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Wgtn. Futsal Team Competes in Oceania Selection

Capital Futsal.

Futsal Fever!
Local Wellington Futsal Team Competes in Oceania Selection Tournament.

Wellington – November 21, 2007 – Wellington’s representative Futsal Team – Capital Futsal will be competing in the National Selection Tournament to be held at the ASB Stadium in Kohimarama, Auckland, over next weekend.

“Futsal training promotes techniques, tactics and teamwork” says Brian Blellock, Capital Futsal’s Coach “this benefits both Futsal and the outdoor game”. Futsal (five–a-side indoor soccer) is one of the fastest growing games in the world. Great soccer superstars such as Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Juninho grew up playing the game and credit Futsal with developing their skills. Futsal is played with a special low bounce ball, requiring players to use their skills, rather than the ball's bounce, to propel it. Capital Futsal and Capital Soccer are building the game in Wellington by providing demonstrations in local colleges and business house leagues to promote participation in the sport.

The national squad will be selected at the tournament for the National Men’s Futsal Team to compete in the Oceania Football Confederation’s Futsal World Qualifying Tournament. Capital Futsal is currently placing a bid to host the OFC Futsal World Qualifying Tournament in Wellington in July 2008. The winner of the OFC Futsal Tournament will then represent Oceania at the Futsal World Cup to be held from 1 to 19 October 2008 in Brazil.

Registration for teams are now being accepted for the Capital Futsal's pre-Christmas and New Year's Leagues. Contact us on the website

About Capital Futsal
Capital Futsal are a Trust based organisation with the goal to promote the game of Futsal in Wellington and New Zealand. It has been preparing for the OFC Selection for the last four months with players competing in leagues at the Kilbirnie Recreation Center to select a local representative team. The team selected competed against Yellow Fever and Craig Ireson’s City Council team in the Brazilian “Lingua-de-Rua” (language of the streets) on Brazil’s National day in Wellington’s Civic Square.

About the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)
The OFC oversees the development of football within the South Pacific and Oceania regions. The OFC is also responsible for the organization of regional, FIFA and Olympic qualifying tournaments for its members to participate in. The winners of FIFA qualifying tournaments represent Oceania at FIFA World Championships. There are 12 member nations; American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu - 2 associate members; Northern Marianas, Niue.

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