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Who We Are – News – FIFA Forward pushes futsal’s rise in Lithuania

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Who We Are - News - FIFA Forward pushes futsal's rise in Lithuania
  • FIFA Forward Programme aiding futsal in Lithuania forward of FIFA Futsal World Cup
  • Women’s and U-19 nationwide groups created
  • Training potential regardless of COVID-19 restrictions

The FIFA Forward Programme is supporting the Lithuania nationwide crew because the nation prepares to host the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021™, and can also be serving to to develop the game throughout the nation. To that finish, a sum of $299,947 USD was made obtainable to the Lithuanian Football Association. The FIFA Forward Programme gives complete and individually tailor-made soccer growth help to FIFA member associations and the six confederations.

On 12 September 2021, the Futsal World Cup will kick off in Lithuania, marking the primary FIFA occasion to be held in the nation. The event was initially scheduled to happen in September 2020, however needed to be postponed for a 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The nation’s urge for food for futsal has grown enormously ever because it was introduced that Lithuania would host the World Cup. This has led, amongst different issues, to the welcome growth of each a ladies’s and an U-19 nationwide crew being established.

“Hosting the FIFA Futsal World Cup is a big challenge, both for the LOC and the Lithuania national futsal team,” mentioned Edgaras Stankevicius, normal secretary of the LFF. “Futsal is still a semi-professional sport in Lithuania and, as such, it still has a long road ahead. The FIFA Forward Programme has helped the national team to develop considerably within a year.”

COVID-19 restrictions making circumstances more durable

The needed and essential COVID-19 restrictions have clearly had a huge effect on the nationwide crew’s Futsal World Cup preparations, in addition to on the coaching plans of the ladies’s and U-19 sides. By guaranteeing ‘player bubbles’, it was potential to make sure that the groups may proceed to coach.

“Another very important aspect is that we’ve set up a training centre for the futsal national team, so that the coach is able to organise short training camps to maintain rhythm and communicate closely with the players,” mentioned Stankevicius of the FIFA Forward Programme’s constructive impression. “Thanks to the programme we were able to form a women’s national team and a men’s U-19 side. Obviously the pandemic has been a huge challenge for all of these teams, but they’ve managed to overcome it and continue training.”

Women's Futsal National Team of Lithuania

As the restrictions imply it’s not potential to play pleasant matches, the fixtures in the qualifying spherical for UEFA Futsal EURO 2022 in the Netherlands towards Montenegro in November 2020 took on even better significance. Lithuania could have misplaced each video games in the play-offs, succumbing to a 3-0 defeat in Montenegro and dropping 2-1 at house, however Stankevicius was glad nonetheless in gentle of the essential classes his crew realized.

“The futsal nationwide crew reached the play-off spherical of the UEFA European Championship and gained precious expertise by enjoying towards prime-high quality groups,” he mentioned.

We additionally not too long ago had the possibility to talk to the captain of the Lithuania nationwide crew, Justinas Zagurskas, in a video interview. The 25-12 months-outdated defender talks about his expectations for the Futsal World Cup and the way the one-12 months postponement of the event has each good and unhealthy sides, whereas he additionally offers insights concerning the sport of futsal in Lithuania.

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