The president of Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting/ Sporting Lisbon), Frederico Varandas said: "I think it is time for the big clubs in Europe to look towards futsal.”
The 2019 UEFA U19s Futsal EURO preliminary qualifiers will kick off tomorrow in Lithuania and San Marino and the fixtures will continue until Friday, 25 January.
A record number watched Sporting v SL Benfica via Sporting TV when both clubs met for the first time in their history in the elite round of the UEFA Futsal Champions League.
England is certainly testing themselves this year in preparation for the FIFA Futsal World Qualifiers in January next year.
Portugal, Spain, Russia, and Ukraine top their sections to complete the last four of the first ever UEFA Women's Futsal EUROs 2019.
Wattcell Futsal Club (Scotland), Belfast United Futsal Club (Northern Ireland), Futsamba NAAS (Republic of Ireland), Reading Futsal Club (England) and Cardiff University Futsal Club (Wales) are all taking their next steps in development in the first ever UEFA Futsal Champions League
Northern Ireland Futsal history was made this year when the Irish FA launched their first ever U18 Futsal Championships at Lagan LeisurePlex.
Portugal’s domestic futsal league, Liga Sport Zone, will be granted international coverage through a new rights deal between the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and public-service broadcaster RTP.
Northern Ireland drew in Preliminary round Group A against Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden in the first ever UEFA Futsal Women's EURO
All 23 inaugural entrants will be involved in the UEFA Women's Futsal EURO qualifying draw at 13:30CET on Thursday 5 July in Nyon.