Futsal for schools

Fiji FA Presidents player Shivnal Prasad wins the ball from Uge Qenegeie of New Caledonia during the OFC FUTSAL cup playoff at the Vodafone arena in Suva on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Fiji Futsal national coach Jerry Sam has a plan to introduce the sport at primary and secondary school level in the country.

The two Fiji Futsal teams received a lot of praise for their performance at the recent 2022 OFC Futsal Cup in Suva.

The national Futsal side held traditional regional champion Solomon Islands to a 6-all draw in the pool stage while the Fiji FA President’s Five beat Vanuatu 3-2 in their last pool match.

The two results raised some eyebrows. Sam said one of his aims was to develop the sport in schools.

“That is something I want to do,” he said. “To introduce the sport at schools level.

“This way by the time the players reach national level, they will have a fair idea of what is expected.”

The Solomon Islander added that it becomes hard for him to teach the basics to senior players when they come for national camp.

“The difference I see here and back in the Solomon Islands is that the senior players here have to be taught the basics of the game.

“That is something we can expect as they are not taught about this at an earlier age.

“So that is something we need to work on.”

The Fiji Presidents Five side finished fourth at the tournament while the national Futsal side finished sixth.

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