From earliest starters (u9s) to seniors the cross bar has been moved up several notches. I’m now watching bottom teams’ play with more skill, knowledge and panache than teams when we first started out 20 years ago. In those days we were playing, with few exceptions a cross between traditional 5 aside and futsal.
Now parents are switched onto watching futsal on Euro Sport, plus there are thousands of excellent futsal videos in cyber space that did not exist when we started.
Pro Active has futsal balls on the shelf! I was importing them to export!
Opened a box of old newspaper cuttings and mementos this morning, eye opener to how far local futsal has progressed.
- Telegraph October 2016. College 2001 Futsal gunning down Arsenal record, team currently on 39 games undefeated. (Record is now set by defunct Magpies 44 without loss).
- A futsal master class at Second Avenue date missing. But we had a FC Grimsby match vs., Grimsby Futsal League Select. FIFA referee Gavin Sartain and Lucas Lomez Spanish League professional futsal referee officiated.
- An exchange banner from Moldavian team Camelot dated 2002. Team played professionally in Moldova, could write a book of stories about them, we played them in tournaments in Dublin, Perth (Scotland) and Hull.
What do next 20 year’s futsal hold?