The AFA Youth Men’s National Squad made history by lifting the first ever International Futsal Alliance Under 20 World Cup, held in Blanes, Spain from 22nd – 26th May. An opening victory over traditional futsal rivals USA got the ball rolling, before consecutive draws against Catalonia and Scotland secured semi-final qualification – but also highlighted the high standard of opposition. A semi-final victory over Basque set up a rematch with hosts Catalonia in the grand-final. The dream appeared to be over with the Spaniards 2-0 up at half-time, however a Scott Rogan solo effort restored belief and fly keeper Josh Buxton header home an equaliser shortly afterwards.
The Aussies went behind again with just minutes remaining but the most incredible three minutes of futsal you’ll ever see began with a fine Sam Lowrie equaliser, followed by a sensational Matthew Auld header and sealed by a composed Rogan strike from distance as the hosts chased the game. The final whistle blew shortly afterwards and the heroes in green and yellow lifted the prestigious trophy. You can watch video highlights of the incredible final by clicking here.
The World Cup winning squad was: Riley Battle, Mitchell Dobson, Jose Atayde (Central Coast, NSW), Matthew Auld (Penrith, NSW), Josh Buxton, Jay Broughton, Jai Bell, Sam Lowrie, Zac Gillies (Queensland), Jake French (Tasmania), Scott Rogan (Victoria), Logan Rindel (West Coast). The coaching team was led by Greg Farrell (West Coast), and assisted by Manny Tserepas and Craig Laffin (Central Coast, NSW).