To take on international teams and academy teams at futsal is quite an achievement. To go on and win every game is simply quite brilliant!
What is futsal?
Put simply, futsal is the future! It's usually played indoors on a hard court, so no need to worry about the weather, and is all about close control, fast football, quick thinking, skill and, most of all, teamwork - I sincerely believe every School should play futsal.
If you can get your team involved, I can't recommend it highly enough - check out the Wirral Futsal Facebook page for more info.
AC Hoylake's world-conquering futsal team
Our number one coach, Carl Porschke, introduced me to futsal five years ago, and together we have put a team into both the Wallasey Futsal League and the TRFC Futsal League.
Last year we won the Wallasey Futsal League playing some fantastic football,and our brilliant league win also won us an invite to play in the Wrexham International Futsal Cup, alongside a team representing Wrexham FC, a number of other Welsh teams, and the two best futsal teams from Australia - a pretty strong line up, I'm sure you'll agree.
Such was the international nature of the tournament, we were asked to bring an English flag along, as we were representing England!
The tournament took on a league-style format, with each team playing each other once, and kicked with all teams holding their flags and standing while our national anthem belted out of the tannoy! Myself and Carl got a big case of the goosebumps!
Now we know we have a very good futsal team, but all the other teams were unknown to us - other than we knew Wrexham FC would have a great team, and the two Australian teams had to be pretty special if they'd come all this way - and things went against before we'd kicked a ball, losing two players through injury, leaving us just one sub.
Our first game was against Australia, who had never been beaten at all, until now!
We got in their faces from the off, and they didn't like it. We'd set down our marker and they were visibly rattled! After going a goal behind, we won the 20-minute game 2-1.
A great start and then we just got better.
We then went on to win our next four games, before playing the we then played the penultimate game against the other Australian side -
whichever team won this match were champions, simple as that!
We took the initiative early one, taking a comfortable 2-0 lead, but Australia pulled a goal back to get right back into the game.
The, with five minutes left on the clock, our nerves were eased as we finally got our third - an absolutely sublime lob from the excellent Calum Walsh.
We all went crazy! Myself and Carl got on the pitch - we couldn't help ourselves!
But the game was far from done, and Australia hit back again, to make it 3-2. As if our nerves weren't shredded enough, the referee gave the Australians a direct free kick on the edge of the area with just 10 seconds left!
As the kick was lined up, there was just one second on the clock! This goes in and it's a draw, and the team who scored the most goals (which happened to be them) would be champions!
The ref blew and the Australian kid smashed the ball, but our boys threw themselves at it and blocked the shot!
The siren for full time went and we were champions!
We went nuts while all the other teams looked on!
This is probably the proudest myself and Carl have ever been of our team! And we've been coaching these kids from the age of five - they're 14!
The whole day was an amazing experience, and the Australian coach has insisted we go the Futsal World Cup in Spain next year!
We are looking into funding and if we get it who knows, our little futsal team may get the chance to take on the world!
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