch unless it is touched by an opponent. The goalkeeper can though play the ball in opponents half of the pitch, even if the ball is not touched before by an opponent. If the goalkeeper Read the full article…

Premier League Week 5 Round Up

12/11/2012 Fixtures

Defending champions Balzan FC outclass Floriana in top of table clash Balzan FC regained top spot, jointly with Zejtun Corinthians and Hibernians after overcoming Floriana in the first game of the Futsal Premier League last week. It was expected to be a balanced match after Floriana managed to obtain a string of positive results in the league putting them in contention for title race. It was Balzan however who took control of the game from start to finish and inflicted six goals with no response from Floriana. The latter, missing a number of regular players from the team, offered bold opposition to the Champions during first half, but Balzan’s collective effort proved too strong for them. Final score Balzan 6 – 0 Floriana. In the second game of the week, Luxol’s negative streak continued when they lost to Sliema Wanderers, 5-4. As the shoreline shows, the game was quite balanced Read the full article…

Question and Answer – Goalkeeper Gears

07/11/2012 Questions & Answers

  Q. May I raise a query regarding the colour of the goalkeeper shirts please? Last year one referee informed me that ALL 3 keeper shirts must be identical even in case of a flying keeper. Can you please confirm this maybe with George as I just received a new set and if this is confirmed I will change the keeper shirts before the prints? A. In the Laws of the Game there is no specification on the issue. However, both FIFA and UEFA have decided that all Goalkeepers (including flying goalkeeper) use identical shirts. Reply by Gjergji Bitri (Futsal Expert & Beach Soccer Coordinator – Referees’ Committee) | E bitrig@maltanet.net |

Premier League Week 4 Round Up

05/11/2012 Fixtures

Lija Athletics earn precious point after second half comeback against leaders Zejtun Corinthians. Zejtun remain sole leaders at the end of the fourth week of the FMA Premier Futsal League after sharing points with title hopefuls Lija Athletics in the game of the week.  Zejtun, once again backed by their enthusiastic supporters, however failed to maintain their hundred per cent record, after being held to a 5-5 draw in the final minutes of this exciting match. Zejtun, always in advantage thanks to goalkeeper Kurt Saliba’s fine saves, had good control over the game up to the final quarter of the game, when the tempo changed dramatically as soon as Lija employed the flying keeper tactic, utilizing Noel Bray on the flank to inflict severe damage to the Zejtun rearguard. Lija took advantage of their man up position after Zejtun captain Jesmond Micallef was sent off for a second yellow card, Read the full article…

Mqabba Protest Upheld

02/11/2012 News

The FMA disciplinary board upheld Mqabba’s protest against the result of their Division Three match against Marsaskala held on the 21st October 2012. The FMA disciplined board overturned Marsaskala’s 3-1 win over Mqabba after the latter successfully argued that Marsaskala utilized two players who according to the MFA Disciplinary Commissioner’s Decision Report published on the 17th October 2012 had been suspended for one game. The FMA disciplinary board ruled in favour of Mqabba who were awarded a 2-0 win. Mqabba have now moved to third place in the FMA Division Three.

FIFA Futsal World Cup Live Streaming

02/11/2012 News

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