Good news for Futsal players in Pakistan

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Good news for Futsal players in Pakistan

Futsal is gaining popularity all over the world, FIFA officials are trying to develop the game on the grass root level. In order to do so they are encouraging different football confederations of the world on continental level to organize regional/national and international tournaments in their respective federations. FIFA is also trying to legitimate the game as a part of the world Olympics.

For countries where there are extreme weather conditions playing football outdoors is not an easy task. So Futsal can become the most popular sport in such countries. In Pakistan the summers are very hot and prolonged, outdoor conditions are not favourable for the players to perform well. Futsal can gain popularity more then football in the country.

Pakistan Football Federation PFF is launching a full National campaign in order to promote the game in every corner of the country. The first National Futsal Championship was suppose to be held in December 2010 at Liaqat Gymnasium Islamabad from 21st to 25th December but there was a clash as the National Soccer championship was going to start from the 31st of the same month. so the championship was postponed for some time.

FIFA has been donating a handsome amount of funds to the PFF, they also provided them with funds to build FIFA house at Lahore, Pakistan. In 2007 the Asian Football Confederation AFC held the AFC Presidents Cup in the country in order to promote football in the region. Futsal is not that known sport in the country as there is a scarcity of indoor stadiums.

The first National Futsal Championship will now be held in the second week of July 2011. The president of PFF Faisal Saleh Hayat approved 16 teams to participating in the Futsal Championship. The president has requested to the heads of the Regional and provincial football organisation in Pakistan to form clubs and teams in order to promote the game.

The Football Federation will also be forming National Futsal Team, the AFC officials are planning to start an AFC Futsal Level-One coaching in October or November 2011. The event will be considered among the PFF yearly activity calendar and will become an annual event

There will be four teams from the provinces of the country; Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan and NWFP. Also there will be teams from Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jamu and Kashmir, FATA, Water and power development authority WAPDA, Khan Research laboratories KRL, Pakistan International Airlines PIA, Karachi Electric Supply Corporation KESC, Karachi Electric Supply Corporation KESC, Pakistan Army,Pakistan Air force PAF, Karachi Port Trust KPT and Chaman Afghan FC.

The PFF Director Operation Pervaiz Saeed Mir is in close collaboration with the Pakistan Sports board to develop the indoor playing facility within the country. Further to invite teams from different federations of Asia to play the friendly matches in Pakistan.