THE game of futsal, a variant of soccer, is played on a hard basketball court sized arena with a smaller, harder ball which when combined with the harder surface, makes controlling the ball a much more difficult proposition than the more traditional ball used in soccer.
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The end result is a fast and skilful game that relies on a player’s imagination and creativity to create chances.
As a matter of fact, futsal has been credited with providing the many skilful players that have gone on to wear the yellow of Brazil with the foundation they required to go on and become some of the most creative exponents of the beautiful game.
Two local lads have also shown a talent for the game of futsal, and this talent is helping them see many parts of the world.
Brothers Alex and William Phillips, 12 and 13 years old respectively, will both be jet setting out of Australia next month to take part in opportunities that simply don’t happen very often.
Alex is on his way to Malaysia for a two-week tour incorporating high level coaching clinics, several games including participating in the Zafica Cup and tours of the many cities that Alex will be staying in.
William on the other hand will be travelling a little further away than his little brother.
The sights and sounds of Barcelona are awaiting him and his teammates as they embark on a tour that will no doubt be something they never forget.
High class coaching, high class opponents and the opportunity to watch futsal being played by some of the very best in the world.
Not bad for a couple of kids from the Port Stephens area.
And you never know, if the International Olympic Committee decides to give futsal an opportunity at an Olympic Games in the near future, we may see Alex and William in the green and gold doing their best to win a medal.
Now that really would be something.
In the meantime, bon voyage guys.
By Rachael VAUGHAN