The groups have been selected. It is now time to do all the necessary trainings and preparations and get to Poreč in Croatia where, in 67 days, the World Futsal Championship will take place. The players from 22 different countries will get a chance to compete for the World Schools Futsal Championship title.
In the premises of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport in Zagreb, the draw for the World School Championship Futsal 2016 was held yesterday, on the 25th of January, 2016.
The Championship will take place in the city of Poreč, Croatia, in April later this year. The competition that brings together high school students from 22 countries from all over the world is the first official World Schools Championship of Futsal. Croatia is proud and honored to host for this year’s Championship and is ready to shine.
Before the official draw, Josip Košutić, a member of the Organizing committee, held a short presentation about the competition. Guests of the event and everyone watching the live stream from homes could see the hotel that will host the students , the halls they will play in and the beautiful city they will be able to explore. A short promo video was played and the official website, hashtags, Instagram and Twitter accounts were presented.
The draw for the boys was led by a futsal player of economic, commercial and catering school from Samobor, who won the State championship last year with his team. The draw for the boys gave us this result:
Group A: Brazil, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Portugal
Group B: Turkey, Belgium FC, Slovakia, England, Armenia, Slovenia
Group C: Israel, Netherlands, Croatia, China, Bulgaria, Georgia
Group D: Iran, France, Belgium Flanders, Kosovo, Cyprus
The draw for the girls‘ groups was also led by a member of last year’s winning team, a student from Zagreb’s Sports gymnasium.
Group A: Turkey, Belgium Flanders, China, Croatia, Portugal
Group B: France, Brazil, Israel, Kosovo
After the draw, President of the Croatian School Sports Federation, Nikola Perković welcomed the audience and wished all the best to everybody. He expressed his satisfaction and gratitude for the competition being held in Croatia.
Deputy of the Minister of Science, Education and Sports, Tomislav Paškvalin welcomed having such a large sports event in Croatia, adding that he expects many young people from all over the world to take away wonderful memories and the best experience from their stay in Croatia.
The Delegate from ISF (International School Sport Federation), Henri Ausmaa from Estonia, talked about how happy he was to be in Croatia again and that he is, as well as the rest of the participants, looking forward to the beginning of the competition. „We are confident that the championship will be organized very well. All the participants for sure are waiting for the start of tournament already. So Good luck for all the teams.”
Students from Croatia’s State Championship winning teams are feeling confident and ready to go. They believe Croatia is a great place to have a World Championship and that the organization will be on its highest level. They are looking forward to visiting Plava Laguna in Poreč again, from where they have only the best memories. They are confident that students from distant countries will like Croatia, that they will have fun playing the sport they all enjoy and that the love for futsal will bring them all together.
Chatting about sports continued at the reception party after the draw where everyone came to a conclusion that the upcoming championship will be flawless.
IPL reporter’s team
IPL=Playing,writting, liking – students journalist project of CSFF