” The Bayside Pirates have thoroughly enjoyed the tour to the Gold Coast & participating in the ” Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup ” says Mark Georgeson Team Coach
says ” We are very proud & pleased to be charged with the running of this prestigious event. Each year it seems to double in size and with the realization from many of the Futsal governing regions that this is a ” Premier ” event on the nations Futsal calendar we are excited to see the interstate & overseas teams not just express interest but now commit to coming to the tournament “ Armando says” Next year we will be expanding yet again in size with all competing Regions confirming their attendance to next years event & their commitment to bring in more age groups to represent their region “
“ We are committed to provide the very best futsal competition in Australia both in quality of competition as well as the operation & management of the event . So far from the feedback from the Regions / Teams & players we are well on track in delivering our vision “ Andrew says ” Next season we are looking at providing for the Men’s / Women’s & Youth Teams , games on full International sized Courts which we are in discussions with the venue managers at the moment. Hopefully we will have 2 International sized Courts side by side run on a stop clock & time out format supervised by 4 Court Officials per Court. Although it is not definite , I am doing everything I can to make this happen. This will be a major draw card for the Australian professional & International teams.”
” The Craig Foster Cup was an excellent opportunity to see how the 2013 State players played against other high level competition and gives coaches an opportunity to spot up and coming players who have potential to make the team in the future. We had entered the u14 girls into the women’s competition and it was brilliant to watch them raise their game and be very competitive. It is quality and professionally run tournaments like this that highlights how much the quality of futsal is improving here in Queensland and provides a great opportunity for us coaches to watch these players continue to improve. It is also a great opportunity for some of the younger players to meet some of the older players as role models. Case in point, there was a young 9 year old girl who played in a junior boys team, and she was so excited to see so many older girls playing futsal and even came to get a photo with them. Additionally there were many players who hadn’t made the state teams and were playing to show coaches that they have what it takes for future selections. This highlights the massive benefit for Futsal the sport & players alike that the ” Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup ” offers with its professional set up & execution.” Mary says
The Craig Foster Challenge is the marquee event in the Queensland Futsal Calander.
The Tounament is a representative regional competition with reprentative teams from South East Queensland and Far North NSW competing to see which Association will be crowned as the “Craig Foster Cup” Champions.
The tournament is aimed at the best futsal players from each FFA Futsal Association in the following age groups:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Boys, 14 Girls,15, Youth, Open Men and Open Women.
Queensland Futsal League are now planning and extending an invitation to all FFA registered clubs/regions throughout Australia & New Zealand to participate in this elite competition.
The “Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup” Trophy is awarded to the Region/ Club that accumulates the most points overall based on a point allocation system throughout the competition.
Teams are also awarded trophies and medals upon becoming “Champions/Runners up” in their respective groups.
New age groups coming from 2013 are from U/9s thru to 16s, Youth (17-19) open men’s & women’s, over 35s as well as 13 & 15 girls. .
Please ask your Association about trials.
NOTE FROM CRAIG FOSTER
“Its a great please to have this event named after me. I have been a long fan of futsal. It’s speed and technical aspect of the game is beneficial to our players both futsal and the outdoor game. It’s no secret the success of the South American countries at FIFA World Cup events is based on the players development through Futsal.
As patron of the Queensland Futsal League, I am both excited and proud to be part of this organisation, improving the development of players is a significant aspect of our strategy and with continuous expansion of this event each year, I, together with Andrew Parkes, Joe Di Meglio and Armando Cacace, look forward to Queensland’s continuous Futsal growth.”