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2013 Craig Foster Challenge

2013 Craig Foster Challenge

” Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup 2013 “

The 2013 Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup lived up to its prestigious reputation on the weekend hosting to over 700 players, its annual tournament at Insports Cornubia Shailer Park Qld.
This year attracting both Interstate & International Teams giving the tournament a whole new dimension with its fast pace and never ending action displaying some of the finest futsal talent in Australia.Teams from Solomon Islands / Victoria & NSW joined the Qld teams from as far as Far North Qld , Tablelands & Bundaberg to be part of the event which was held over the weekend of the 19th & 20th January 2013

With some teams playing up to 6 games in order to make it to the finals , the Futsal was fast & furious all weekend. Regions fielded their selected Representative teams with age groups starting at 9s all the way through to Youth and Open Men’s.
This season the prestigious ” Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup ” competition trophy was awarded to South Brisbane
The venues spectator galleries were at maximum capacity throughout the weekend with all seating taken and standing room only  for the late comers . Estimated crowd numbers being approximatley over 350 people watching the tournament at any given hour. This added enormous atmosphere to the games which inspired all the players to perform at their very best.
Also present in the galleries were the State Futsal Coaches as well as the odd APL Coach , scouting for new talent to add to their watch list for future trials.
Nearly all the matches were hotly contested with many  being decided with only a goal difference being scored in the dying minutes of the game. The visitors from Victoria & Solomon Islands made a hot contest of the tournament with the Victorian Mens team just missing out on a finals berth & the Solomon Islands going thru undefeated all the way to claim the coveted Champions trophy.
” 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
” Although the results didn’t go our way , the team gave a very good account of themselves and received accolades for their efforts ” says Mark ” The Pirates will be back in 2014 !!! “
Armando Cacace , Chief Operations Officer for the Qld Futsal League which administers and operates the ” Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup” 
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 “
Andrew Parkes , Managing Director for the Qld Futsal League says
“ 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.”
Mary Iskander , Football Qlds Girls Coach says
” 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
Golden Boot Award was presented to – Alfie Haester ( Gold Coast )
Most Valuable Player award was presented to Veronica Ptak Zylka ( Qld Futsal Academy)
The Results of the ” Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup 2013 ” are as follows & further details can be found on the website
If you are interested in your Region / Club entering teams into the ” Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup ” for 2014 please feel free to contact Andrew Parkes at
Early expressions of interest are encouraged as this event books out months in advance.
The 2013 ” Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup ” Champion Teams are as follows
9s-  Gold Coast
10s- Gold Coast
11s- Sth Brisbane
12s- Sunshine Coast
13s- Sunshine Coast
14s- South Brisbane
15s- Sunshine Coast
Yth- Solomon Islands
Women’s- Sth Brisbane
Men’s- South Brisbane

Aug 7, 626 days ago

Craig Foster Cup

Craig Foster Cup

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.

“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.”