In a few weeks, one of the most important youth tournaments of the futsal season will kick off at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney. It is the World Futsal Championships, which will attract some of the best talents from across the entire planet.

From Australia, there will be three teams fighting for a title; Freelance Futsal International, Galaxy Futsal Club and Bayside Pirates (we covered their history recently here).

As in the United States, futsal is growing rapidly in Australia and they are already thinking about the World Futsal Championships 2018. In January they will have the Craig Foster International Tournament and the winner will be invited to come to the USA.

The “Craig Foster Cup” is Queensland’s most prestigious futsal event. The tournament has been running for eight years, and is the pinnacle sporting event for futsal in Queensland, attracting teams from all over Australia.

FFSA’s Head of Game Development, John Mundy, gave his insight into how futsal is positively developing football in the country.

“What we are seeing with futsal in our state is the rise of a sport that not only engages young players, but also develops the technical, tactical, physical and psychological side of the game,” said John, remembering that some soccer players of the Australia National Team, like Tim Cahill and Tom Rogic, played futsal when they were younger, as did stars like Messi, Ronaldinho and Neymar.