NEWS
Argentina - October 07, 2018 11:00Buenos Aires 2018: Argentina aim for doubleFutsal fever comes to YOGPhoto and report courtesy: IOC


ARGENTINA AIM FOR DOUBLE AS FUTSAL FEVER COMES TO YOG

FUTSAL WILL MAKE ITS DEBUT AT THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018, AS IT REPLACES THE 11-A-SIDE GAME WHICH WAS CONTESTED AT THE FIRST TWO EDITIONS, AT SINGAPORE 2010 AND NANJING 2014.

For all the brilliance of football legend Lionel Messi and his national teammates, it is in the indoor five-a-side discipline that Argentina can claim to be the best in the world, after their men's triumph at the last edition of futsal’s World Cup, held in Colombia in 2016.

“Futsal is growing in our country and more kids like us are starting to play it,” said Alan de Candia, who plays for Boca Juniors and Argentina. “To see our full national team win the World Cup gives us the confidence to try and win every game we play. We also know that we will have the full support from the crowd here.”

Futsal at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will consist of two events, with the men’s and women’s tournaments taking place across the Tecnopolis Futsal and CENARD Futsal venues. With 10 teams split across two groups for each gender, the two best-placed from each group will advance to the semifinals, where the top team from each group will face the second-placed team from the other.

The action starts on Sunday (7 October), with the women’s competition kicking off at 14:00 local time when Spain face Bolivia in Group C and Dominican Republic play Cameroon (Group D). Men’s competition gets under way from 18:00, when Panama face Iraq (Group A) while Costa Rica and Russia do battle in Group B. For full fixtures click here.

“I’ve never imagined playing for the home team at an Olympic Games. This is beautiful and unique,” said Argentina’s Facundo Gassmann (pictured top right).

The Argentina men’s team will face Egypt on their debut (kick-off 20:00 on Sunday at Tecnopolis Futsal) and will also take on Slovakia, Iraq and Panama in Group A. Brazil, a team with a rich futsal tradition, will headline Group B alongside Costa Rica, Russia, Iran and Solomon Islands.

“It’s not just about the sports,” says De Candia. “We have made a lot of new friends and we are even starting to speak in different languages.”

Only futsal players born between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2003 will compete at YOG. The field of play is 40 metres in length and 20 metres wide. Playing time will be two periods of 20 minutes, with each team entitled to a time-out in each half.



Posted by Luca Ranocchiari --> luca.ranocchiari@futsalplanet.com
KeywordSearch in Title and DescriptionSearchClearPages : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
International CompetitionsCONMEBOL Futsal Club Championship - Copa Libertadores 2019July 14, 2019 09:00
South AfricaSAFA International Challenge 2019July 09, 2019 21:00
South AfricaBall rolling in JohannesburgJuly 10, 2019 16:00
International CompetitionsUEFA Futsal Champions League 2019/2020July 04, 2019 16:00
International CompetitionsAFC Futsal Club Champs 2019June 27, 2019 21:00
International CompetitionsUEFA Futsal Champions League 19/20June 25, 2019 13:00
International CompetitionsU19 Futsal EURO finals June 25, 2019 09:00
International CompetitionsAFF Futsal Cup 2019June 17, 2019 21:00
International CompetitionsAFC Under 20 Futsal ChampionshipsJune 14, 2019 08:00
International CompetitionsAFC U-20 Futsal ChampionshipJune 12, 2019 11:00
International CompetitionsU19 Futsal EURO finals June 08, 2019 09:00
International CompetitionsUEFA Futsal EURO 2022June 07, 2019 15:00
Pages : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
FOLLOW US
FutsalPlanet © 2018