In my last blog I promised you to give you an update about the future of Futsal in Malta after a meeting with the clubs. It won’t be easy: as you might know there were only twelve teams in the first division last season. Valletta FC became champions so they will represent Malta in the European competition this year.
The biggest problems which have to be approached are: 1. Recruitment of youth teams for the U19 european competition 2. New teams for the competition; twelve is much too little 3. New/more players to select out of for the National Team.
Seven out of twelve clubs attended the meeting and they all agreed that changes are necessary and that after two years having no National Coach the new one has to be supported.
The Vice President of the MFA, Matthew Paris, indicated that the Futsal under the current structure has no future and therefore the MFA will take over in large part: competition, referees and hall. Also the registration fee will be reduced with 40% to attract new teams. To start with an U19 team, the Vice President will look how he can detach this age group from the Football to start at least. The problem is that here on Malta they have the rule that once they are a member of a Football club they can’t play in an other National Team.
Also the new competion schedule for season 2019/2020 was proposed. Here we want to start with a semi-professional and an amateur competition. But first we have to recruit this year and make sure that the Maltese youth will be interested in Futsal again.