Following the recent decision made by the UEFA Executive Committee to introduce new Futsal competitions at youth level, the FIGC has restructured its set-up under the control of Club Italia. The National Team Coach Roberto Menichelli has been tasked with implementing a development programme for the new male and female Under-19 and Under-17 teams. In the next two years, they will start to take part in official UEFA and CIO competitions with the Futsal Camp project monitoring progress. Menichelli will be assisted by Carmine Tarantino and the new technical collaborator Alessio Musti.
The international calendar for the next two years has been set with development tournaments at Under-17 level (male and female) to be held under UEFA’s eye with a view to the Male Under-19 Futsal European Championship which will be held in 2019 with the host not yet decided. There will also be a first qualifying tournament for the Youth Olympics in be held in Buenos Aires from 1st to 12th October.
The FIGC has been awarded with the right to host the Under-17 Women’s competition between 21st and 25th June this year with Russia, Kazakhstan and Romania set to participate. The host venue will be confirmed in the coming weeks. The Men’s Under-17 National Team will be in Portugal from 29th June where they will face the home country, the Netherlands and Spain.
For both of the National Teams, the official start date is scheduled for 6th May with a joint training camp at Novarello (Novara). The Women’s Team will be tracked by Roberto Menichelli while the Men’s Team will prepare under the eye of Carmine Tarantino. Following a suggestion from Menichelli, Club Italia has scheduled a series of camps which will begin in Eboli between 23rd and 27th April in order to monitor the large number of eligible players born in 1997, 1998 and 1999. For this, Club Italia will collaborate with Alessio Musti.
Men’s Under-19 National Futsal Team
6th to 10th May – Novarello (NO)
Women’s Under-17 National Futsal Team
6th to 7th May – Novarello (NO)
13th to 14th May – Fondi (LT)
20th to 21st May – Policoro (MT)
10th to 11th June – Location to be confirmed
Senior Side (Including emerging players)
23rd to 27th April – Eboli (SA)