Futsal has been on a steady rise as more Filipino youths get into the sport. With the increasing popularity of 11-a-side football, its quicker, indoor-variation, futsal, which is more conducive to the urban setting is starting to pick up in terms of its growth in the country.
Allianz Philippines, in partnership with the Henry V. Moran Foundation and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), has been a contributor to the growth of this sport with the third edition of its annual Allianz National Youth Futsal invitational (ANYFI).
The three aforementioned entities involved in the in the midst of ANYFI’s regional tournament phase. As of this writing, the Visayas Regional Leg is currently on-going where a nationwide tournament is about to unfold until June 30 in which champions from each region will be determined.
True to ANYFI’s nationwide scope, the press conference on the launch of the 2019 edition of the invitational tournament was held last April 6 in Davao City to spark futsal, particularly the competition’s presence in Mindanao.
“The sport of football has progressed a lot since we started our futsal invitational three years ago. We have sent our most talented Filipino players in one of the best if not the best football camps in Asia and Europe. Many of them have advanced in their careers getting into the national team and representing the country in games abroad. We have also brought them to train at the FC Bayern training grounds of Sabener Strasse in Munich, Germany, and they have shown that they can indeed play amongst the best young football and futsal players in the world,” said Rei Abrazaldo, Brand Communications and Digital Director, Allianz Philippines.
The non-profit Henry V. Moran Foundation, which contributes in helping public school youths with sporting opportunities through football and futsal, shared the on-court sport’s potential in developing talent.
“The Philippines is teeming with talents in football. We just need to give our youth the support and venue to further hone their skills and excel in the sport. In the Philippines, this can be easily achieved through futsal, a sport that can be organized and played in gyms. It’s proven across the world that futsal develops better football players, and our experience tells us that futsal is an appropriate development approach for the Philippine setting,” said Chairman Danny Moran.
The PFF, in a show of support, had Futsal Department Head Kevin Goco in attendance.
“The PFF is always pleased to see private entities like Allianz and the Henry V. Moran Foundation in helping us grow the sport of futsal in the country. Allianz’s support is a welcome act by the PFF and we hope that the children who join this tournament will have fun and display their skills and talents throughout the competition,” Atty. Gastanes stated in a message.
“Our young players’ achievements will not only make their parents, teams, and communities proud; they can likewise make their country proud. We have seen it before and we hope we continue seeing it in the future as the
popularity of the sport progresses in the coming years. Futsal is the world’s fastest growing indoor sport, and we feel it has massive potential in engaging more communities, creating world class athletes, and improving lives,” shared Mr. Goco.
It is to note that in the 2018 Allianz Explorer Camp in Germany (through Allianz Philippines), Philippine representatives Juan Miguel Basmayor (Manila) and Catherine Angelica Bradborn (Pampanga) got silver and bronze with their respective teams in the events they competed in while a third representative Ivy Tapiz (Dipolog) also produced a commendable performance.
Below are the list of the activities (on-going and scheduled as of this writing) on the regional tournaments:
It’s time for the country’s future futsal elite athletes to shine. Who will emerge as regional champions? Also which players will shine for a shot to represent the country in this year’s Allianz Explorer Camps in Singapore and Germany?
Let’s find out!
NOTE: ANYFI age groups and categories
- 14 under Boys (Born 2005)
- 14 under Girls (Born 2005)
- 16 under Boys (Born Sept 1, 2002, and after)
- 16 under Girls (Born Sept 1, 2002, and after)
Interested teams are advised to email their completed application form, team registration form, waivers, and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org at the soonest possible time. Once submitted, the Tournament Committee will then inform the teams if their application has been received. For inquiries, you can contact Jesus Montealto at 09950083924.