It might be too early to start the countdown to the next ISF WSC Futsal taking place from April 3 until April 10, 2016, however, with the settings that were presented during the ISF preliminary visit in the host city Porec, Croatia, it is difficult not to be very excited about this upcoming championship.
From April 28 to May 1, 2015, members of the Technical Commission (TC) of Futsal Konrad Berchtold, TC President, and Jean Pierre Dummar, Vice President, along with other ISF representatives including Norbert Kever, ISF Executive Director, Henri Ausmaa, ISF Delegate and Hrvoje Custonja, ISF Assessor, visited the surroundings in Porec that will make up the scene for next years ISF WSC Futsal.
Some of the places the ISF representatives visited included, among others, the hotel that will accommodate the participants during the championship as well as the two halls in which the competitions will take place. All participants along with the ISF Delegate, TC members, Heads of Delegations and officials will stay at Hotel Delfin, located at the seaside and only 4 kilometres from the city of Porec, which is known for the episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
During the championship, the competitions will take place in two separate halls, Intersport Hall and Zatika Hall, with the capacity to host a great number of people, especially Zatika Hall, which can house 5000 spectators. Both halls will each provide two fields amounting to a total of four fields for the competitions. For all fields, a few agreed-upon measures have to be adjusted prior to the championship, however, the TC members and the ISF representatives are confident that the Croatian School Sport Federation is prepared to welcome all participating delegations.
So far, 22 boys teams and 10 girls teams have signed up for the competition, and the Organising Committee has already put together a provisional programme. According to this, the Cultural Day, which is an integral part of any WSC, will take place half way through the championship inviting all participants to an excursion to the city centre of Porec. The International Friendship Evening is planned in continuation of the Cultural Day and will be held at the main square in Porec Old Town. Here there will be a special stage for performances and small stands for each country to present their national artefacts and other items related to their country. We can only wonder what each delegation will bring of interesting artefacts, and in the meantime, perhaps we can start the countdown to April and the kickoff of the championship.