THE Athletic Union Futsal League is returning – bigger than ever after an enforced closure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Back are trusted favourites Blue Magic FC along with Puskas Hagi, St Itas and Bohemians but also in the mix is a return for Real Transylvania while FC Moldova and Neale Fenn’s Path To Pro are interesting applications to the competitive division.
Another newcomer is FC Lokomotiv whose 11-a-side team compete in the O’Neills Leinster Football League but are going to use the AUL Futsal to help improve their technical skills on what would otherwise be a training night, so it’ll be interesting to see how that works out.
AUL Futsal Director Tony Martin believes that both FC Moldova and Path To Pro along with Puskas Hagi and St Ita’s will offer stronger resistance to futsal powerhouse Blue Magic FC who were recent representatives of the FAI in the UEFA Futsal Champions League where they acquitted themselves very well in Montenegro.
The National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown will host the majority of matches but Donabate Sports and Leisure will also be a venue and the action will kick off on November 1 with Blue Magic taking on familiar opponents in Ballymun United at the Abbotstown venue.
The absence of futsal has deprived the AUL of a growing asset in terms of their playing platforms but the league remains singularly ambitious as far as the sport is concerned and have plans to introduce an Women’s Futsal League early in 2022.
In this respect, the league has linked up with Pro Brazil Futsal Academy who have up to 140 female members and an upcoming outdoor futsal tournament in Clonshaugh will be used to gauge support for the proposed Women’s AUL League with a post Christmas posting of fixtures in advance of kick-off.
“It’s a great sport and numbers are slowly beginning to come into the discipline,” said Tony Martin.
“We have some really exciting new entries to the men’s league and while Blue Magic have been the standard bearers and great ambassadors for the game, I expect some of the new clubs to be competitive from the start and we look forward to some excellent games over the course of the new season.”
“The clubs have been very patient through the lockdown and getting back onto the court has been the priority along with the safety of the players and I want to thank them for their understanding over the course of last year where they missed out on competitive action but I also want to wish everyone the best of luck for the 22-2022 AUL Futsal season,” concluded Martin.
Blue Magic will kick-off against Ballymun united at the National indoor Arena on November 1 with a 7.20pm kick-off. FC Lokomotiv will make their league debut the following night when they face FC Moldova at 8.40pm and Old Boys BM will face St Ita’s Futsal in Donabate at 9pm. On Wednesday November 3 Pro Brazil will tackle Real Transylvania in Abbotstown at and Path To Pro will be in action against Puskas Hagi at 8.40pm.
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