Matt Fejos is a futsal coach and development officer now based in England with Tranmere Rovers FC, a professional football club. With 10 years’ experience in futsal across playing, coaching and development roles.
This interview is with Steve Harris, born in the USA but has spent almost 40 years in Japan. Fell in love with futsal over 30 years ago while serving in administrative capacities at the Japan Futsal Federation and Futsal Committee of the Japan Football Association for over two decades.
For every nation that took part in the Youth Olympic Futsal Tournament in the Men's and Women's sections in Argentina, this historic event will live long in their memories.
The first ever Youth Olympic Futsal tournament group stages have finished with drama, goals, and skill displayed on the court. Tomorrow the semi-final stage of the competition will take place.
Today, Sunday 7 October 2018 is a date that will go down in the history of the discipline, one on which futsal will make its debut as an Olympic sport following a long fight for it to take its place in the programme.
On the 20 and 23 October 2018 at the Indoor Stadium Huamak, Thailand will host their invitational Futsal tournament called the Thailand 5s Tournament and has invited England to take part along with Malaysia and Uzbekistan.
There are plans afoot to increase the focus on dribbling as a key skill and also an appetite to put futsal at the heart of youth development.
The Paraguayan Futsal team did not fail in their decisive match against Argentina winning 2-1 in this talent-filled duel and was the best in the FIFA Conmebol Futsal Liga Sudamericana 2018 South Zone .
England is certainly testing themselves this year in preparation for the FIFA Futsal World Qualifiers in January next year.
Just over 2 weeks from today, history will kick off in Argentina, Buenos Aires on October 7 when the first ever Futsal tournament for men and women will take place at the Youth Olympics as Futsal has now replaced Football at the prestigious competition.