Fr. Hilary Tagliaferro supports FMA

September 15, 2016 News

Fr. Hilary Tagliaferro the president and the founder of the Youth Football Association expressed his support to the Futsal Malta Association. Back in the 1960`s he was one of the first persons who started the five a side football at Tarxien Oratory. Having had this experience, he started to include small sided games during the training sessions. Fr. Hilary now believes that Futsal may fulfill an important and beneficial role towards the football game in many aspects. He urges the local authorities to provide the best possible help and to assure the growth of futsal continues to improve in the near future.

Claudio Azzopardi appointed new FMA’s General Secretary

September 10, 2016 News

Following the nominations for the post of General Secretary, only one nomination was received. The Futsal Malta Association can officially declare that Mr. Claudio Azzopardi is the new General Secretary. Mr. Azzopardi, who hails from Ħal Lija, has been involved in football for the last twelve years. He gained experience in the field of youth coaching following spells with Lija / Iklin Nursery and Pieta` Hotspurs Youth Nursery. He works at the National Sports School, and is in his final year for his Degree Bsc in Sports and Active Lifestyle. His knowledge and experience along these years will help to raise the association standards and will be a main contributor to promote the futsal game. Claudio’s vision is to establish Futsal as the preferred version of five-a-side football in Malta and to increase / sustain participation at all ages and ability levels by promoting and developing the game as a Read the full article…

Maltese Futsal National Team support FMA

September 10, 2016 News

Due to the unfortunate and upsetting situation Futsal currently finds itself in, the Futsal National Team players and technical staff pledge their full support to FMA in its appeal to the government for appropriate facilities. The Futsal National Team has marked progress throughout the past years, thanks to the high level of Futsal being played in the national competitions organised by FMA which are also attracting top notch international players. This coming season had to be a milestone for FMA as they have worked hard in setting up a local institution comprised of nurseries with the scope of educating children through the practice of this fast growing worldwide indoor sport. Now that the National Team has achieved good performances and results, where at a club level Maltese teams have achieved results and managed to gain access to a better pot in UEFA Futsal cup. The current national league is competitive Read the full article…

Seth Lawson Burkett … The boy in Brazil

September 10, 2016 A Closer Look At

Seth Lawson Burkett former futsal player in Brazil had the pleasure to share his professional insight with us. He started playing futsal at the age of 8 in Peterborough United’s football academy where he played futsal once a week. The head of the academy at that time was Dan Ashworth who is now the FA’s director of elite development. Burkett started to play futsal professionally at the age of 18, first for Stamford AFC and soon after for Loughborough University, where he spent five seasons. Whilst at Loughborough he was called up for the England development squad. Since then he had a season at London United and now he’s playing for Baku United. Burkett maintained that playing futsal as a young athlete is a no-brainer. First of all it’s fun. You get loads of touches and the chance to express yourself in any position. Too often young footballers are pushed Read the full article…

Vic Hermans supports FMA

September 3, 2016 News
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Speaking about the problems many countries face including Malta, Former National Futsal Coach Vic Hermans had the pleasure to share his professional insight to our site. During his arrival in Malta in 2009, almost all the league games were played outdoors. This made him speak to Ronnie Calleja from Assoċjazzjoni Sport Hibernians, where in two years time all league games where played at the Corradino Sport Pavillion. Futsal, an indoor game is very crucial for the development of Football players. Hermans mentioned Kaka, one of the best clubs’ players as well as in the Brazilian National team. He had started playing Futsal in 1991. Hermans met him last month in the USA where he went to support the Professional Futsal League. The Dutch professional coach also mentioned that Malta needs to have good facilities to compete with other Futsal nations in the future. Vic Hermans will be visiting Malta on the 27th Read the full article…

Luxol set to return back for good

August 31, 2016 News
Luxol presentation new

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Recently Luxol St. Andrews presented their futsal team for the coming Elite league 2016/17. They made a defenite investment in both local and foreign players, to return and have the most positive results as possible in the local futsal scenario. Owing to the fact that Luxol are the Knock Out holders, their first show up will be in the Super Cup Final against Champions Valletta. Matthew Xerxen (ex Lija Athletic) and Clint Mifsud (ex Hamrun Spartans,) trained by former goalkeeper Nicholas Farrugia, will be Luxol’s goalkeepers. From their part, Luxol also obtained international players Giancarlo Sammut, Nicola Del Re and Romanian Emil Andrei Raducu. Luxol terminated the services of Florin Anton, Clint Cope, Carlos Scicluna and reserve goalkeeper Karl Lepre. The current squad will also be made up of Mark Zammit, Carl Azzopardi, Matthew Attard, Glenn Bonello, Zvezdan Vukovic, Celino Alves, William Barbosa and Frane Despotovic. The latter Read the full article…

Tbilisi State University makes it to the next round

August 20, 2016 News

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI In the final and decisive match in the Group F preliminary round of the UEFA Futsal Cup, Tbilisi State University manages to make it to the Main Round. Hosts Sievi Futsal did their utmost in trying to be the qualifying team of the preliminary round. They managed to open the score through Jarmo Junno. Murtaz Kakabadze levelled the matters, while Rami Tirkkonen put Sievi again on the lead. Irakli Shelvegia and David Bobokhidze maintained the 3-2 advantage before the end of the first half. The second half turned out to be quite thrilling one.  It was Sievi again who opened the score through Joni Pakola, who put them again on the lead. The Georgians seemed to want a win at all costs, as Archil Sebiskervadze and Shota Chanukvadze added two more goals for Tbilisi State University. Sievi’s last opportunity came when Joni Pakola reduced the score, which put Read the full article…

Plucky Valletta sink Watcell Utd to place third

August 20, 2016 News

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Valletta gained their first win in the preliminary round Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup, after seeing off Wattcell United 9-3. It was a collective win for the Citizens who had most of the possession and surged forward from the word go to install a four goal lead in the first 16 minutes. The Scottish side tried to get back into the match but the Lilywhites were superior and maintained their 4-1 advantage before the interval. In the second half, Valletta continued to dominate and managed to score five more times to obtain their first victory of the tournament which enabled Clayton Felice’s troops to place third in the tournament. Despite suffering back-to-back defeats against Sievi FS 7-3 and Tbilisi University State 6-0, Valletta, on their first European participation, had also some good performances during these matches. Cristian Cuadros Silva and Chris Cardona hit the target twice Read the full article…

Sievi Futsal coming up for the big challenge against TSU

August 19, 2016 News
Sievi Futsal

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sievi Futsal continued their pursuit after Tbilisi State University, beating Wattcell Futsal Cup 13-3. Definitely, the last match from Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round, between Sievi and Tbilisi will be a decider for the qualified team. Duo Rami Tirkkonen and Miika Hosio were the main protagonists for Sievi, both having a poker. Nikola Erceg had a hat trick and Jarmo Junno had a brace. Gavin Malin missed a penalty for Wattcell but he managed to score a minute later. Christopher Donnelly was again in the scorers’ list scoring a brace. Wattcell’s last match in the UEFA Futsal Cup will be next Saturday at 12:30 CET against Valletta.

Tbilisi State University rout Valletta 6-0 to reach the group’s leadership

August 18, 2016 News
Valletta 2nd match

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI State University swept past Valletta 6-0. Former Hibernians player David Bobokhidze scored a brace while Archil Sebiskveradze from the penalty spot, together with Shota Chanukvadze, Nodari Kurtsadze and Nikoloz Kurtanidze added one each for Tbilisi. This was the second match from Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round, played in the Ylivieska Ice Arena in Sievi, Finland. Valletta seemed to obtain a positive grip of the game as they took their chances, so much so that Denis Di Maio also hit the woodwork. The goalkeeper Neil Cuschieri did his job wonderfully, reflected in the number of saves from his part. The first half had a mild effect on the Citizens’ motivation as the Georgians scored only in the final three minutes through Bobokhidze. The second half however was a completely different story. Tbilisi State University took complete control of the game and scored another five goals. Read the full article…