Serious players combine, compete

Sam Gray

Sam Gray

Wagga junior players serious about their futsal may have another opportunity to play at a high level.

Wagga Futsal coordinator Sam Gray has been in talks with Football NSW, in a bid to enter a suite of squads in the State Titles in October.

The growth of the local social competition, from 50 to 220 juniors in four years, has enabled competitive teams to form and flourish according to Gray.

“We hope to expand further and have competitions for under 8’s in the new futsal season,” he said.

Gray will offer futsal coach education programs, that in turn, will lift the standard of soccer in the Riverina.

“Many of today's best players have nothing but praise for futsal in terms of skill development,” he said.

Due to the success of the inaugural Wagga Futsal Cup in 2016, Wagga will again host the tournament in November 2017.

There were 12 teams playing last year, and this year’s tournament is set to expand, as teams from Western and Southern NSW and ACT Capital Football have cited interest in attending.