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The Irish Football Association has supported members of the Men’s and Women’s Futsal leagues to help launch the Northern Ireland Futsal Federation to continue to develop and showcase the sport within Northern Ireland.
Futsal in Northern Ireland has continued to grow over the years with 27 teams currently competing in the Women’s leagues (4 Divisions) and 10 teams within the Men’s leagues (Premiership and Championship) and over 500 registered players.
Futsal creates an environment that allow young people to simulate and develop many skills and proficiencies that are transferrable to the 11-a-side game. Research indicates that individual’s playing Futsal receive the ball six times more often than they would do playing 11-a-side. Due to the recognised benefits that Futsal offers for the technical development of football players the IFA and IFA Foundation has supported the establishment of the Northern Ireland Futsal Federation to develop, grow and enhance the sport of Futsal in Northern Ireland.
The NI Futsal Federation key responsibilities will be to promote, organise and administer the domestic Futsal Leagues (both Men and Women) in Northern Ireland. Over the course of their inaugural season/year, NI Futsal Federation will collectively put together a Long Range Plan (LRP) that will set strategic goals to achieve specific aims. In the short term the clear priorities are to establish and promote the Leagues, support Member Clubs to develop their clubs, enhance the standard of futsal being played and grow the Club Membership of NI Futsal Federation to ensure long term sustainability.
While NIFF will ultimately be owned by all the member clubs that compete in the Leagues (both Men and Women Clubs) with a centralised management board to administer and make executive decisions for and on behalf of the Member Clubs.
Members of the inaugural management board are:
Vicky Thompson (22nd Ladies)
Hannah Firth (Ballymena Ladies)
Stuart Jordan (Belfast United)
Emily Jones (Afrimeripean),
Laura Devine (Ballymena Ladies)
Terry Cassidy (Foyle Belles)
Martin Cassidy (Omagh Futsal)
Paul Kane (Belfast Celtic)
Simon Kelly (Sparta),
Aruna Djalo (World United).
The Management Committee will also be supported by staff of the IFA Foundation:
Ryan Adams (NIFF Interim Chairman)
NIFF are also proud to continue partnership with Belfast-based Cathedral Eye Clinic, the official eye health and laser surgery partner of the Irish Football Association and official Futsal partner.
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