Bringing Futsal (indoor soccer) to Newcastle, Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Valley.
Futsal Strikers NNSW Incorporated has been established to help with the ever-increasing growth of Futsal in Newcastle, Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, PortStephens and Hunter Valley / Country areas. Three areas of Nationals recognition will remain in NNSW City. NNSW / Central Coast. NNSW / Country.
NNSW Futsal, as we will be called, is affiliated to Australian Futsal Association, AFA, the biggest FUTSAL ONLY governing body. AFA, in turn, offers the biggest and best school program and Nationals with pathways to various national and international events.
The clubs, Hunter Futsal Strikers Clubs (HFS), P.C.Y.C, and other independent Futsal clubs, will now be NNSW Futsal Strikers Incorporated Association, members. Our clubs have all managers on the same rules and goals with regular events reporting, which is now available online on this website. Since 2013 our goals and dreams have been met with record growth, record school participants increased girls’ participation, and a record number of school and club players making Australian tours, which resulted from outstanding results at Schools and Nationals. Our DREAM of winning a men’s state title against quality state oppositions came true back in 2015 against NSW Western Sydney, leading to our first (3) NNSW players to play in the World Cup. Since then, we have had further success in providing Australian representatives with eight players from Central coast and NNSW making the under-17 Australian teams to play in the under-17 World cup in Scotland in 2016, and the same year, our own senior men’s coach, George Poulos was appointed AFA men’s coach leading into the World Championships in 2019. Since 2016 we have had further National Grand Finals successes in both Men’s and women’s. Our Club team Newcastle Titans has won many club challenges leading to international events for these teams. Representatives in both Women, Youth women Youth, and Men World cup teams continue each year, making NNSW Futsal one of the most respected Futsal associations in Australia futsal. NNSW Futsal coaches continue to be rewarded for their excellent results, with many of them achieving Australian coaching positions and the NNSW Head Coach, George Poulos, retaining his Australian Men’s Coaching position for another stint towards the next World cup in 2022 and newly appointed NNSW Futsal Technical Director David Yager be named his assistant.(The world cup was changed to a world tournament due to ongoing concerns from nations regarding Covid. George and Davids’s men’s team were runners-up in this tournament with eleven NNSW players in every Australian team that represented, Under 14, Under 17, Youth, Women and Men.
The Premier State team competitions will recommence in 2023, with a JDFL and SYL for the juniors and a Premier League for our under-16 Youth, women and men. The Newcastle Titans Men and women will be joined by the Central Coast Lightning to play in the AFA National League ( NCL). As more elite players benefit by playing Futsal, a collaboration between Futsal bodies and Football bodies is hoped to help both codes.
There will be pathways for under 6 to senior players. NNSW Futsal Newcastle Titans Academy has been established to keep our elite and future elite players developing their skills and being conducted by NNSW Futsal accredited. Much-liked coaches Nathan Baker and David Yager (the NNSW Futsal Technical Director.). In 2021 David Yager was appointed Futsal Technical Director and, together with executive managers and accredited coaches, will provide Futsal academies / Clinics to any outdoor club wishing to collaborate with NNSW Futsal. As well as helping coach development. Kevin Robertson, Central Coast Manager and his sub-committee will conduct a similar program in Central Coast each year! There will be pathways for coaches and referees. Our Coaches and Referees are now recognised as some of the best in Australia, and in fact, four referees to date have been awarded world cup duties in line with their outstanding performances.
Having produced men, women, youth men, youth women and under-17 players for Australian teams to play at World Cup events, our future looks great with more and more boys and girls playing the sport for FUN or pathways to State, National and International honours.
The elite program is not the only interest that NNSW Futsal focuses on. The social/grassroots competition provided by the many clubs registered with NNSW Futsal will, from 2023, have opportunities for their development, with gala days organised to play against teams from other areas and academies clinics in school holidays. Representative teams will not be able to compete at these gala days nor during the summer social competition that starts in September and goes through to the end of February. This will allow the social teams to develop within their capabilities and continue having fun.
Futsal NNSW Vision statement.
To provide a vibrant, safe, friendly and enjoyable environment for all our members and to have an NNSW Futsal indoor facility for all ages, gender, and abilities in line with the NSW Office of Sports vision of valued and active sports enhancing the lives of the people in our NNSW Futsal region.