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New Zealand’s elite futsal season is set for a shift.
New Zealand Football confirmed yesterday both the men’s and women’s leagues will move from September-October to February-April.
The move was supported by the majority of NZF federations.
It will allow futsal to have a dedicated playing period during the year.
Players will be able to compete in regional competitions in the spring, before the national competitions begin in the autumn.
This year’s men’s league, originally scheduled for September, will now have a provisional start date of February 19.
A $40,000 fund will also be established to support the growth of the competitions.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we have worked with all major stakeholders to hopefully come up with the best solution for the game,” NZF technical director Andy Boyens said.
“From listening to the feedback from the futsal community, playing more quality minutes was a top priority. By moving our national competitions, and investing in supporting the growth of high-quality regional competitions, we believe we can deliver that.
“This move also allows futsal to have a dedicated space in the yearly calendar which can only benefit the continued growth and visibility of the game.”