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17/18 MARCH
a big year AHEAD...
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Happy New Year to you all and welcome
to the January issue of the Power of
Five. Looking back at 2011 there were
many milestones for the game.
From creating opportunities to launch
Girls and Women’s Futsal accumulating
in the inaugural NZF Girls and Women’s
Tournament to establishing high profile
awareness for the game by securing a
regular spot for the ASB National Futsal
League on Sky Sports, we worked
successfully across the board with minimal
resources for the rate of growth.
2012 will be a year where we service and
sustain our current growth rate.
One key area we will target is the Coach
Framework. By mid 2012 you will see
the launch of the Junior and Youth Futsal
Coach Framework with federation based
Coach Educators providing the Junior
and Youth Coaching curriculum to what
will essentially be our first generation of
formally qualified coaches in New Zealand.
This will ensure the that this generation of
futsal players will receive a quality, fun and
progressive experience throughout their
player pathway.
Staffing and resource at a regional level
is also targeted area into growing the
game. We are currently reviewing regional
submissions that will see finance injected
into the game for staff and resources that
will ensure each federation has permanent
staff members dedicated to futsal
development and the equipment to deliver
the player development programmes.
There will be plenty more surprises and no
doubt a few hurdles along the way, so sit
tight for an exciting journey through 2012...
Dave Payne
NZF Futsal Development Manager
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TO establish futsal specific national
framework in 2012
The creation of an aligned futsal
framework was the focus of a National
Futsal Development Workshop held in
Auckland in November.
The workshop brought together
representatives from OFC, New Zealand
Football, federations and the Futsal Whites
to discuss and develop a strategy to
further enhance the development of the
code as well as prioritise the stages of
development in an agreed timeline.
The key outcome was the establishment
of a Futsal Coach Framework Working
Group charged with developing the
national framework in conjunction with
NZF staff.
New Zealand Football Futsal Development
Manager Dave Payne was excited by the
outcomes of the workshop.
“We have agreed on a strategy and
now we have a group with varied skills
from futsal backgrounds working on
establishing a futsal specific national
framework to align with the philosophy of
the Whole of Football Plan.”
“The group will cover all aspects
of structure, content and delivery
mechanisms to ensure all areas are
covered,” said Payne.
NZF’s core football development staff
took the opportunity to explain the Whole
of Football Plan and where futsal could
integrate and compliment the current
framework, whilst building some specific
strategies for futsal.
Currently, futsal sits mainly in the youth
section of the community recreational
pathway, but the alignment of philosophy
within the current Whole of Football
Plan was seen as a key objective with
the gathered experts crucial to the
development of the national framework.
“Due to this positioning, it is currently
not being delivered within the Whole of
Football Plan strategies at stage one.
However, there are a lot of synergies
between the great work taking place
in futsal and the future direction of the
Whole of Football Plan,” said Acting
Director of Football Development Bev
“There is no doubt futsal aligns to the
main principles of the Whole of Football
plan, it is an area that offers significant
growth, allows players to accumulate
more hours due to its flexibility all year
round and will no doubt heavily assist in
developing technically proficient players.”
Zealand we can start to offer specific
programmes for players and coaches to
specifically develop better futsal players.
Our job was to identify the priorities for
Futsal Development short and long term
and to identify what is required at what
stages,” she continued.
With the focus of the junior coaching
framework on small sided games it was
agreed that futsal could leverage off of the
current curriculum through the creation of
an introduction to futsal module within the
established framework.
The priority for resources will be the youth
age category (13 – 19 years) with specific
coaching modules created to support
the specialisation of the sport especially
in the areas of tactical and technical
A pilot programme will be developed
between now and April next year in
conjunction with the seven federations,
with a trial set for May and the eventual
implementation through dedicated futsal
development staff across the country in
July 2012.
“There are specific stages to player
development where futsal compliments
and integrates with football, however
there are stages where we believe in New
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AFF East City player/coach Nathan Robertson (white) tangles
with Capital Futsal’s Micky Malivuk (left) while Kareem Osman
looks on. BELOW: Mainland Futsal Canterbury’s player/coach
Jakub Sinkora (red) in action against NFF Massey’s Chris Thorpe.
ASB National League
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Auckland lead ASB FUTSAL National League
after DOMINATING the opening SERIES
in DUNEDIN in december
Auckland Football’s AFF-East City Futsal
went top of the table in the ASB Futsal
National League after dominating the
opening weekend at the Edgar Centre in
Dunedin with a perfect four wins from
four matches.
Lead by Futsal Whites captain and
influential pivot Marvin Eakins, AFF-East
City defeated Northern Futsal Massey and
Central Futsal Hawke’s Bay with respective
8-2 and 12-1 hammerings on Saturday
before edging Capital Futsal 2-1 and
Mainland Futsal 3-0 on Sunday to lead the
standings on goal difference from Mainland
with a game in hand.
The depth of the Auckland squad was
always a factor, with player/coach Nathan
Robertson having seven current or exFutsal Whites to call upon.
Rising stars Richie Sullivan and influential
playmaker Felipe Bernardi enjoyed solid
weekends in Series One with both players
scoring vital goals in the Capital and
Mainland games.
Eakins and Bakr-Al Saudi lead the way in the
scoring stakes for the league leaders with four
apiece, while former Futsal White goalkeeper
Clayton Chappell was the top shot stopper
on display with a series of commanding
performances throughout the weekend.
Mainland, whose loss to AFF-East City
was the only blot on their copybook after
five games, were the surprise package
of the league’s opening weekend. They
announced their intentions with a shock
4-3 win over last year’s runners up Capital
Futsal in the series opener.
The teams traded goals but Sam Mitchell’s
strike with seven and a half minutes left
proved the decider and set Mainland on
their way to further wins over NFF Futsal
Massey, Futsal South and Central Futsal
Hawke’s Bay.
Player/coach Jakub Sinkora was the star
performer for Mainland, leading the golden
boot race after netting five goals, and
providing much of the creative spark for his
excellent unit.
Ryan Batty and Daniel Burns were other top
performers for Mainland and both weighed
in with their share of goals.
Mainland look to be one of the most
exciting sides in this year’s league and
head into Series Two knowing a similar
showing to their Dunedin effort will all but
assure them of a place in the semi-finals.
Futsal South proved they will be real
contenders also, after an excellent
weekend on their home court saw them
finish Series One in third place.
The Southerners beat both Central Futsal
teams - Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu, as
well as NFF Futsal Massey, with their only
loss coming in their South Island derby
against Mainland.
Brazilian Carlos Herrmann was in superb
form at the Edgar Centre and looks to be
one of the top targets in the competition,
with a sublime array of skills and great
finishing ability.
The southerners also had the experience
of Queenstown - based Brazilians, Raul
Werlang, Pedro Neto, Wagner Santana
and Gabriel Ruiz to call upon and this has
added to much flair to the squad.
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With Peter Rae and Darren Hart also in good
form, Futsal South will head into Series Two
in Auckland full of confidence.
After a disappointing first up loss in Series
One against Futsal South, Central Futsal
Manawatu completed a very good weekend
with wins over NFF Futsal Massey, Central
Futsal Hawke’s Bay and a draw with Capital
Powerful Futsal Whites target Greg O’Connor led
the way with four goals, while Scott Mudgway
once again directed traffic from pivot, continuing
his excellent form from last season.
New flanker Tyson Brandt will be another to
watch in Auckland after showing tremendous
pace and real ability in one v ones in his first
outing in Dunedin.
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Dunedin once again proved to be an
unhappy hunting ground for last year’s
finalists, Capital Futsal, who managed just
two draws and two losses in the opening
series, with their inability to create enough
goalscoring chances a telling factor over
the weekend.
This, coupled with some rare defensive
lapses, most notably against Mainland
and Hawke’s Bay, means Capital head to
Auckland in fifth place on the table, which
won’t please coach Brian Blellock.
Futsal White target Micky Malivuk scored
three goals in Series One and looks the one
player always capable of providing the allimportant goal for the Wellingtonians.
Meanwhile, Shingo Ina continues to grow
in stature as one of the classiest players
Player/coach Murray Burling will be pleased to in the league, but Capital will need much
see his side sitting fourth, poised for a return more from him and Brazilian pivot Enrico
to the semi finals - but Auckland remains a
Meirelles to get their campaign back on
tough assignment for Manawatu, with five
games over two days, including two local
derbies and encounters with table toppers
Newcomers Central Futsal - Hawke’s Bay
Auckland and Mainland on the Sunday.
had a tough weekend in Series One but
Marvin Eakins, AFF East City, captain
emerged with some credit after a 3-3 draw
with last year’s finalists, Capital Futsal and
two one goals losses against Futsal South
and Central Futsal - Manawatu.
Perennial golden boot contender Nat Wright
was, as expected, a key figure in Hawke’s
Bay’s fortunes, his hat trick against Capital
the major highlight for his team, but too
often he was a marginal figure in general
Coach Mark Cozens will continue to rely
on youth in Series Two with at least half
the side only 15 and 16 years old. Of
those youngsters, flanker Simon Stallard in
particular, was a standout in Dunedin.
At the back for Hawke’s Bay, experienced
pivot Patrick Pilz provided a strong
defensive platform for his side, allowing
them to occasionally launch their high
energy counter-attacking style to good
It was a tough first series for newcomers
NFF Futsal Massey, with the newly-formed
side finding themselves at the bottom
Two of the standout players of Series One, Carlos Herrmann (green strip) and Central Futsal - Manawatu’s
Scott Mudgway. PHOTO: RAB SMITH
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Capital Futsal 3 Malivuk, Rhazouk, Ederidge
Mainland Futsal 4 Mitchell, Sinkora, Burns, Batty
NFF-Futsal Massey2
AFF-Futsal East City8
A Al-Saudi, Weanthong
Major, Eakins 2, B Al-Saudi 2, Robertson, Ragued, Bernardi
Futsal South4Rae, Hermann 2, Hart
Central Futsal-Hawke’s Bay3 Jackson 2, Stallard
NFF-Futsal Massey1Jaimeetham
Mainland Futsal
2 Sinkora 2
Central Futsal-Manawatu1O’Connor
Futsal South2
Santana, Hermann
Central Futsal-Hawke’s Bay3
Capital Futsal
Wright 3
Osman, Malivuk, Soleimanpour
Mainland Futsal
Futsal South
5 Sinkora, Burns 2, Batty 2
2Rae, Costa Ruiz
Capital Futsal
Central Futsal-Manawatu
AFF-Futsal East City
12 Eakins 2, Ragued, B Al-Saudi 2, C Manickum, D Manickum, Major, Hart 2, o.g. 2
Central Futsal-Hawke’s Bay1Cozens
Central Futsal - Hawke’s Bay flanker Simon Stallard.
of the table going into Series Two. The
northerners found goals hard to come by
in Dunedin, hitting the back of the net only
three times and player/coach Arthur Ng
will be looking for a better return this time
from targets Authman Al-Saudi and Montri
Versatile skipper Chris Thorpe was a
standout performer in Series One and the
team will take heart from their spirited fight
back in the final stages of their opening
game against cross-town rivals AFF East
Series Two of the ASB Futsal National
League takes place at ASB Stadium in
Kohimarama, Auckland on 3/4 February
while Series Three (including finals) is set
for 17/18 March at the ASB Community
Stadium in Wellington.
NFF-Futsal Massey
Central Futsal-Manawatu
5 O’Connor 2, Brandt, Kilani, Burling
Mainland Futsal
Central Futsal-Hawke’s Bay0
Mitchell, Al-Seenani, Sinkora
AFF-Futsal East City
Capital Futsal
2 Major, Bernardi
Futsal South
NFF-Futsal Massey
Central Futsal-Manawatu
Central Futsal-Hawke’s Bay3
AFF-Futsal East City
Mainland Futsal
Sannum, Hart, Werlang, Neto, Costa Ruiz, Santana
Mudgway 2, Kilani, Jones
Barham 2, Wright
Sullivan 2, D Manickum
AFF-Futsal East City4400254
Mainland Futsal
5 4 0 1 14 9 +5 12
Futsal South 4 3 0 1 14 9 +5 9
Central Futsal-Mwtu 4 2 1 1 11 7 +4 7
Capital Futsal
4 0 2 2 8 10 -2 2
Central Futsal-HBay 5 0 1 4 10 26 -16 1
NFF-Futsal Massey 4 0 0 4 4 21 -17 0
5 Jakub SINKORA (Mainland Futsal)
4 Bakr AL-SAUDI (AFF East City Fustal)
Marvin EAKINS (AFF East City Futsal)
Greg O’CONNOR (Central Futsal Manawatu)
Nat WRIGHT (Central Futsal Hawke’s Bay)
3 Micky Malivuk (Capital Futsal)
Ryan Batty (Mainland Futsal)
Daniel Burns (Mainland Futsal)
Miro MAJOR (AFF East City Futsal)
Carlos Hermann (Futsal South)
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NFF Futsal
Futsal development programmes for junior
and youth in three centres (HBC, Massey
– Albany, West Wave – Henderson) with
an adults league operating at Massey on
Monday nights
We have delivered three successful futsal open
days to the community in 2011 and received a
great response from the community.
A NFF/Massey University team is also
participating the ASB National League
We are now working with West Wave
to provide coaching sessions for home
schooled students and with East Coast
Bays FC to provide futsal as a development
tool for their players.
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East City
Here at East City Futsal, our Spring league
is well underway with some competitions in
the final weeks. The standard in the premier
competition is again strong with several
teams vying for the glory of taking the Cup.
Our focus in the past month or two has been
GABBS (the Great Auckland Bargain Book Fair
– 24 hours long) which is our only fundraiser
and held on 5th/6th November. It was
fabulous to see all our members participating
– particularly our National League Training
Squad who volunteered a phenomenal
number of hours between them; some
members working throughout the night.
We are now focusing on the National League
Series Two competition at our home stadium
in Kohimarama, after a successful Series One
in Dunedin in December.
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Hawke’s Bay
Hawke’s Bay has enjoyed its biggest and
best ever year with around sixty teams
taking part in our recently completed Spring
There was plenty to be encouraged about
in 2011 with a particular highlight being
the launch of our Thursday Premier League
played on a full sized court at Centennial Hall.
Our Tuesday night PG Arena leagues saw
over fifty junior and youth teams participate
and we were delighted to re-introduce our
girls/womens’ league, this time with eight
teams taking part.
The success of all our leagues has largely
been due to the tireless efforts of Jo Webber,
who has taken the organisation of Hawke’s
Bay Futsal to a new level. The demand in
AFF has had big movement in the amount
of kids kicking a futsal ball with the
implementation of the ‘Futsal in Schools’
program. More kids every week are showing
their skills!!
A new addition to the futsal community is
Futsal Avondale. This new league has had
a successful first season with plenty more
interest to push it into potentially two leagues.
The established East City has continued to
provide several leagues at various levels while
producing quality players. Many have and
currently represent the Futsal Whites.
2012 is going to be a huge growth year for
AFF Futsal especially through the junior and
youth age groups. Watch this space!
Central Futsal Hawke’s Bay National League team with Technical Advisor Juliano Schmeling (far left) and Coach
Mark Cozens (far right).
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2012 is expected to increase and we expect
to head towards that magic number of 100
teams, court space permitting.
We also launched our college programme in
November - this saw HB Futsal Development
Manager Nat Wright introducing futsal in
several local schools as part of an initiative
launched by NZ Football Futsal, KiwiSport
and Sport Hawke’s Bay. This work will
continue in the New Year, culminating in the
3rd Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools Futsal
Championships at Pettigrew Green Arena in
Another highlight took place in September,
when NZ Football’s Ken Wallace conducted
our first ever Level One Futsal Referees
Course. This means Central Football
now has around 20 qualified futsal at its
disposal in Hawke’s Bay.
The biggest news of all was probably
entering a side in the ASB National League.
The emphasis was very much on youth with
at least half the squad born in 1995/96.
Coach Mark Cozens has done a great job
with the side and after a tough start in
Series One, we look forward to an improved
effort in Auckland in February.
The players are all looking forward to
further sessions with our Auckland-based
technical advisor Juliano Schmeling.
thoughout the summer.
A special thank you to our new partner
Kennedy Park Motor Camp, sponsors of
Central Futsal Hawke’s Bay ASB National
League team.
Capital Futsal
Capital Futsal has made the big transition
into Capital Football, and their new home at
the ASB Sports Centre.
Primary/Junior Leagues have doubled in
size, and the new Premier Men has two
divisions of eight teams, playing on full-size
international courts, with 20 minute halves.
The KiwiSport funded, College Sport
facilitated College Programme has
developed and affected almost every
central Wellington school. In 2012 the Hutt
Valley will be receiving more opportunities
to participate.
At the top end, the National League team
has been training and playing weekly in our
amazing new facility as we look to go one
better on our Runner Up in the inaugural
NZF National League of 2010/2011.
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As a development programme, an U19
team has been selected and training since
June. They will be the first Capital team to
play in the FFA Nationals in Canberra, as
well as an U13 team (see in this issue).
League Finals were in mid December, as
were the Junior College Sport Champs.
Then all eyes are on a big 2012 with huge
growth expected again as word spreads of
the beautiful game.
Late January we will again be hosting
holiday tournaments, before leagues start
in early February.
In March we host the College Sport
Champs, as well as the National College,
and National Men’s League Final.
All details up soon on our website. Contact
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Mainland Futsal
As Mainland Futsal’s first year of existence
came to a close we were able to look
back with pride at all that the local and
representative teams have achieved and
look forward with great excitement to 2012.
Our leagues are now running three days
a week and there is some great talent on
the court and good atmosphere at all the
sessions. The biggest issue locally is lack
of court space - post earthquake - as many
sports try and cram into the few remaining
venues. The quicker the council builds
QEII’s replacement, the better for us all.
Highlight of the last few months has been
the Girls Nationals. We took two teams into
the Women’s Competition and Canterbury
Red, coached by Maria Sinclair, ended up
winning. Many congratulations to all the
players, they trained very hard and it is
always great to get that effort rewarded.
To cap a great weekend Serena Patel was
named Golden Boot and Player of the
Tournament, so well done to her as well.
Thanks to everyone involved in making it
such a great competition.
Next up is the Men’s National League and
we all look forward to seeing what that will
For more information on the area go to or search for
the Mainland Futsal Group on Facebook.
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Serena Patel, Canterbury Red, Player of the
Canterbury Red, National Champions!
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NEW ZEaland junior teams at FFA Futsal
Nationals in canberra
Four New Zealand teams have just
returned from the gala event on the
Australasian futsal calendar, the 33rd
annual FFA Futsal Nationals. Two teams
from Auckland Football Federation,
Auckland Rio and Auckland Sampa, took
part in the 11th Grade Boys, while Capital
Futsal had representatives in the Men’s
Youth and 13th Grades.
As is always the case with the FFA
Nationals, it was a tough assignment for
the New Zealand teams. Auckland Rio
were still in the hunt for a semi-final place
going in to their last group game after wins
over ACT Colts and Auckland Sampa in the
group phase, before eventually succumbing
to ACT Cobras. A big highlight for Rio was
goalkeeper Darcy Brown being awarded
11 Boys MVP after a series of outstanding
displays between the sticks.
The younger Auckland Sampa team also
put in a creditable performance during their
week at MPowerdome, the highlights being
their excellent 4-1 victory over eventual
semi-finalists Queensland and a hard-fought
3-3 draw with ACT Cobras. Coach Juliano
Schmeling impressed all with this ability to
organise the defensive pattern of his side,
made up largely of 9 and 10 year olds.
The Capital youth team was also on
the younger end of the scale, with the
exception of outstanding skipper, 2010
Futsal White Izaac O’Hara, who led the
team from pivot. Coach Matt Fejos was
encouraged by his team’s performances
throughout the week and by the knowledge
that all players will be eligible to play in the
youth grade for at least another year.
Hawke’s Bay goalkeeper Mitch Webber,
who filled in at late notice, can play in this
age group for another four years.
After a heartbreaking last minute 6-5 loss
to Victoria in their opening game, Capital
succumbed to the highly experienced
NSW Thunder and Lightning sides, as well
as ACT Cobras, but bounced back with a
tremendous 2-2 draw with ACT Colts and
another narrow loss at the hands of South
A 6-3 loss to a very good NSW Lightning
side and a 4-4 draw with ACT Colts were the
highlights for the Capital 13th grade boys.
NSW were dominant in most grades on
finals day on the Friday at AIS Arena,
and a large crowd saw a steady stream
of Thunder and Lightning sides on the
winner’s podium throughout the day. 2011
NZF Futsal National League Golden Boot
winner Jarrod Basger picked up a gold
medal after his side beat Daniel Fulton’s
ACT Cobras 3-1 in the tournament’s
showpiece game in the evening.
Crowd favourites Solomons Islands once
again took part in the tournament, this time
in the 16th grade. As usual, the outstanding
squad of future Kurukuru players dazzled
everyone with their exciting array of skills
before bowing out in extra time of their
semi final against ACT Cobras at Australian
National University.
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Mainland Futsal crowned inaugural
national women’s champions
Mainland Futsal Red are the queens
of New Zealand’s women’s futsal after
winning the inaugural NZF-Futsal Girls
and Women’s National Championships
in Wellington over Labour Weekend.
“There were a lot of talented players
coming through in all the regions that
competed and the support from futsal staff
in the federations made sure the event was
success off court as well,” Payne said.
Aces-Rotorua 11 v (WEGC) East Beasts-Wellington 1
Marist Flyers-Wellington 1 v Waterside Karori-Wellington 5
Auckland Meninas 15 v (WEGC)East Beasts-Wellington 1
Waterside Karori-Wellington 4 v Mainland Futsal BlackCanterbury 0
Mainland Futsal Red-Canterbury 13 v Aces-Rotorua 1
Marist Flyers-Wellington 1 v Northern-Whangarei 0
Making up for a 2-3 defeat in pool play,
Mainland Red, one of two teams sent north
from Mainland, beat Auckland Meninas 2-1
in a thrilling final at the ASB Sports Centre.
“It’s clear from the level of enthusiasm
on show from players, coaches and
administrators that girls and women’s futsal
will go from strength to strength.”
Plate Semi Finals
Aces-Rotorua 1 v Mainland Futsal Black-Canterbury 7
Marist Flyers-Wellington 19 v Wellington East Girls College
(WEGC) East Beasts-Wellington 0
With 13 goals to her credit, Mainland’s
Serena Patel picked up the Golden Boot
and Player of the Tournament awards to
cap a great weekend, while Auckland’s
Dani Bradley was named as the best
Auckland Meninas 7 v Aces-Rotorua 0
Waterside Karori-Wellington 1 v Northern-Whangarei 7
(WEGC) East Beasts-Wellington 0 v Mainland Futsal RedCanterbury 12
Mainland Futsal Black-Canterbury 2 v Marist FlyersWellington 1
Mainland Futsal Red-Canterbury 2 v Auckland Meninas 3
Northern-Whangarei 2 v Mainland Futsal Black-Canterbury 0
In the under 15 division, Upper Hutt were
dominant as Upper Hutt Black edged Upper
Hutt Orange for the title.
In the senior final, Mainland held a 1-0
advantage at halftime but a penalty for
hand ball saw the Aucklanders level shortly
after the break.
Mainland got themselves back in front but
had to survive a wave of attacks in the final
stages to grind out the victory.
NZF Futsal Development Manager Dave
Payne was impressed with the skill on
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Championship Semi Finals
Auckland Meninas 3 v Waterside Karori-Wellington 2
Northern-Whangarei 3 v Mainland Futsal Red-Canterbury 4
Championship Final
Auckland Meninas 1 v Mainland Futsal Red-Canterbury 2
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a highlight
for me was
playing in Brazil
a season back
in 2009
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Ex-Maccabi Hakoah playmaker Daniel
Fulton is one of the rising stars on
the Australian futsal scene. Equally
well-known on this side Tasman after
a string of outstanding performances
that helped Maccabi to the inaugural
NZF Futsal National League title in
2011, Fulton is now back in his home
town of Canberra, representing ACT
Cobras in the FFA Nationals, pushing
hard for a place in the Futsalroos and
even preparing for a return to winter
football. Everyone Power of Five talked
to in Canberra told us the dynamic 2011
National League MVP was still in red
hot form, and we caught up with him a
couple of days after Cobras went down
3-1 to NSW Thunder in the showpiece
Men’s Final at the AIS Arena in January.
Well first up Daniel - a belated
congratulations from Power of Five on last
year’s National league title and of course
being chosen as MVP. It must have been a
great experience taking part.
Thank you. Yes, it certainly was a
memorable and positive experience for me
and the team. We thoroughly enjoyed the
league and the challenge. It was also good
to be a part of something that is a building
block for the development of New Zealand
futsal players.
In NSW I understand they are using a
similar format for their competition...
Yes, they certainly are. The F-League was
a great step forward for Futsal in Australia
with teams from NSW, ACT and VICTORIA
taking part over three weekends.
Tell us a little bit about your futsal
experience Daniel - where and when you
first started playing and some of your
highlights. How did you first get introduced
to the game? And did you play in the FFA
Nationals in Canberra as a youngster?
I started playing Futsal when I was 10
years old. Just like most juniors in a
school hall with some school friends. I was
fortunate enough to then be selected to
play for ACT at my very first FFA Nationals
in 2000 and have played in it every year
since. Since then, I have been able to play
futsal around the world with a highlight
for me playing in Brazil for a season, with
a team called Minas back in 2009. Since
then I have tried applying what I have
learnt to my game here in particular when
I was with Maccabi. The highlights of the
last couple of years have been winning
a number of leagues with the boys at
Maccabi, winning two of the last three
FFA National titles and being personally
awarded three MVP awards in the last two
years has certainly been memorable.
What about outdoor football. Do you still
play? Was there ever a time when you had
to choose between which game you were
going to specialise in?
I will be playing outdoor again this coming
season. In the past I have been playing
on and off depending on what Futsal
opportunities have been available during
winter, such as the opportunity to play in
Brazil. I was playing with the ACT outdoor
football academy until I was 13 and it was
at that point that I decided that I wanted
to concentrate on Futsal and only played
football from then on with friends in social
You’re based in ACT, so no longer with
Maccabi. What are you up to down there?
Canberra is your home town, right?
Yeah I grew up in Canberra and have lived
here my entire life. I made the decision
to return to playing in my hometown
Canberra, after five years of playing with
two Sydney clubs one of which being
Maccabi. I had been playing in Sydney
to develop as a player, to learn from the
best coaches, and to play in the best
league available. Maccabi was one of the
most positive experiences I’ve ever had.
The club is so professional and provide
their players and staff with amazing
opportunities. Canberra now have a
team in the NSW Premier League called
Boomerangs and they approached me
last year to see if I would be interested in
coming home to play. It means that I can
train here in Canberra, Fifteen minutes
from home as opposed to three hours, and
travel with the team on the weekends for
games, which has been fantastic. Added
bonus with less travel is that I can play in
more local competitions.
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At 13 I decided that I wanted to
concentrate on Futsal and only
played football from then on in social
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So you’re playing futsal regularly in the
local competition?
Yep. We wrapped up the ACT Premier
League season just before Christmas.
My Canberra City Prawns team ended up
winning the final 4-3 and I walked away
with Golden Boot for the league which
was an added bonus.
Your team, ACT Cobras made the final of this
year’s championships. Although you lost to
NSW Thunder you must be pretty happy with
how the team went? Tell us a little bit about
how the week went for you guys...
Yeah, it was an exhausting week if I’m
honest, with 9 games in total. This was my
first nationals back with ACT after playing
for NSW the previous five years. We had
a mixed week but found form at the right
times and our results rewarded us with a
place in the final. Thunder, our opponent
in the final, was a tough side and with a
few injuries to players we got very tired.
So, to find ourselves in extra time didn’t
leave much in the tank and Thunder
punished us. Overall I know the team are
satisfied with the result and we can now
learn from it and work towards next year.
What about coaches and players on the
Australian scene? Who are some of the
inspirational figures you have worked with
in the game?
That’s a tough question, because I
certainly personally like to look at what
skills various players excel at and try to
adapt that particular skill to my game. I
love watching Futsalroo players like Chris
Zeballos, who is technically gifted and
Trent Flanigan, whose ability to pass a
ball is phenomenal. Overall though Simon
Keith has been a huge figure in mentoring
me and in helping me develop as a player
on and off the field. As for coaches, same
thing again, I think different coaches bring
different things to the table that you as
a player can draw upon and learn from.
Scott Gilligan was fantastic at mentally
preparing me as a player. Steve Knight’s
ability to teach tactical and technical areas
of the game is second to none here in
Australia, and the intensity in which Jamie
Amendolia brings to his training sessions
as a coach is awesome.
Do you feel like futsal is ‘on the up’ in
Australia’? Is the game progressing?
I do think Futsal in Australia is
progressing, how fast is the next question.
I certainly believe that the right questions
are being asked and the way forward
is becoming clearer. I also think the
F-League is fantastic and the proposed
format for 2012 looks to be a good thing
and with the potential pathway to the
Asian Club Championship as an incentive,
I think this will drive the sport in a good
What’s next for you in terms of futsal,
future plans? You must be knocking pretty
hard on that Futsalroos door by now?
2012 will be a good year. I have recently
been sponsored by futsal brand ‘Joma’
and it has opened some exciting doors
to promote futsal and their brand in the
coming months. Yeah, I will be training
hard over the next month to try and
impress Steve and earn a spot in the
final fourteen squad for the Asian Cup
Qualifiers and hopefully make my debut.
Editor’s Note: At the time of writing, Daniel had just been selected
in the 24 man Qantas Futsalroos train-on squad, to prepare for
the AFC Championships. Also selected were his former Maccabi
Hakoah team mates Simon Keith and Jarrod Basger.
CALENDAR 2011/12
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Sat/Sun 11/12 February 2012
National League Series 2
ASB Stadium, Auckland
Sat/Sun 11/12 February 2012
Futsal - NZ Masters Games
Edgar Centre, Dunedin
Sat/Sun 3/4 March 2012
Coaching Workshop with Jose Venancio Lopez (National Coach - Spain)
ASB Stadium, Auckland
Sat/Sun 17/18 March 2012
National League Series 3
ASB Sports Centre, Wellington
Sat/Sun 26/27 March 2012
NZF-Futsal Secondary Schools National Futsal Championships
ASB Sports Centre, Wellington
Mon-Fri 21-25 May 2012 FIFA Futsal Level 1 Licence (TBC)
ASB Stadium, Auckland
Fri-Sun 6-8th July 2012
National Junior Festival/National Youth Champs (TBC)
ASB Sports Centre, Wellington
Sat-Sun 27-28 October 2012
NZF-Futsal Girls and Women’s Tournament (TBC)
ASB Sports Centre, Wellington
Sat-Sun 8-9 December 2012
ASB Futsal National League Series 1 Venue TBC
The New Zealand Secondary School
Sports Council (NZSSSC) National
Futsal Championships on 26/27
March 2012 is set to be a pinnacle
event on the national Futsal calendar.
With the New Zealand Football-Futsal
College Programme now operating in
many regions and expanding nationwide
in 2012 this competition is set to go
from strength to strength. Get amongst
it and become a part of the rapid
development of this great game!
• NZSSSC National Futsal
Championships 2012
• Secondary School Tournament week
Monday and Tuesday March 26th27th 2012
• ASB Indoor Sports Centre Wellington
• Three grades:
Junior Boys-Years 9-10
Senior Boys- Years 11-13
Open Girls- Years 9-13
• $357 per team entry
• Payment must be made in full no
later than 14 days prior to event kick
off (12th March).
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For just over two years, NZ Football
Development Manager Dave Payne
has led the integration of futsal into
NZ Football’s ‘Whole of Football” Plan.
He has a number of higlights to look
back on in this period, not the least
of which is the ASB National League,
which now features on Sky TV. A
tireless advocate for futsal, Power of
Five found Payne in his usual upbeat
mood, and full of enthusiasm for the
upcoming programmes and projects to
be rolled out over the next year, as he
looks to cement futsal’s future in New
Zealand’s sporting landscape.
Dave, its been just over two years since you
came into the role of Futsal Development
Manager at NZ Football. A lot has happened
in that time. Are you happy with the progress
of the game in New Zealand?
Yes, I can most definitely say a big yes. I am
happy with where we have got to in such a
short space of time. The rapid progress has
had its rough side though and I think all of
us involved with development of futsal have
had to make a lot of sacrifices off the court to
get to where we have. Again though it is this
sheer determination of the futsal community
to drive the game forward that has pushed us
through to this stage.
Why is futsal important?
Because it’s the most exciting, rewarding and
enjoyable sport in the world. We have just got
to make sure everyone gets a taste of it and
we’ll have them hooked!
What have been the major highlights for you
in terms of developing the game?
There have been many milestones in the
game in the last two years. The College Futsal
Programme has provided us with a platform
for rapid growth and seeing college students
come through into the National League teams
really puts a smile on my face. The first national
girls and womens tournament was a big leap
forward into the womens side of the game and
we were all very pleased with the standard.
The ASB Futsal National League. One project
I really enjoyed was the Futsal in Schools
programme we developed with AFF Futsal,
Counties Manukau Sport and Otara Leisure
Centre for Otara in South Auckland. Training
coaches from the Manukau Institute of futsal
to be able to go back into their community and
deliver free coaching to the primary schools
was great. The kids loved it and nobody missed
out because of poverty. Still watching the kids
loving the game is what drives me.
Do you see any barriers to developing
the game in New Zealand? How can we
overcome these?
In my mind barriers are in every part of
life. My philosophy has always been to not
invest time on breaking barriers but invest
time in developing a good product. Whether
developing sport or a business if you have a
good product barriers move themselves.
It is clear that NZ Football sees the seven
football federations as the key to delivering
and growing the game. Its probably fair
to say not all futsal people can see the
merits of this approach. Can you explain the
thinking behind this?
Put simply, FIFA is the international governing
body of futsal, Oceania is the region’s
FUTSAL IS the most exciting, rewarding
and enjoyable sport in the world. We have
just got to make sure everyone gets a
taste of it and we’ll have them hooked!
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governing body for futsal, NZ Football is the
national governing body for futsal and the
federations are our local governing bodies.
Why try and fight the system? That builds
barriers, working within the system and
adding futsal to it is what we have done.
Most federations were unable to deliver
futsal previously not because of a lack of will
but simply because there was no resource.
By making futsal inclusive as it should be
has meant we can reap the benefits of a
recognised pathway. That has meant we
have secured government and commercial
funding that can be directed to all the regions
of New Zealand not just the ones where the
federations had resource. As of 2012 all
federations will have staff and resources for
futsal development.
What are the role of futsal or football clubs
under the new structure?
There are 500 football clubs in New Zealand.
Virtually all futsal players play football. We
are taking an approach similar to Spain or
to some extent the UK where we develop
futsal clubs from the football clubs. Barcelona
would be a good example of this. Federation
Futsal Centres running club based age/skill
appropriate futsal leagues. Football clubs will
be offered futsal coach education from their
local federation futsal centre coach educators
and develop their club utilising the NZF-Futsal
Player Development Pathway.
A lot has been achieved in Referee Education
in the last two years. You must be pleased
with the growing number of referees we have
in the game.
We have really excelled in the Referee
department. Ken Wallace (NZF Referee
Development Manger) has done a superb job
in educating the federation based referees.
We now have nearly 200 Level One qualified
referees in New Zealand officiating between
500-700 games a week. The Level Two
course will be delivered throughout 2012,
demanding even higher quality referees which
will lift the standard of the game further.
When can we realistically expect to see formal
futsal coaching qualifications in New Zealand?
What form may they take?
The Futsal Coach Development Working
Group was formed late last year with the
task of developing the first stages of Futsal
Coach Education that is New Zealand
specific. Three modular based courses and
one single introduction were sighted as the
highest priority for 2012. The introduction
to futsal-Junior/Youth, Junior Level One,
Youth Level One and Youth Level Two. We
have deliberately left senior for 2013 so we
can focus our resources in the core player
development stages and create a quality
product. By July 2012 Futsal Coach Educators
will be based at every federation delivering
courses throughout their respective regions.
What about junior and youth players. Are
there any plans afoot to develop coaching
or academy based programmes for these
We will be piloting a federation futsal talent
centre model leading to a national futsal talent
centre in the youth framework in late 2012.
This will be the future pathway to the National
League teams and the Futsal Whites.
The National League is now in its second year
and you’ve even managed to get coverage on
Sky TV. It has been great for the game. You
must be delighted with this...
The ASB Futsal National League has been a
great success. Thanks to ASB and Mainland
Futsal Development Manager Richard Bell
utilising his world renowned filming services
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we have managed to get futsal on TV. Getting
exposure on Sky Sports is the best flyer you
can produce to get the game out there. The
feedback to date has been fantastic and the
show will get better and better as we tweak
the look and the teams continue to improve.
Each series last year were blown away with
how the teams just kept stepping up. Series
One this year was by far the best games
we’ve seen yet in New Zealand and it has
been great to see the young guys pushing
into the squads.
The Futsal Whites have had two cracks at
the OFC Championships since you came on
board and finished third both times. Do you
see a gap between New Zealand and say,
Solomon Islands? If so, how do we close that
gap? How long will it take?
The Solomon’s are exceptional futsal
specialists. Not only do they know the game
inside out they have such passion to perform
at the highest level. Accumulated hours of
play/training and starting young is why they
are so dominant. The next four years will be
spent creating futsal specialists with a heavy
focus on youth development in 13-19 age
group. Our goal is to qualify and compete at
the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 and I fully
believe we will achieve this.
What are the main priorities over the next
year or two?
The Player Development Framework is
priority one. Everything revolves around
establishing and maintaining a pathway
for futsal from junior through to senior,
social to elite. That is the priority for the
next five years.
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