Fr. Hilary Tagliaferro the president and the founder of the Youth Football Association expressed his support to the Futsal Malta Association. Back in the 1960`s he was one of the first persons who started the five a side football at Tarxien Oratory. Having had this experience, he started to include small sided games during the training sessions. Fr. Hilary now believes that Futsal may fulfill an important and beneficial role towards the football game in many aspects. He urges the local authorities to provide the best possible help and to assure the growth of futsal continues to improve in the near future.
Following the nominations for the post of General Secretary, only one nomination was received. The Futsal Malta Association can officially declare that Mr. Claudio Azzopardi is the new General Secretary.
Mr. Azzopardi, who hails from Ħal Lija, has been involved in football for the last twelve years. He gained experience in the field of youth coaching following spells with Lija / Iklin Nursery and Pieta` Hotspurs Youth Nursery. He works at the National Sports School, and is in his final year for his Degree Bsc in Sports and Active Lifestyle. His knowledge and experience along these years will help to raise the association standards and will be a main contributor to promote the futsal game.
Claudio’s vision is to establish Futsal as the preferred version of five-a-side football in Malta and to increase / sustain participation at all ages and ability levels by promoting and developing the game as a complementary format of football within the football family.
Claudio will aim to increase the awareness of futsal by promoting the game and creating quality resources to introduce the game. Introduce futsal at all levels of the game from children to adults through the implementation of quality grassroots futsal programmes.
Increase the knowledge of futsal among the wider football family through the creation of education programmes for players, coaches, referees and administrators.
Develop an administrative structure capable of implementing and servicing the above objectives.
We wish Claudio Azzopardi most of luck and welcome him in the futsal family.
Due to the unfortunate and upsetting situation Futsal currently finds itself in, the Futsal National Team players and technical staff pledge their full support to FMA in its appeal to the government for appropriate facilities. The Futsal National Team has marked progress throughout the past years, thanks to the high level of Futsal being played in the national competitions organised by FMA which are also attracting top notch international players. This coming season had to be a milestone for FMA as they have worked hard in setting up a local institution comprised of nurseries with the scope of educating children through the practice of this fast growing worldwide indoor sport.
Now that the National Team has achieved good performances and results, where at a club level Maltese teams have achieved results and managed to gain access to a better pot in UEFA Futsal cup. The current national league is competitive more than ever, featuring well established professional Futsal players from all over the globe, where the match audience has increased drastically over the past 2 years. Now that all this has been achieved through hard work and sacrifices, the league is blocked with this absurd issue of not having a venue.
The National Team urges those responsible to understand the real motives of this issue, and work firmly with FMA into finding a solution for this beloved sport. Club rivalry must be set apart, and everyone should support FMA in their quest of hard work in finding a feasible, practical and adequate solution. Sporting facilities are available in Malta, it’s all about having a structured plan, guaranteeing and assuring the growth of sport without encountering any senseless obstacles.
The Maltese National Team therefore is all square behind FMA in their appeal to the authorities to heed our call for facilities urgently before the national league is called off, before their beloved sport is killed.
Seth Lawson Burkett former futsal player in Brazil had the pleasure to share his professional insight with us.
He started playing futsal at the age of 8 in Peterborough United’s football academy where he played futsal once a week. The head of the academy at that time was Dan Ashworth who is now the FA’s director of elite development. Burkett started to play futsal professionally at the age of 18, first for Stamford AFC and soon after for Loughborough University, where he spent five seasons. Whilst at Loughborough he was called up for the England development squad. Since then he had a season at London United and now he’s playing for Baku United.
Burkett maintained that playing futsal as a young athlete is a no-brainer. First of all it’s fun. You get loads of touches and the chance to express yourself in any position. Too often young footballers are pushed into a position early on and stay there throughout their whole career.
Futsal encourages you to be comfortable defending close to your goal and creating goal-scoring opportunities. It’s a sport which creates confident, competent, rounded players who are technically advanced.
While playing in Brazil Seth Lawson Burkett attracted some attention as the only British footballer playing professionally in Brazil. In 2011, he was also called up to the England futsal squad. In 2014, he released a book on his time in Brazil, called The Boy in Brazil, which made The Independent’s Book of the Week in June.
Speaking about the problems many countries face including Malta, Former National Futsal Coach Vic Hermans had the pleasure to share his professional insight to our site. During his arrival in Malta in 2009, almost all the league games were played outdoors. This made him speak to Ronnie Calleja from Assoċjazzjoni Sport Hibernians, where in two years time all league games where played at the Corradino Sport Pavillion.
Futsal, an indoor game is very crucial for the development of Football players. Hermans mentioned Kaka, one of the best clubs’ players as well as in the Brazilian National team. He had started playing Futsal in 1991. Hermans met him last month in the USA where he went to support the Professional Futsal League.
The Dutch professional coach also mentioned that Malta needs to have good facilities to compete with other Futsal nations in the future.
Vic Hermans will be visiting Malta on the 27th October for the implementation of the UEFA Futsal B License Course for all the coaches who want to develop further in this exciting sport.
Finally Hermans hoped President Mark Borg together with the local authorities will solve the problem of shortage of facilities so that the league can be played in a proper way.