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Youth Futsal teams go head-to-head

YOUTH Futsal teams went head-to-head at Suffolk One in Ipswich.

YOUTH Futsal teams went head-to-head at Suffolk One in Ipswich in the county’s second futsal finals day.

Woodbridge Town (pictured above) came out on top of the Under-12 group which also comprised Ipswich Wanderers, Hadleigh United and Sporting 87.

In the Under-14 section, Sporting 87 (pictured below) came out on top after a penalty shootout following a thrilling 5-5 draw with Chantry Grasshoppers.

Both these teams will go onto represent the county at the regional finals.

Futsal is an adapted indoor version of football which uses a heavier ball and smaller pitch, giving players more touches of the ball and encouraging faster decision making.

Suffolk FA’s futsal strand aims to provide Suffolk’s youth players with increased playing opportunities, encourage their technical and tactical development, in addition to creating positive, fun environments for teams to play futsal against other local teams.

Woodbridge Town U12 Manager Will Hopkins said: “We are looking forward to representing Suffolk in the next round, Thanks again for all the Futsal stuff - my boys have really enjoyed it!.

 Suffolk FA Senior Football Development Officer Darren Scoulding added: “It was great to see all of the players at our finals playing with flair.

“A big thank you to everyone who came to the event and contributed to the positive environment on the day.

“Suffolk FA recognises the important role that futsal plays within the development of Youth players and that is why we are exploring all avenues to get Futsal played across the county.

“I would like to wish both Woodbridge Town and Sporting 87 the very best of luck representing the county in the next round of the competition.”

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