LIME launches National Street Futsal tourney
Jamaica's first-ever national futsal competition, the LIME National Street Futsal tournament, was officially launched at the Football Factory on Wednesday night and vice-president of marketing for sponsor LIME, Carlo Redwood, says the aim is to have futsal being played across all age groups in every community in the long term.
Red wood said most of the world stars honed their skills through futsal and they hope this version of the sport will also aid in the overall development of the game locally.
As a gesture of their commitment to the development of the sport LIME handed over a total of $1.2 million to be shared among the parish associations.
"We are in it for the long haul, the goal is to expand it across all age groups and lead it towards developing a national programme, having a national team to go and play the tournaments all over the world, and ultimately, get to the futsal World Cup.
"The long-term vision is to have futsal played over Jamaica at all age groups, so we have to start somewhere and we have to build towards that. All across the world-players in the top football countries played futsal from they were very young, and you see the results of that in terms of their football development, so why not bring that to Jamaica so we can develop our football?" he said.
The tournament will kick off on March 21 with the St Thomas leg at Rudolph Elder Park. Sixteen teams from the 14 parishes and Portmore will battle for parish honours and a place in the grand final set for March 24 at Half-Way Tree. The games will be contested on a straight knockout basis starting with a round of 16 and working the way down to one parish champion.
The 14 parish champions and the municipality of Portmore winners will take home $150,000 each and the runner-up $50,000. The national futsal champion will receive $1.5 million.