Who We Are
The Australian Futsal Association (AFA) was formed in 2010, and was born out of futsal organisations that had been operating across Australia since the early 1990s, when it was identified that there was a real need for a standalone national body for futsal. A sporting body that is focused on the development of futsal across Australia, as a sport in its own right, as opposed to a form of training for other sports or a recreational activity.
With member clubs, futsal centres and affiliates in every state across Australia, and 60+ full-time staff (including those employed by affiliates), AFA is by far the largest futsal organisation in the country.
Programmes range from local club competitions for all ages from Cairns to Hobart and Brisbane to Perth, stretching to just about every corner of Australia.
AFA provide a complete player pathway, with progression from local competitions to State Titles and Leagues, followed by National Championships and finally the chance to represent Australia at international tours and tournaments.
The AFA Schools programme is a benchmark for school futsal across the globe, with approximately 2200 teams competing in local school competitions across Australia every year.
Like club futsal there is a pathway, allowing both teams and individual players (ensuring talented players have the opportunity to advance, regardless of their school team’s ability) to progress. The ‘Australasian Champion of Champions’ gives schools the chance to battle it out and be crowned National Champions, whilst National School Championships gives players the opportunity to represent their region against other regions from across the country. Players are selected from the National School Championships to represent Australia on international tours and at renowned international tournaments. The AFA Club programme is the leading club based competition with over 60,000 participants across Australia (including affiliates).
Players participate in weekly competitions and in various leagues and tournaments including State and Regional Titles. The National Club Championships is the largest national tournament in Australia with more than 200 teams from all over Australia, played over 8 days, using 16 courts and over 4000 players and supporters. The National Club Championships gives players the opportunity to represent their region against other regions from across the country. Players are selected from the National Club Championships to represent Australia at International Tours and Tournaments.
Player development is of paramount importance to AFA. Our flagship GOL Brasil programme offers academy teams, futsal schools, holiday camps & clinics and international tours. In additional to these opportunities for players, coach and referee education courses are provided across Australia under the GOL Brasil banner. GOL Brasil is the largest and fastest growing futsal specific development program in Australia.
AFA prides itself in offering its players the chance to sample futsal around the globe, playing against and learning from the best. Our International Tours span across Asia, Europe, South and North America. On the competitive side, AFA is one of the founding members of the International Futsal Alliance (IFA). Through the IFA, AFA National Teams compete against other nations from around the world in the IFA World Cup, across both youth and open age groups. It also offers our club sides the chance to compete in a wide selection of high level prestigious international tournaments.
Regardless of whether you would like to play, coach, work in futsal or volunteer, AFA would like to hear from you. Click here to get involved.
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AFA Staff Team
AFA is very proud of our team of employees. Our staff across Australia have an unrivalled passion for the game of futsal. Many of them have came through the ranks, playing futsal with AFA from an early age, whereas others bring expertise from some of the world's top futsal countries.
Click here for a full directory of our team.
Health and Safety
The AFA operates a strict health and safety policy in order to ensure the safest and most comfortable futsal experience for all participants. This includes:
In the event that the temperature reaches 32 degrees or greater, all teams are encouraged to ensure a sufficient amount of fluid is taken on board. In addition to this the referee will provide additional comfort breaks when required. Teams are also reminded to enact more frequent substitutions to give players the opportunity to rehydrate.
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First Aid, Insurance and Ambulance Cover
First aid is provided at all AFA centres. Report all injuries to the sports trainer or centre administrator at your venue so they can be recorded for future reference as necessary. Ice will be available for the treatment of minor injuries and sprains.
Insurance and ambulance cover is available for certain tournaments and events. If you are unsure about whether you are covered, please contact the event organiser or team coach.
At present AFA do not have any permanent vacancies. However, we do welcome unsolicited submissions of resumes. Please send yours, along with a covering note detailing your futsal, employment and academic experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming a futsal coach, a number of courses are available. Click here for more information.
If you are interested in becoming a referee, a number of courses are available. Click here for more information. If you are already qualified and seeking casual work, please contact your local centre manager.
Would you like to give something back to the game of futsal, whilst building up your volunteering portfolio? AFA have a number of opportunities, ranging from coaching to getting involved with the media side through journalism and photography. Click here for more information.