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Shahrzad Mozafar: Iran’s female futsal trailblazer who defied the odds

Story of how a sport-crazy girl led her country to futsal glory and became a role model is told in this extract from a new bookTo her parents, it was no great surprise. When Shahrzad Mozafar was not kicking a ball with her sisters in their sun-baked fa…

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The Joy of Six: toe-pokes in football and futsal | Jamie Fahey

From Romário’s and Ronaldo’s toe-enders to small-court specialists such as Falcão, half a dozen instinctive gemsIt comes from futsal. No space? No time? No backlift? No worries. Boom. The toe-poke finish. Or toe-punt. Or toe-ender. Whatever the name – …

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FA cuts to hit grassroots football and futsal hard, leaked documents show

Men’s national futsal teams scrapped and no women’s sideGrassroots game facing £22m-a-season funding cutThe Football Association’s Covid-19 cost-cutting strategy dismantles key strands of its celebrated England DNA coach education programme and abandon…

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Fair play: futsal player refuses to score after opponent goes down injured – video

A moment of sportsmanship from a futsal match in Spain when Cartegena’s Solano chooses to put the ball out of play – despite having an open goal. After Zaragoza’s Javi Alonso goes down injured, the ball is squared to Solano to tap in, but instead …

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Futsal: the thinking player’s game that doesn’t hurt the head

With a smaller, heavier ball, the game is played on the ground, which means less worry about head injuriesGone are the days when primary-school children were condemned to wincing, eyes shut tightly in fear, as a heavy leather football smashed against t…

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Wolves’ Max Kilman: ‘I’ve benefited from futsal. I learned how to play’

The promising Wolves defender is the first former England futsal international to play in the Premier LeagueMax Kilman was sitting on the Wolves bench a few metres away, looking on in anticipation as Fulham’s 16-year-old Harvey Elliott stepped on to th…

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Wolves’ Max Kilman: ‘I’ve benefited from futsal. I learned how to play’

The promising Wolves defender is the first former England futsal international to play in the Premier LeagueMax Kilman was sitting on the Wolves bench a few metres away, looking on in anticipation as Fulham’s 16-year-old Harvey Elliott stepped on to th…

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Ricardinho: futsal king who combines the qualities of Ronaldo and Messi

O Mágico turned to futsal after being rejected by Porto aged 14 and is now the superstar of the fast-growing five-a-side gameThe greatest of all time debate needs no introduction. But what if there were another dimension to it? What would a hybrid of C…

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Meet the new Premier League player with 25 England caps … at futsal

Max Kilman improved as a footballer by playing futsal but his England career could be over after his move to WolvesBy Chris Evans for The Set Pieces, part of the Sport NetworkMax Kilman is an England international who could walk down any busy high stre…

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Portugal futsal kings follow Ronaldo’s lead and offer lessons for England

Jorge Braz, head coach of Portugal’s Euro 2018 winning side, has plenty of good advice for the English FA to popularise the game‘There are no magic recipes,” declares Jorge Braz, head coach of Portugal’s futsal Euro 2018 winning team. Maybe not bu…

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Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder plays catch-up and next challenge is Bayern | Nick Ames

The French striker, who cut his teeth in futsal, is a late bloomer but still harbours hopes of playing at this summer’s World CupIt was not quite the instant impact Wissam Ben Yedder once produced in a national team shirt but it nonetheless marked the …

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Futsal finals, muddy faceplants and Luís Boa Morte on MTV Cribs

This week also features an Olympic skier riding an escalator, an Eagle making a speech and FA Cup fifth-round goals1) In case you missed it, Portugal won their first European Futsal title at the weekend, defeating Spain in extra-time. And while we’re h…

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FA kickstarts futsal revolution in bid to create England players of the future | Jamie Fahey

Thousands of youngsters will be able to develop their talent indoors this winter playing the game that honed the skills of Neymar and Lionel Messi

It is mid-September but the clock is already ticking on the countdown to the inevitable rainy season that routinely plays havoc with the grassroots youth football calendar around the country. So it was timely for the FA to announce on Monday that it is trying to dismantle the barriers blocking access to school halls to allow young footballers to seek refuge from the cold and try the game that formed a legion of footballing superstars: futsal.

Grants from the Football Foundation totalling £300,000 will be made available for schools, colleges and youth football leagues. The aim is to create 200 futsal hubs, exposing at least 12,000 more children to the fast-paced five-a-side game that Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and the Spanish rondo brigade credit with honing their impeccable skills as youngsters.

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From five-a-side to futsal and Star Sixes: how football’s small forms went big

Fewer people are playing 11-a-side games but smaller matches are more popular than ever, which makes the new Star Sixes event particularly well timed

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

If the chance of watching Jay-Jay Okocha and Robert Pires weaving through tightly packed defences up close is a tantalising prospect, then you should make your way to the O2 Arena in London this summer for the Star Sixes tournament. Okocha and Pires will be joined by a galaxy of big stars, including Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Roberto Carlos, Carles Puyol and Michael Ballack, for the four-day, six-a-side competition in July.

The organisers are at pains to point out that this event will be more competitive than previous tournaments featuring former professionals, such as Sky’s Masters Football series, which ran from 2000 to 2011. England goalkeeper David James says he is relishing the opportunity of representing his country again. “Having had around 26 years as a pro, I still kind of wake up each morning and think, ‘Can I still do this, can I still do that?’ I was asked if I would be interested in getting involved and my immediate answer was: yes.”

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From five-a-side to futsal and Star Sixes: how football’s small forms went big

Fewer people are playing 11-a-side games but smaller matches are more popular than ever, which makes the new Star Sixes event particularly well timed

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

If the chance of watching Jay-Jay Okocha and Robert Pires weaving through tightly packed defences up close is a tantalising prospect, then you should make your way to the O2 Arena in London this summer for the Star Sixes tournament. Okocha and Pires will be joined by a galaxy of big stars, including Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Roberto Carlos, Carles Puyol and Michael Ballack, for the four-day, six-a-side competition in July.

The organisers are at pains to point out that this event will be more competitive than previous tournaments featuring former professionals, such as Sky’s Masters Football series, which ran from 2000 to 2011. England goalkeeper David James says he is relishing the opportunity of representing his country again. “Having had around 26 years as a pro, I still kind of wake up each morning and think, ‘Can I still do this, can I still do that?’ I was asked if I would be interested in getting involved and my immediate answer was: yes.”

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Can futsal deliver a world-class US soccer star from the inner city?

The game in America is geared towards kids who can afford to pay-to-play. But the five-a-side game popular in Brazil could help develop the USA’s Messi

When Irv Smalls considers Harlem he sees a canvas of many hues. Art, design, music and sport: places like Harlem are where things emerge, he says. Smalls sees in Harlem the perfect example of the inner city as incubator of American creativity – but when he looks at that picture, there is something missing.

“How do you bring the inner cities into what has truly always been the global game but is taking off more here in the US?” Smalls tells the Guardian. It’s an argument at the heart of what might be wrong with youth soccer development in the United States.

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The best goals of the week: Dimitri Payet, Falcão, Serge Gnabry and Mario Balotelli

Featuring a 25-pass move from Blackburn Rovers, an overhead kick that would make Zlatan Ibrahimovic proud, a smart free-kick and a solo effort from Malta Continue reading…

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The gifs that keep on giving: Ricardinho, Bubba Watson and Ashley Cole

Featuring the Lionel Messi of futsal, the 1956 Summer Olympics, a trick shot, a couple of buzzer beaters and a man doing a lot of very impressive backflips Continue reading…

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Márcio scores amazing backheel lob in Brazilian futsal league

Watch as Marechal Rondon player Márcio pulls off a remarkable trick to find the net in Brazil

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Belgian futsal player gets 10-game ban for quenelle

• Omar Rahou punished over goal celebration at Euro 2014
• Decision follows five-game ban for West Brom’s Nicolas Anelka

Uefa has given a 10-match ban to a Belgian futsal player who made the same quenelle gesture that led to the West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka being given a five-game suspension.

The difference in the sanction highlights the severity of the European body’s minimum ban of 10 games for racist and discriminatory offences – the Football Association and Fifa have a minimum punishment of five games.

The Belgian player, Omar Rahou, made the gesture several times during the Futsal Euro 2014 tournament when celebrating a goal. The quenelle is widely seen as having antisemitic connotations.

Uefa said in a statement: “The fight against racism and other discriminatory behaviour is a high priority for Uefa. The European governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination on the pitch and in the stands. All forms of racist conduct are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions.

“Following the entry into force of the new disciplinary regulations on June 1 2013, the fight against racist behaviour has been stepped up a level – resulting in more severe sanctions as deterrents.”

Anelka has seven days to consider whether to appeal against his ban once he has received the full written reasons from the independent regulatory commission that imposed the suspension.

The FA commission accepted there was no intent by the forward to be antisemitic but, under strict liability rules, he was found guilty of an aggravated offence.

Anelka insisted the salute was in support of his friend, the French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, the person who brought the quenelle to prominence. Dieudonné has been prosecuted for antisemitic offences and has been barred from entering the UK.

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