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Mark Borg re-contesting for MFA Executive

Mark Borg, FMA Honorary President will be re-contesting an election in an attempt to retain his seat in the MFA Executive Committee, were he has served for the past season. The election will be held next Saturday 15th July during the MFA Annual General Meeting.

Upon being elected on the MFA Executive Committee, Mark Borg has also been appointed as Chairman of the MFA Safety and Security Committee and is also a member on the Projects Committee.

Mark Borg remains closely linked to grassroots and futsal development after three years at the helm of the Futsal Association and is hopeful that after the recently announced futsal reform, MFA will be actively contributing to the development of futsal especially in relation to Administration, Coaching Courses, Youth Leagues and infrastructure.

Uefa Futsal Cup 2017/18: Luxol Futsal will travel to Austria

For the first time ever as a Maltese futsal club, Luxol were in seeding position 2 for Futsal Cup preliminary round, thanks to repeated good results every year. Also for the first time, four nations (Russia, Spain, Portugal and Italy) are entering two clubs and no teams receive byes to the elite round. The 24 clubs with the highest coefficients receive byes to the main round while the other 32 start in the preliminary round.
A record of 56 clubs entered the UEFA Futsal Cup for 2017/18, and all were involved in the preliminary and main round draws held last Thursday at 14:00CET.

Group C: KMF Shkupi 1927 (MKD), Luxol St Andrews (MLT), Diamant Linz (AUT, hosts), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)

Preliminary round (22 to 27 August)
• Eight groups of four.
• Every group will contain one side each from the four seeding pots, ranked by coefficient.
• Eight clubs, including six of the 18 newcomers starting in the preliminary round, have been pre-selected as mini-tournament hosts and will be drawn separately before being placed in their appropriate seeding position.
• The eight group winners go through.
• Due to a decision of the UEFA Emergency Committee, clubs from Kosovo cannot be drawn with teams from Serbia or Bosnia and Herzegovina. Therefore SG Mostar (BIH) cannot be drawn in the same group as FC Liburn (KOS), who would be moved to the next available slot.
• Northern Ireland are entering a club for the first time, to be decided when their national competition is completed in July.

source http://www.uefa.com/futsalcup/news/newsid=2482880.html

Agreed the proposed Futsal Reform proposed by MFA

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI
In an AGM held last week, Futsal clubs unanimously voted in favour of the proposed Futsal Reform proposed by MFA which is intended to introduce a number of improvements in the coming months.
As a starting point, MFA recognised the importance of Futsal as a complementary game to 11-a-side football and is committed to step in and support futsal. In this regard, MFA feels that the development of the game should be boosted in such a way that all futsal related matters are co-ordinated by an in-house committee under the management of MFA. To this effect, a Futsal Committee will be set up from this season to embark on a strategy for the coming years which will also include representatives from the Technical Department, Youth FA and Refereeing Department.
The direct running of the national competitions will be delegated to a Standing Committee, made up of club representatives and assisted by a dedicated Futsal Clerk at the MFA. The Standing Committee will also be represented on the Futsal Committee.
The reform will be phased over the span of the coming season, with outgoing FMA officials, Mark Borg and Mireille Vella assisting the Club Standing Committee during this transition until the full reform components are in place.

UPDATED: Match abandoned after two players were expelled

What appeared to be a normal and pleasant match between Qormi and Swieqi U21, ended up in the least expected way. Swieqi’s youngsters opened the score and Qormi replied back and equalised the score. In the last playing minute of the first half, a normal foul led to unexpected excessive behaviour. Consequently the referee showed the second yellow card to Swieqi’s Lydon Baldacchino, while Qormi’s George Chircop was given a straight red card. Having these players expelled led to an escalation of tension resulting in the referees abandoning the match with only 47 seconds left to be played in the first half, with the score of 1-1.
In the meantime according to the referee’s report, he was physically attacked and intimidated by George Chircop. Thus the discipline board decided to suspend with immediate effect Qormi’s player George Chircop till the 9th May 2018. Qormi are going to appeal this decision as they are saying that this report is inflated.

Luxol defeated in Bielsko Biala

ROBERT BUSUTTIL

Rekord Bielsko-Biała – Luxol St. Andrews FC 7:3 (1:1)

Luxol lost their second international friendly at the Startowa Pavillion in Bielsko Biala after being beaten by Polish leagueleaders Rekord Bielsko Biala 7-3 yesterday afternoon.
This was the second match played in Poland for the St Andrews side after their positive 3-2 win over Piast Gliwice.
It was a tough encounter for Frane Despotovic’s boys who had a positive first half after quickly reacting to the opening goal scored by Bielsko Biala.
In the second half, the Polish side was more determined to win this match as they created goal-scoring opportunities and saw more of the ball.
Luxol refused to throw in the towel as Dejan Bizjak was their best player after netting a brace during this encounter.
Bielsko surged ahead on 6 minutes as Szymon Clichy surprised Xerxen after a fast move from the Polish players.
Luxol kept their cool and on the stroke of 15 minutes they managed to level the matters through a Dejan Bizjak’s header after being well served by Mark Zammit.
As the scoreline finished 1-1 before half-time, in the second half the Polish leaders was a revitalised side as they surged forward in search of goals.
They succeeded in doing this one minute after the start of the second period as Pawel Budniak’s shot finished on the top corner of the net.
Rekord were trying to impose superiority and they netted their third one through Michal Marek.
Luxol remained concentrated and again it was Dejan Bizjak who completed a personal brace to put the ball behind Polish keeper Nawrat.
The Polish leaders increased their aggressive approach and succeeded in scoring three more goals through Bondar, Marek and Budniak.
Meanwhile, Giancarlo Sammut found the time to reduce the score for the Maltese side until Poplawski sealed the issue for Rekord Bielsko Biala who will coincidentally meet Piast Gliwice in their next league encounter.
For the Maltese side this was an impressive training camp in Poland that gave their player-coach Frane Despotovic an idea of how to approach the next tough games in the Gatorade Futsal League.

Rekord: Nawrat – Popławski, Bondar, Budniak, Marek, Wachuła, Cichy, Borowicz, Polašek, Gąsior, Burzej
Luxol: Xerxen – Alves de Freitas, Zammit, Mangion, Bizjak, Despotović, Attard, Sammut, Vuković, Barbosa, Azzopardi, Mifsud

Luxol triumph in Poland

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Luxol managed to win their first international friendly in Poland as they saw off hosts Piast Gliwice 3-2 in an entertaining affair.
It was a positive performance by Frane Despotovic’s boys that gave the utmost during the entire encounter against a Polish side who lie fourth in their country’s futsal league.
The Maltese team played a good level of futsal and Piast had their goalkeeper performing a string of good saves especially in the second half.
The opening minutes was a balanced encounter as both sides attacked in search of goal.
Piast surged ahead on 18 minutes as Krzysztof Piskorz scored from close range after taking advantage of a rebound.
Luxol didn’t lose their composure and in no time they levelled the matters after a Dejan Bizjak’s kick-in stamped into the post, in came Carl Azzopardi that from a tap-in put the ball into the net.
As the score ended 1-1 before the break, Luxol were a better lot in the second half as they enjoyed ball possession and control and they were surging forward in search of goal.
They succeeded in doing so on 26 minutes as Giancarlo Sammut hit the target after a well-taken set piece.
Immediately afterwards Piast goalkeeper was sent off by the referee after protesting heavily with the match officials.
Piast Gliwice were stunned and two minutes afterwards it was Frane Despotovic who shot home a direct freekick to make it 3-1.
The Polish side reduced the arrears seconds afterwards as Dewuckiego also put his name on the score sheet to make it 3-2 and create a dramatic finale.
Despite all this, Luxol defended boldly and controlled the proceedings to start their adventure in their training camp in Poland in an extremely positive way.
Luxol play their second match next Wednesday as they face league leaders Rekord Bielsko Biala.

Luxol off to Poland for training camp

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Elite club Luxol is currently in Poland, undergoing a training camp ahead of the decisive clashes in the Gatorade Futsal League.
This is their second consecutive training camp in Poland after last year they had the same experience under the guidance of their player-coach Frane Despotovic.
The St Andrews outfit will play two friendly matches between April 10th and 12th against Piast Gliwice and Rekord Bielsko Biala.
Piast lie in the fourth place of the Polish futsal league while Rekord are topping the standings during the currrent season.
Three important elements in Luxol squad, Glenn Bonello, Nicola Del Re and Emil Raducu are not available for the Polish trip.
This website contacted Frane Despotovic who seemed elated at the prospect of another training camp overseas.
“We are all excited and happy that our committee one more time gave us the chance to play games abroad with strong opponents.”
“The players are motivated to try and make them proud so that we are well prepared for the final games in the championship.”
Despotovic, who is at the helm of the club since 2015, is hopeful that this experience will help the players to focus more against stronger opponents.
“I am curious to see my team’s reaction in hard game conditions and against such competitive teams.”
After yesterday’s win against Swieqi, Luxol will resume their commitments in the Gatorade Elite Round with another decisive clash against champions Valletta.

Nominations for executive roles in the FMA

Following a meeting held yesterday, the Futsal Malta Association is receiving nominations for filling up the following executive roles:

President
Vice President
General Secretary

All nominations are to be sent to the Treasurer by email (fma.treasurer2011@gmail.com) by not later than Friday 7th April, following which an election will be held, if necessary. Nominations should also be accompanied by a declaration of acceptance.

We will keep training hard in order to keep learning and improving – Kenneth Fiteni (Swieqi Under 21 coach)

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
The youngsters from Swieqi managed to break their duck in the Gatorade Futsal League after seeing off Zurrieq Wolves 5-3 in the battle of the basement.
This success was vital for Kenneth Fiteni’s boys after suffering ten straight defeats in their previous outings.
When contacted by this website, Fiteni was elated but at the same time cautious after last Monday’s win.
“Although I never put pressure on the team for the final result, a win is always a win!”
“Of course, this victory will help us put in more effort.”
“After the game, I congratulated all the players for the result but stressed out the point that we did a lot of mistakes which could have cost us the game!” said a realistic Fiteni.
Asked about the players’ feelings after their first matches without winning any point, Fiteni said that the team was still motivated despite losing the first 10 matches.
“This was so because we were seeing a slight, but constant, improvement in our performances game after game. The atmosphere in the dressing room has always been a positive one both after training sessions and competitive games. However, this is not enough as we always seek more.”
Finally when asked about the way forward after this success, the Swieqi Under 21 coach admitted that the team’s objective is always the same, that is to develop more his players’ futsal skills.
“We will keep training hard in order to keep learning and improving. The Club is after players’ development and improvement, not the team’s points in the league.”
Swieqi’s next match will be a really tough one as they face leaders Luxol on February 27th.

Spirited Malta denied by last-gasp goal against Albania

Kevin Azzopardi
MFA Head of Communications

Malta were seconds away from opening their account in their final Group D game of the 2018 Euro Futsal Championship preliminary round but their hopes were shattered by a last-gasp goal which gave Albania a narrow 3-2 win this evening.

After emphatic victories over hosts Bulgaria (7-1) and England (5-1), Albania were widely fancied to end their group commitments with another fine win but the Maltese side produced their best performance
in this tournament to make life difficult for the group winners.

Malta, who lost to England and Bulgaria in their opening two games, led 2-1 at half-time after goals from Carl Azzopardi (12) and George Frendo (19).

Narcis Alibegu had given Albania a 10th-minute advantage and Azem Brahimi equalised early in the second half but Malta retained their composure.

Peter Pullicino’s side also had a couple of chances to surge ahead in the second half. Albania duly profited as Halim Selmanaj hit the winner with 30 seconds remaining.

“Luck was definitely not on our side,” Mark Borg, the president of Futsal Malta who is heading the Maltese contingent in Varna, told www.mfa.com.mt.

“Group winners Albania were made to sweat and they only managed to edge our team with a last-gasp winner 30 seconds from time.

“We were so close to our first international point but yet so far.”

Albania topped the group with a maximum nine points.

MALTA SQUAD
Neil Cuschieri (GK); Giancarlo Sammut; Jovica Milijic; Mark Zammit; Andy Mangion; Matthew Xerxen (GK); Carl Azzopardi; Glenn Bonello; Nicola Del Re; George Frendo;
Melvin Borg; Xavier Saliba; Dylan Musu; Matthew Attard.