Final to be played behind closed doors

May 24, 2016 News

Further the communication received from Police, the Futsal Malta Association has commissioned a reputable Security Management company to evaluate the current circumstances, taking into account the disproportionate level of tension between the clubs, the venue set-up and the level of security services available to the association. A site inspection was carried out and a number of stakeholders were interviewed. From the Risk Assessment received this morning, the FMA is being categorically advised to stage the final behind closed doors, in view of the high risk profile, with the aim of putting public safety. Although the FMA is deeply saddened with this recommendation, because of the lost opportunity to promote the game to a higher level, the association feels that public safety. The FMA is therefore informing the clubs that the championship final will be held on Wednesday 25th May at 8.00pm behind closed doors.

Night to remember for Milijic

May 21, 2016 News
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Jovica Milijic stole the show at the MFA Awards 2016 yesterday as the Valletta and Malta international secured the prestigious award of the Futsal player of the year. Milijic, a key figure in Valletta’s march to the final of the Gatorade Elite play-offs, was summoned to the stage during last night’s ceremony, organised by the MFA. It was the FMA president Mark Borg who announced the winner as two other contenders, Melvin Borg and Karl Azzopardi were also nominated for this award. Milijic was born on January 20th 1986, he is 30 years old and has been playing futsal for a number of years with various clubs such as Scandals, Balzan, Hamrun and Valletta. He made his international debut with the Maltese national team in 2013 against Georgia and has made several appearances since then scoring also two goals. At club level he also played in the UEFA Futsal Cup. Read the full article…

Elite Final Leg 3 – Postponed

May 19, 2016 News

Following the Disciplinary Board Decision regarding what happened at the end of the Elite Final’s second leg between Valletta and Hamrun Spartans, the last and decisive match has been postponed. More details to follow about this decision.

Valletta orders the third and decisive final against Hamrun

May 14, 2016 Fixtures

Valletta came out victorious with a 7-6 result during a very tense encounter against Hamrun Spartans, in the Gatorade Elite second play-offs final. This result brought the need of a third and decisive final, to be played next Thursday at 8pm. In the initial ten minutes, both teams were continuously attacking maintaining both goalkeepers on the alert. Valletta acquired a double advantage in a short period of time through Cristian Cuadros Silva and Dylan Musu. The shocked Hamrun team and the boosted motivation for Valletta, may have been the reason for the third goal by the latter, through Dejan Bizjak. The Spartans responded aggressively with a double score through Brazilians Michel Melo Jose and Madson Caetano. Hamrun’s second goal came in less than a minute after break time. This ended the first half of the game with the score of 3-2 for the Citizens. The second half was nonetheless spectacular, Read the full article…

Hamrun chase league milestone, Last chance for Valletta

May 13, 2016 Fixtures

Hamrun Spartans head into their second leg play-off final clash against Valletta tonight (kick-off 20.00 hrs) in high spirits after a dramatic penalty shoot-out triumph over their same opponents a fortnight ago. The Spartans will take to the court at the Corradino Pavillion eager to record a second consecutive win and clinch the title for the first time since FMA took charge of the organization of the local futsal scene as well as participate in the forthcoming UEFA Futsal Cup. While Hamrun go into the game on a high following their first leg 13-12 win, the Citizens have all the pressure in their hands as it will be their last chance to level the matters and leave everything for a possible third match. They are not ready to throw the towel and want to bounce back to victory. Their president Dassier Borg, envisages a tough encounter but believes that his team is ready Read the full article…

Hamrun beat Valletta on penalties after a thrilling draw

May 1, 2016 Fixtures
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Hamrun Spartans drew first blood against Valletta with a 13-12 win in the first leg of the Gatorade Elite Group Final. It was a thrilling 6-6 draw who led both teams for the penalty shootout. Valletta’s Dejan Bizjak broke the deadlock early in the match and paved way to an exciting match which pleased all the spectators present in Corradino Sport Pavillion last Friday night. Brasilian Madson Gaetano De Abreu balanced matters and minutes later Michel Melo Jose put the Spartans on the lead. Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira (Raphinha), made it 3-1 after receiving a fine ball from Peter Pullicino. Valletta returned with Xavier Saliba’s powershot which gave little chance to Hamrun’s goalkeeper Brian Baldacchino. Raphinha scored again just before half time. In the opening of the second half, Cristian Cuadros Silva scored for Valletta and a minute later his team mate Dejan Bizjak rebalanced the score. Definitely this Read the full article…

Sliema Wanderers end up successfully

April 29, 2016 Fixtures
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Sliema Wanderers recorded the first title in the playoffs stage, as they were yesterday crowned First Division Champions. In the First Division Playoffs Final, despite every effort done by Sirens to get into advantage, Sliema proved to be the best side. Following a Sirens’ defensive mistake, the Wanderers opened the score through Christian Micallef. A few minutes later, Eslam Khalifa doubled the advantage, by another score for Sliema. Eight minutes towards the end of the first half, Sirens’ Leonard Zammit reduced the arrears, while Darren Agius responded and made it 3-1 for Sliema. In the dying minutes of the first half, Andy Portelli scored Sirens’ second goal. The second half of the game saw a more organised Wanderers team who offered minimal chances to its opponents. After four minutes Dexter O’Brien scored Sliema’s fourth goal. This was followed by Aleksander Ribic who put the ball at the back of the Read the full article…

Hamrun, Valletta cross swords in decisive encounters

April 29, 2016 Fixtures

The surprising duo of the Gatorade Elite Round, Valletta and Hamrun Spartans, will be engaged in a nailbiting duel for the title as they play the first game in the best-of-three play-offs final series this evening (kick-off 20.00). These three important clashes are expected to be a real title show-down for all the Maltese futsal followers. Hamrun, who won 16 out of 18 matches, boast the best attack with lethal strikers Raphinha and Michel Melo Jose in fine form as they netted the majority of the Spartans’ goals. They enjoyed a comfortable passage to the final after beating Lija Athletic 12-6 on aggregate. Valletta are the surprise package of the campaign. They placed third in the standings winning 13 of their 18 matches played. The Lilywhites produced a stunning semifinal second leg performance as they managed to knock out defending champions Luxol 9-7 on aggregate. Valletta hope that their strikers Read the full article…

Sliema, Sirens to figure out in the Gatorade First Division play-off final

April 27, 2016 Fixtures

Sliema and Sirens have their eyes set on wresting the Gatorade First Division Cup as they face each other tonight in the final at the Corradino Pavillion. Both teams broke little sweat in setting up this season’s title showdown as the St Paul’s Bay outfit breezed past Zebbug Rangers 6-2 in the semi-final while the Wanderers had the better of Mqabba 6-4. There is balance also in direct clashes this season with Sirens seeing off Sliema 2-1 in the first round with the latter taking sweet revenge in the second round by winning 7-2. Despite enjoying a positive second round, Sliema’s mentor, Paul Carabott is wary about tonight difficult task ahead. “It’s going to be a very tough game against a team who is motivated to do well.” Carabott admires the tactical discipline that Sirens always adopt during their matches. “Sirens are a very disciplined squad. Their coach is well-prepared Read the full article…

First Referee Exchange Programme for Maltese Futsal Official

April 25, 2016 News
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Following the regular football referees’ exchange programmes with a number of European Associations and Federations in recent years, the Malta FA Refereeing Department is pleased to announce the first such initiative in FUTSAL. An agreement to this effect has been reached with San Marino Football Federation, which materialised last Thursday 21st April, when San Marino referees Daniele D’Adamo and Massimo Nanni, together with our referees, controlled the two First Division play-off matches Sliema Wanderers vs Mqabba (Referee 1 Robert Darmanin / Referee 2 Daniele D’Adamo) and Sirens vs Żebbug Rangers (Referee 1 Jonathan Mallia / Referee 2 Massimo Nanni); in both matches Ms. Joanna Vassallo was timekeeper. In San Marino next Wednesday 27th April, it will be the turn of our referees Clinton Mario Cassar (newly-appointed FIFA Futsal Referee) and Jonathan Mallia, to officiate the two First Division play-off matches San Giovanni vs Fiorentino (Referee 1 Jonathan Mallia / Referee Read the full article…