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Futsal sets foot in PNG

Described as the fastest popular game in the world, it is finally being realised of its potential, despite being introduce over a decade ago to the country.

This week, the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) is hosting a futsal coaching course at the Don Bosco Technological Institute (DBTI).

The Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) is facilitating the course with FIFA Futsal Instructor Juliano Schmeling conducting the one-week course.

Schmeling comes with a wealth of experience having brought the Solomon Islands to stardom on the world stage and is currently the head coach of the team.

Nineteen participant present during the official opening which was officiated by PNGFA General Secretary Dimirit Mileng. Apart from Port Moresby, other participants come from Wewak and Manus.

Mileng said the futsal concept will help develop more skillful players and further down the line help PNG soccer get on the global stage.

“I urge all participants take in as possible from this Brazilian coaching expert and let’s contribute the growth of our game,” he added.

Schmeling said he was looking forward to introducing the game and its pathways to the participants this week.

“There are stages to go through and it will take time to refine your own game.” he said.

He highlighted some areas of the seminar to include all tactical aspects of the game, rules, fitness levels and basically the emphasis on developing the game on becoming hugely popular.

“Whilst developing skills it also helps build character,” he added.

The course will end on Friday with the Don Bosco League futsal competition is set to get underway on Saturday with over 30 teams confirmed to take part.

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