Futsal teams are gearing up for a new season in Mount Isa, with a bustling sign-on day at Mount Isa Multi-purpose Recreation Centre on Sports Parade.
From 9am on Saturday juniors enjoyed a morning of social games on the basketball courts, and had the opportunity to create their own team.
Futsal is soccer played indoors, and has been running in Mount Isa for the past five years as a cool summer alternative to the world’s game.
Lloyd Isaacson from Mount Isa Futsal said last year was the second year of junior futsal with 12 teams made up of 96 children playing each week.
Nine new teams came together on Saturday, but more are welcome.
“We know we’re going to get more. We had four at the beginning of the day and now we’re up to nine. We are just putting everyone into teams right now and we then have to grade the teams,” Lloyd said.
Once teams are formed, players can register online and pay the registration fee of $45. Game fees are set at $40 per game, per team.
2017 Futsal Senior season starts on Monday, October 9 for the Men’s division and October 11 for Women’s.
Teams can register for the next three weeks as the season goes to March next year, but best to get in early for the draw to be developed.
Teams must ensure they have enough players so there are no forfeits.
Senior player registration is $80, and open now via Mount Isa Futsal on Facebook.
Last year saw one division for the women’s competition and two divisions for the men’s.
New Games Co-ordinator, Kate Isaacson, will manage the competition draw, organise referees and keep players up to date with any changes during the season.
Kate is available at all game times and can be emailed at email@example.com.
“We are also looking for interested people to ref each week in the senior comp. You will be paid for your time, so if you would like to earn a little extra cash please let me know ASAP,” said Kate.
Team registration is free with player registration set at $85 with game fee of $60 for each game.
Lloyd says the costs go to cleaning the courts each game day.
“They need upkeep due to the high dust every year, general maintenance and replacing the few overhead lights which are damaged each year. Other costs include keeping the doors open.”
Lloyd said many outdoor players use the futsal season to keep their skills up, while others find playing indoors with large fans a cooler way to play soccer.
The centre is available for teams to train, just contact Kate or ring the centre on 4743 5444.
“The sport has been a hit from the start with numbers getting bigger each season,” Lloyd said.