Last week (22nd-26th September) I was at the VIVA Sportcomplex in Steinbrunn-Austria to give a FIFA Futsalcourse.
The aim was to get a clear insight of the present situation of Futsal in Austria and to know the possibilities how to expand.
All participants, out of whole Austria, are working at the highest division in Futsal or responsible for a Futsalclub. For example the President and former player from Austria’s champion Stella Rossa, Alexander Ristovski, and President of 1.FC Innsbruck, Peter Preisinger, attended the course.
All aspects of Futsal, like systems, transitions (ball winning or losing), fitness etc. turned up.
For the Responsible Managers of the ÖFB (Austrian Football Association), 9 region delegates and the Academic Director, I gave a presentation about “Surplus Value of Futsal in Football”.
Austria absolutely wants to develop Futsal but ofcourse it has to fit in the overall strategy. It must not lead to more strugle against Football.
Now they are thinking about forming a national team this year and playing their first international game after the competition ends.
So positive news from Austria!