Brazil, Spain, Portugal and Holland are amongst the countries that will travel to Dundee this September, as Scotland gets ready to host its first ever IFA Futsal U17 World Cup.
The event will take place from September 6-10 at Dundee's DISC arena, with trials set to take place across Scotland over the coming weeks.
Steve Chatila of the Scottish Youth Futsal Federation took time out of the current Scotland v Australia U15 challenge match tour (pictured, below), to make the announcement. He told the Evening Telegraph: “Bringing the World Cup is another leap forward to bring the focus onto youth futsal in Scotland.
“We’re looking for as many supporters as possible, anybody interested in playing or learning about futsal or people who just want to see a nice, exciting game.
“There’s no dull moments in games, it’s end to end, there’s action every second. It’s well worth spending an hour or two to watch a game, you’ll enjoy it.”
“Futsal itself in Scotland is relatively new but has been running since 1930 across the world so it’s not new and is fully professional in Brazil, Spain, Italy and Russia.
“My hope is maybe four or five years down the line we are looking at semi- professional teams in Scotland.
“So with the U17s, in four or five years they will be the ideal age to be starting to look at a professional or semi-professional career in futsal."
The first set of trials will take place shortly. They are for players born 1999 or later and the details are as follows:
April 30th, Bells Sport Centre, Perth
April 30th, Manhattan Works, Dundee
May 1st, Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh
May 1st, Ally McCoist Complex, East Kilbride