Malta Football Association
The 8th Annual Futsal Festival
Jan 20, 2016
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Photos: Domenic Aquilina
Photos: Domenic Aquilina

  • Photos: Domenic Aquilina


By means of a strong partnership between the Malta Football Association’s Grassroots, Youth Development & Education section within the Technical Centre and the Sports Promotion Unit within SportMalta and the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education (DQSE), the annual Futsal Festival is running for its 8th consecutive year. This event is a much awaited and attractive fun festival held annually for schools in Malta and Gozo. Its popularity among youngsters has grown in the last years as attested by the participation of hundreds of school children, boys and girls. 


The great success of previous annual school Futsal festivals was again much in evidence as phase two of the event kicked off on the 11th of January at the main SportMalta Complex in Cottonera.


This annual festival comprises about 1600 children representing 60 schools from different parts of the island. Following the first phase where teachers selected the team to represent each school, this phase sees schools under the same college playing against each other. The PE teachers are now selecting the elite boys and girls from among the teams who took part in this penultimate phase to represent the college team in the final phase.


Throughout the festival the cheering and the joyful expressions on the children’s faces should attest to its popularity! The young participants will also be happy to receive the bags which will be presented to them on such an occasion and as a memento of their participation. The referees, as ever, will be thoroughly committed in educating the youngsters on the rules of the game and imbue in them a sense of fair play. It was good to see the introduction of new female MFA Futsal Referee Dora Jakab forming part of the sound match officials team during the opening days of the festival.


The MFA Technical Centre is pleased to yet again to support SportMalta’s SPU in order to give a wonderful experience to the children and introduce Futsal in an indoor environment for schools. The MFA technical staff are present throughout the Festival and are able to assess the potential of several young participants.   


The organisers would again like to express their satisfaction and thank its sponsors TeamSport and GSD Marketing Ltd. for their material assistance.  


The Secondary Schools will close off Phase Two at the end of January follwed by Phase Three held on the 22nd January for Primary schools, Secondary schools’ Form 1 & 2 in April and a competitive final Form 3 & 4 girls on the 10th of May and Form 3 & 4 boys on the 12th of May at the Cottonera Sports Complex.

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