YOUTH WOMEN'S FUTSAL WORLD CUP TO TAKE PLACE IN 2018
The International Futsal Alliance will host the first Youth Women's Futsal World Cup.
The event will take place from 28 May to 2 June in Blanes, Spain. It will run in conjunction with the Youth Men's Futsal World Cup from 22-26 June
The event is for 20 years and under, born 2002-1998.
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SPAIN TO TAKE OVER AS FUTSAL WORLD CUP HOST
The IFA 14 Boy's Futsal World Cup 2017, will now be contested in Europe.
The tournament which was due to take place in Brazil, will now be hosted in the beautiful coastal city of Lloret de Mar, from 6-10th December.
The move will see an increase in European countries travelling across the border to compete. There will also be representatives from the IFA Confederates of South America, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania
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USA CROWNED WORLD CHAMPIONS AFTER THRILLING WIN OVER AUSTRALIA
Full Time - Australia 1 v USA 2
It all came down to this. After five days of competition between 8 nations, the final of the 2017 IFA Women's Futsal World Cup in Lloret de Mar was contested by USA and Australia.
Both sides overall were the outstanding teams at this World Cup and deservedly reach the finals with USA defeating Russia, and Australia convincingly beating Sweden.
With USA scoring first, the game was put back to level by the Aussies almost immediately. USA managed to get another goal to take the lead. Australia pushed hard to bring the game back into contention however USA's defence was solid. The game finished at 2-1. Watch the US Women's Futsal Team's Campaign below.
NEW ALLIANCES FORMED
The European Futsal Association (EFA) has joined in partnership with the International Futsal Alliance (IFA), adding another sixteen nations to the Alliance. This number is set to expand in the coming months and it is very exciting times for Futsal Worldwide.
On the 1st April 2017, at their Executive Congress, EFA unanimously decided to collaborate with IFA. EFA President, Mr Juanjo Bernal had this to say about the decision, “I am very proud that our European entity enters to be part of the future project of IFA”.
EFA has an existing project with Brazil’s, Liga Sudamericana de Futbol Sala (LSFS) and EFA will continue to introduce LSFS in partnership with the Alliance. The EFA was founded in Basque Country, Spain in November 2016. It has the support of Basque Government and it’s official office is in the headquarters of Basques Federations, in Mendizorrotza Football Stadium Club of Spanish Football Club, Deportivo Alaves C/Amadeo Salazar s/n.
EFA’s executive committee and representatives consist of:
Juanjo Bernal (Basque Country) – President of EFA Andrey Polvolsky (Russia) – 1st Vice President and Director of Int. Relations Mariano Garcés (Norway) – 2nd Vice President Dani Vives (Catalonia) – General Secretary Tristán Ortiz (France) – Treasurer Vladislav Lungu (Moldova) - Director of Competitions Committee Esa Sports (Euskadi) - Head of the Promotion and Development Committee Landaberea Abogados (Euskadi) - Head of Legal Committee Mariano Garcés (Norway), Gennadiy Gusev (Russia), Victor Puzanov (Russia) - Directors of Arbitrations Committee
EFA celebrates an extensive congress with the following countries; Basque Country, Belgium, Catalonia, France, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Croatia, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Slovenia, Transnitria, and Serbia. It is expected that growing interest in the Alliance will bring new countries as members in the short future. These respective futsal nations include; Andorra, Denmark, Wales, England, Italy, Ireland, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Latvia, Pridnestrovia, Tajikistan.
FINAL SCORE: USA 1 - AUSTRALIA 6
The stage was set for the IFA under 17’s World Cup final between USA and Australia. The USA picked up a fine victory over Scotland, in the semi final, and showed that they are a very organised unit. Australia have been in dominant form, answering every question that has been asked of them in this tournament so far.
Huge congratulations go to Australia on winning the IFA U/17 World Cup. There is no doubt that they have shown, throughout the course of the week, that they thoroughly deserve this success. They played some outstanding, attractive futsal that spurred the crowds to come out and watch them.
The USA did themselves justice throughout the tournament and, while the score line appears harsh, they were inches away from grabbing an equaliser in the second half on more than one occasion.
The day and the trophy, however, belongs to the Australians who can celebrate a superb achievement and an outstanding tournament showing.
USA: Alejandro Gonzalez, Diangelo Smith-Gleaves, Pablo Almontes, Luca Scotzniovsky, Adrian Medina, Carlos Armendariz, Jonathan Franco, Ricardo Duarte
Australia: Harley Brown, Jared Linger, Jose Atayde, Mitch Dobson, Kevin Robertson, Matt Schmidt, Lachlan Buxton, Patrick Langlois, Manoli Papaspiropolos, Kane Pollard, Musa Kamara, Liam Dawson, Seth Telfer, Seb Stankovic