Mission and FUTSAL Origins
To be a leader in the development of well-rounded futsal players that feed into the representative teams of Football Queensland, Football Federation Australia.
- Build a professionally managed club that will set the foundation for future growth and excellence.
- Be recognised as the leader in the integration of education, sport and science in the development of young futsal players.
- Build an international network that allows our students to gain valuable work study experience to enhance their Futsal Experience.
- Build a pathway that caters for all levels of futsal.
- We will live the values of our 5 stars…Education, Integrity, Hard Work, Professionalism, and Mateship.
- Hard Work
FIFA.com) 23 Sep 2004
The first record of an organised five-a-side brand of football dates back to 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The same year the pioneering football nation hosted the first FIFA World Cup™ at its brand-new Estadio Centenario, an Argentine-born coach by the name of Juan Carlos Ceriani, so tired of rain-soaked pitches and cancelled training sessions, brought the game indoors for the first time.
With an eye to making his new indoor game more accessible, but also more organised, he put together a set of rules strikingly similar to those that govern futsal today. The children of Montevideo took to the small-sided game with aplomb, and it was played in YMCA houses throughout the capital. The hybrid version was perfectly suited to either outdoor or indoor venues, as all that was needed was a small, basketball-size court.
While Ceriani was fostering the game Uruguay, a similar small-sided game was being played on the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The game quickly spread throughout South America as ‘futbol sala’ (room football, or indoor football) or ‘futebol de salao’ in Brazil – where the first local leagues sprang up like weeds.
It didn’t take long for the game to spread to every corner of Latin America, and the first international futsal competition kicked off in 1965. And in a bit of a shock it was Paraguay that got off the blocks best, taking home the first South American honours. Brazil won the next six Championships between 1965 and 1979. The yellow-clad pioneers of the five-a-side art then went on to extend their dominance with victories in the 1980 and 1984 Pan American games.
With a lesser number of players, a smaller field and a weighted ball, futsal demanded the emergence of new strategies. Quick feet and a quick mind were imperative, as was the use of the toes and the bottom of the foot.
The International Federation for Futebol de Sala (FIFUSA) was officially founded in Brazil in 1971. And the first Futsal World Championship (though not yet affiliated to FIFA) took place in 1982 in the five-a-side hotbed of Sao Paolo. Continuing their stranglehold on the game, Brazil again took the honours with a team studded with stars from the outdoor game. They then went on to repeat their winning ways in Spain three years later in 1985, before losing their crown in Australia to rivals Paraguay.
FUTSAL IN AUSTRALIA
Futsal was introduced to Australia in 1972 by Dawn Gilligan , then working at the Revesby YMCA. The year before was a wet soccer season and Dawn had heard about Futsal ‘indoor soccer’ and introduced it to the centre. The sport slowly spread to the other states.
FUTSAL IN QUEENSLAND
Futsal first started at Murgon, in the South Burnett in 1981 and started in Brisbane at MacGregor in 1984. It quickly spread throughout the state to today their being 80 clubs and near 10,000 players across the state