On the ball to World Cup goal

05:44, May 27 2014
Futsal 1
MAN ON: Capital Football's Natalie Lawrence is marked by Said Soleimanpour from Datacom.
Futsal 2
Futsal2: Open run: Said Soleimanpour from Datacom races down the wing.
Futsal 3
Fun in the sun: Wellington City Council's futsal team, yellow, plays against Datacom.
Futsal 4
From the top: Wellington deputy mayor Justin Lester, right, attempts to get the ball passed a Datacom player.

Passionate footballers are celebrating one year until the FIFA under-20 World Cup with a week-long festival of futsal.

The five-a-side game is normally played indoors, but for this week only a special field has been set up in Civic Square.

Schools, businesses and rep sides will be showcasing the sport all week and the public can have a go during various open sessions.

The New Zealand team will play Wellington's top adult and teenage teams as well as having open sessions.
Wellington's deputy mayor Justin Lester, who is playing in the Wellington City Council team said the festival was a great idea and he was looking forward to playing.

He then added that their first opponents, Datacom, looked good.

The festival runs until Sunday June 1. Action runs from about 9am till 7pm on weekdays and from 9am till 5.30pm on Saturday and 9am till 3.30pm on Sunday.

On Friday, the New Zealand futsal team plays Wellington All Stars at 1pm, Capital Fustal at 6pm.

Click here to view the full schedule.The under-20 football world cup kicks off in Wellington on May 30 next year.


The Wellingtonian