Shanelle Zischke, Abbie Renouf-Dowdle, and Lily Knight playing futsal. Picture Credit: Madeline Grace
Shanelle Zischke, Abbie Renouf-Dowdle, and Lily Knight playing futsal. Picture Credit: Madeline Grace

Local girls find their feet playing futsal

FUTSAL, indoor soccer, has been an up and coming sport for soccer players to hone in on their skills in the South Burnett, and this year three local girls played at state level.

St John's Lutheran School students Shanelle Zischke, Abbie Renouf-Dowdle, and Lily Knight were all experienced and accomplished soccer players when they tried out for the South Burnett under 13s futsal team this year.

St John's Lutheran School students Shanelle Zischke, Abbie Renouf-Dowdle, and Lily Knight made the futsal Wide Bay team. Picture Credit: Madeline Grace
St John's Lutheran School students Shanelle Zischke, Abbie Renouf-Dowdle, and Lily Knight made the futsal Wide Bay team. Picture Credit: Madeline Grace

St John's sports coordinator Graeme Moseling said the girls soccer skills translated well into the smaller, yet more intense, indoor sport.

"The three girls were all exceptional soccer players when they decided to try out for the South Burnett futsal team," he said.

"But until this year they had limited to none futsal experience.

"Once they made the team and really started to get involved they realised how much they loved it.

"It was a great learning opportunity for them and a way to improve on their soccer skills in the off season."

The three girls were then selected to play for the Wide Bay futsal team, where they competed at the State Titles.

"They didn't win or go any further than State," Mr Moseling said.

"But personally I'm proud of how far they went with such little experience.

"One of the girls, Abbie Renouf-Dowdle, was also selected as Most Valuable Player of the team. Which was huge."

Mr Moseling said he was impressed by the three girls and their efforts in the sport this season.

"All three of them are very talented, passionate, skilled, professional, and confident team players," he said.

"They also learnt a lot from this experience, it was a great opportunity.

"I'd love to see more soccer players give it a go next season."

Shanelle Zischke, Abbie Renouf-Dowdle, and Lily Knight playing futsal. Picture Credit: Madeline Grace
Shanelle Zischke, Abbie Renouf-Dowdle, and Lily Knight playing futsal. Picture Credit: Madeline Grace

Mr Moseling said being indoors and playing on a much smaller scale than soccer gives players the chance to focus on skills other than fitness.

"It really is a sport with just so many benefits," he said.

"Soccer has 11 on the field whereas futsal only has five.

"Futsal is also played on a much smaller scale in a basketball court. The games are also only 20 minutes long.

"It just compliments soccer perfectly and gives players a chance to really focus on their kicking and passing skills without having to worry about distance or fitness."

Mr Moseling said next year he has high hopes to send even more up and coming soccer players along to try their feet at futsal.

"I'd like to see as many of our players make it to state as possible."

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