REAL Futsal Developing in South Africa

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SOUTH AFRICAN FUTSAL FEDERATION PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 2018

This is a South African Futsal Federation (SAFF) press release to confirm and clarify the governance of the sporting code futsal. This release contains the founding information of Futsal pertaining to when it was established and why it is a sports code on its own and in its own rights.  This press release also confirms that SAFF is a bona fide member of the AMF who is the world governing body of Futsal.  This release includes the work SAFF has accomplished in its short existence without any funding or assistance from Sports funding or government subsidy.  With this release we would like to be publicly recognised as Futsal South Africa’s governing body and ask all other Associations to relinquish their rights and ownership of the sporting code, Futsal, the term futsal and all matters of governance that are and inclusive of the Futsal Fraternity.

South African Futsal Federation (SAFF) is a bona fide member of the Asociación Mundial de Futsal (AMF), the world governing body of Futsal. It was founded, on 25 July 1971 as the Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

There are various AMF confederations and federations around the world of whom most are already recognised by their National Olympic Associations and governments. The AMF was already a part of the Pan American Games and have hosted Futsal World Cups pre-dating the FIFA Indoor soccer version.

Due to a dispute between FIFA and FIFUSA over the name of fútbol, FIFUSA has registered the word fut-sal in 1985 (Madrid, Spain).Owing to the fact that the AMF is the successor of FIFUSA the word Futsal is a registered trademark owned by the AMF and its affiliate members only.

“Futsal” was created in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani ,a teacher in Montevideo, Uruguay, developed a version of football, indoors for recreation purposes in the YMCAs. This new sport was originally played on basketball courts until a rule book was published in September 1933. His goal was to create a team sport that could be played indoor and outdoor, like football, but a sport in its own rights.

 

Ceriani,  when writing the rule book, took as examples, the principles of football (the ability to touch the ball with every part of the body except for the hands), and he extracted rules from other sports too; such as from basketball regarding the number of team players (five) and the game duration (40 minutes actual playing time); from water polo the rules pertaining to the movements of the goalkeeper; from team handball for the field and goal sizes.

Inset of Juan Carlos Ceriani in the backround is the Logo of the Montevideo Futsal Federation, affiliated to the Uruguayan Futsal federation which is a member of FIFUSA ( AMF )

The purpose for establishing the SAFF is to use the sport of Futsal as a catalyst for Youth development coupled with education, following the blue print Ceriani used in the YMCA, developing the Youth. There are various reasons why SAFF was conceptualized as well as so many benefits with a few pointed out below;

  • After the football season hundreds of Youth are not participating in a sport, this is when we should schedule futsal season to develop footballers all year round, working in partnership with our FIFA football bodies as was agreed upon by FIFA & FIFUSA, which is the Predecessor of the AMF with an actual Manifest signed between the 2 bodies in Guatemala in the year 2000.
  • Futsal develops a sharper mind as players are faced with decision making all the time in scenarios where quick thinking is needed. This leads to improved concentration in classrooms, developing the player to be a better and independent thinking learner too.
  • Futsal develops the use of both the left brain and right brain as the player is required to use both feet.
  • The player develops their skills quicker as they touch the ball more frequently than on a full field football match.
  • SAFF is directly linked to a College which is a Founder Member, providing bursaries and learnerships to underprivileged Youth for the past 10 years.
  • SAFF, being a bon fide member of AMF, is invited to World Cups, hosted by different nations, ranging from ages u13 until u18 (open) for males and females. We pride ourselves in considering and eligible to be taking a Disabled team for participation, this said with no prejudice.
  • Futsal is played in Sports Arenas giving the fields a rest in the drought of summer or any water shortages or restriction imposed thus contributing positively to climate change.

 

Long before FIFA started indoor football, the YMCA spread the game immediately and vigorously throughout South America. It was easily played and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere, and in any weather conditions, without any difficulty, enabling players to stay in shape all year round. These advocating reasons convinced João Lotufo, a Brazilian, to bring this game to his home country and adapt it to the needs of physical education.

This was another contributing factor for the federation to affiliate with AMF, as there were so many synergies aligned, first the development of youth in the YMCA and now education, which is our main pillar.

In 1965, the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol de Salón[pt] (South American Futsal Confederation) was formed, consisting of Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

Shortly after, a unique tournament was organised, and it attracted interest in the South American media, which regularly began to follow futsal. In particular, it was the journalist José Antônio Inglêz who passionately contributed to the rapid spread of the game, as well as being credited as the man who coined the name “futsal” to define the sport. We require passionate journalists in South Africa to research and learn the inner details of the great sport and why it was so neglected and ostracized in South Africa for so many years. We need to spread and expose this huge sport through South Africa so that the benefits and solutions as outlined above can be exercised and implemented.

From FIFUSA to AMF

The popularity of Futsal and the advantages it creates for societies ensured the formation of a governing body in São Paulo in 1971 ( The first governing body of Futsal ) namely; Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA). FIFUSA initially comprised of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay, along with the World Championships. The new AMF institution counted 32 participating countries and its first President was João Havelange joined by the secretary Luiz Gonzaga de Oliveira. In 1975 just 4 years  the  AMF Federation’s chief moved over  to FIFA as an obvious move to bring the sport under the control of FIFA, and in 1980, Januário D’Alessio Neto was elected to work to make this sport recognized worldwide

The first FIFUSA ( AMF )  World Championships were held in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1982 with the host nation Brazil crowned as champions against Paraguay in front of an audience of 12,000 people, with Uruguay placing third. The Federation then began to work to bring the big event to Europe. In 1985, the second AMF Futsal World Cup was organized in Madrid, Spain, where the Brazilian team won again. The event was a huge success, with a considerable media interest and a huge response from the audience, thanks to the Spanish TV station that filmed the event. NB! FIFA has hosted no Futsal Tournaments as yet

In 1985, Joseph Blatter, at that time secretary of  ( FIFA ) football’s governing body thought it was the right time to enlarge its influence and also deal with indoor football. Knowing that the AMF Federation President João Havelange was the head of FIFUSA from 1971 to 1974, the Swiss decided to meet with the AMF in Brazil. Surprisingly, the Congress voted against the unification of the FIFUSA (AMF) and FIFA. Due to a dispute between FIFA and FIFUSA over the name of fútbol, FIFUSA has registered the word fut-sal in 1985 (Madrid, Spain).

This means that Futsal (the term) and the sport is governed by AMF solely and SAFF as its bone fide member, is the Association in South Africa to govern and use the term Futsal as indicated above.

FIFA wanted to promote and spread its own version of indoor football, different from the original one played in the South American countries, but they could not manage to find an agreement with FIFUSA in the Rio de Janeiro Congress in 1989. Basically, the AMF decided NOT to unify, as Football and Futsal are different sporting codes just like Tennis, badminton table tennis and squash are as references of example.

25 September, an event in Bogotá, Colombia contributed to the founding of the Confederación Panamericana de Futbol de Salon (PANAFUTSAL) together with Paraguay, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Ecuador, the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, and Canada.

The conference held in Guatemala in 2000 between members of PANAFUTSAL and FIFA focused on the resolution of the dispute between the two institutions and on the achievement of Futsal in the pure version that excited many in South America. The signing of the Manifest however, was not followed by concrete actions by certain countries in the World but the agreements clearly states.

The purpose for establishing the SAFF is to use the sport of Futsal as a catalyst for Youth development coupled with education, following the blue print Ceriani used in the YMCA, developing the Youth. There are various reasons why SAFF was conceptualized as well as the so many benefits with a few pointed out below;

  • After the football season hundreds of Youth are not participating in a sport, this is when we should schedule futsal season to develop footballers all year round, working in partnership with our FIFA football bodies as was agreed upon by FIFA & FIFUSA, which is the Predecessor of the AMF with an actual Manifest signed between the 2 bodies in Guatemala in the year 2000.
  • Futsal develops a sharper mind as players are faced with decision making all the time in scenarios where quick thinking is needed. This leads to improved concentration in classrooms, developing the player to be a better and independent thinking learner too.
  • The player develops their skills quicker as they touch the ball more frequently than on a full field football match.
  • SAFF is directly linked to a College which is a Founder Member, providing bursaries and learnerships to underprivileged Youth for the past 10 years.
  • SAFF, being a bon fide member of AMF, is invited to World Cups, hosted by different nations, ranging from ages u13 until u18 (open) for males and females. We pride ourselves in considering and eligible to be taking a Disabled team for participation, this said with no prejudice.
  • Futsal is played in Sports Arenas giving the fields a rest in the drought of summer or any water shortages or restriction imposed thus contributing positively to climate change.

Long before FIFA started indoor football, the YMCA spread the game immediately and vigorously throughout South America. It was easily played and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere, and in any weather conditions, without any difficulty, enabling players to stay in shape all year round. These advocating reasons convinced João Lotufo, a Brazilian, to bring this game to his home country and adapt it to the needs of physical education.

This was another contributing factor for the federation to affiliate with AMF, as there were so many synergies aligned, first the development of youth in the YMCA and now education, which is our main pillar.

In 1965, the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol de Salón[pt] (South American Futsal Confederation) was formed, consisting of Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

Shortly after, a unique tournament was organised and it attracted interest in South American media, which regularly began to follow futsal. In particular, it was the journalist José Antônio Inglêz who passionately contributed to the rapid spread of the game, as well as being credited as the man who coined the name “futsal” to define the sport. We require passionate journalists in South Africa to research and learn the inner details of the great sport and why it was so neglected and ostracized in South Africa for so many years. We need to spread and expose this huge sport through South Africa so that the benefits and solutions as outlined above can be exercised and implemented.

FIFA kept on promoting its version of Futsal. So, the PANAFUTSAL decided to create a new worldwide body for the preservation of Futsal. In December 2002, the Asociación Mundial de Futsal (AMF) was founded. It is currently composed of more than 40 National Federations and three continental bodies.

FIFA and AMF continue to administer the game although the agreement signed in Guatemala in 2000 states that he AMF Futsal bodies in countries must work in conjunction with the FIFA Football body in the respective territories and FIFA only owns ownership over their own Competitions and events. There have been many a confusion over this market and countries have gone as far and funded futsal associations thinking they were acting in line with the manifest of Guatemala in 2000.The manifest re-iterated that AMF federations around the world will be directly affiliated to the FIFA affiliated soccer body in the country, as well as be the governing body of Futsal.

In May 2018, SAFF was granted full membership after a 2 year of provisional membership which punctuated to SAFF proving to the AMF their competency in developing the sport. SAFF now has a growing membership of Provincial and Regional Futsal Associations across South Africa. SAFF operates as a registered Public Benefit Organization governed by its Constitution. Many people question as to why we (SAFF) affiliated with an international body and not the football associations in South Africa and this is the reasoning behind our actions.

As mentioned above, Futsal is a sport and therefore we are affiliated to the Futsal World Body, namely AMF and ask to be recognised and respected by all the relevant sport bodies in South Africa, as is in all the other countries of the World, where the AMF Federations are present.

Since its inception in 2016, and through the Cape Town Metropolitan Futsal League, first official SAFF Regional Futsal league, SAFF has achieved the following:

Inset of one of Junior development teams:

  • 8 x Junior Futsal development schools
  • Coaching clinics in Cape Town and Durban
  • Coaching Facilitation and Futsal Clinics in association with the Department of Cultural, Affairs and Sport (DCAS) to its MOD Centre coaches for the implementation of Futsal Programmes as a part of its after-school game changer programme.
  • New Futsal venues acquired and more opening up
  • Men’s Futsal Super League in Cape Town
  • Men’s’ Futsal 1st Division League.
  • Men’s Super League in Soweto starting soon
  • Senior Women’s’ League
  • Hosting of Futsal Awareness Tournaments
  • Facilitation of AMF Coaching and Referee officiating workshops
  • Various junior tournaments
  • Rural futsal clinics
  • SAFF National Ladies Team competed in the AMF Women’s World Cup from 19 – 25 November 2017.
  • SAFF hosted national trials this year to compete in the AMF under 20 World Cup hosted in Valledupar, Colombia from the 19th – 27th November 2018.
  • Argentina hosts the men’s seniors in March 2019

Inset: The First Ladies Futsal World Cup Spain 2017

The Cape Town Metropolitan Futsal League (CTMFL) is the founder and affiliated member of the South African Futsal Federation (SAFF), established in 2016 to grow the sport of Futsal in the Western Cape, the fastest growing Futsal programme in the South Africa.

During the period of drought experienced in the Western Cape, SAFF and the CTMFL was the only organised operational league providing futsal / football activities for the youth of the Western Cape whilst football leagues was suspended.

SAFF Futsal network is spreading across the Western Cape, Gauteng, Durban and Mpumalanga. We are in the process with activation of Futsal Associations in the Eastern Cape, North West. Northern Cape, Free State and Limpopo. These provinces are undergoing training and inductions through our facilitation process before they are permitted to activate their respective associations.

SAFF Representation at AMF World Cups, Inter continentals, Tournaments, etc.

There are two (2) International touring teams planned for 2019, participating countries confirmed their attendance already with many more countries in negotiation with SAFF as they would like to come to play in South Africa.

Fundamental Principles of Olympism

  1. Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good examples, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

 

  1. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.

 

  1. The Olympic movement is a concerted, organised, universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority of the IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of Olympism. It covers the five continents. It reaches its peak with the brining together of the world’s athletes at the great sports festival, the Olympic Games. Its symbol is five interlaced rings.

 

  1. The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which required mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

 

  1. Recognising that sport occurs within the framework of society, sports organisations with the Olympic Movement shall have the rights and obligations of autonomy, which include freely establishing and controlling the rules of rules of sport, determining the structure and governance of their organisations, enjoying the right of elections free from any outside influences and the responsibility for ensuring that principles of good governance be applied.

 

SAFF initiated the growth of Futsal across at grassroots level by establishing and formalising the establishments of the Cape Town Metropolitan Futsal League, Durban Futsal Association, Gauteng Futsal Association which includes Soweto Indoor Futsal Association and Ekurhuleni Futsal Association.

Futsal in its’ own right is one of the most popular sports in the world and is growing at a rapid rate. It is believed to be the missing link in South Africa, by a host of visiting countries and coaches’ during the 2010 South African Soccer World Cup. The lack of development of football in South Africa can be gauged by the fact that we were unable to qualify for the 2014 nor 2018 World Cup, the benchmark of true Futsal and Football developing countries.

Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais is aware of the transpiring developments within the code of Futsal. Following discussions with the relevant stakeholders and considering all official documentation on the matter, Minister Marais will be engaging the National Ministry and Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) and SASCOC to establish the status of Futsal in South Africa. Minister Marais said, “There seems to be a conflict of ideas with regards to the authority of Futsal in South Africa, especially in the Western Cape. It is long overdue that all stakeholders engage on the matter to ascertain how best to create an enabling environment in which all organisations can co-function to the benefit of the code’s growth, mass participation, talent identification and skills development so to make optimal use of the opportunities afforded through Futsal”.

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