Football Australia has confirmed that the National Futsal Championships (NFC) will return to the football calendar in 2022.
Following a comprehensive nomination process, dual hosting rights have been granted to Football Queensland for the 2022 championships and Football Victoria in 2023.
By granting the hosting rights over the next two years in two different cities, it allows the National Futsal Championships to be promoted and showcased as a truly national tournament.
For 2022, Football Queensland will host the NFC on the Gold Coast from 5 – 9 January, as part of Summer Festival of Futsal, which will also include tournaments and programs for Beach soccer, Blind football and Powerchair.
James Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Football Australia, was pleased with the outcome and looks forward to growing the futsal footprint in Australia.
“As part of our clear strategic agenda, we outlined a vision to create a national program for futsal and beach soccer by working closely with our Member Federations in a unified, inclusive and collaborative manner.
“With the culmination of this process, we are delighted that Football Queensland and Football Victoria will be hosting the National Futsal Championships in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
“There is a clear appetite throughout Australia for football to increase its imprint through futsal and beach soccer. Queensland and Victoria now have the opportunity to showcase this and bring it to life over the next two years, in a way never seen before,” Johnson said.
The Football Queensland hosted tournament, will be the first time that the NFC will be held as part of a Summer Festival of Futsal, providing participants an opportunity to extend their stay to be part of Australia’s biggest club-based futsal tournament.
2022 NFC Details:
National Futsal Championships (as part of the Summer Festival of Futsal)
5 – 9 January 2022
Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland