The Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF)
identified a need to provide its players with more avenues for
competition and expose them to a wider range of opportunities
As a result, the SVGFF took the
initiative earlier this month, staging the inaugural SVGFF National Community Inter League Futsal Championship. The competition consisted of 16 regional sides separated into four zones and was played from September 9-17, with North Leeward ultimately earning a 7-3 win over Layou in the final.
According to observers, the event was a resounding success.
“The inaugural futsal tournament saw the entire country taking part, as they were organized on a community and constituency basis,” said SVGFF President Venold Coombs. “This futsal tournament was enjoyed by all as national players took part along with many youths.”
By introducing a futsal competition, the SVGFF is making a commitment to overall player development, while also establishing a comprehensive approach to competing internationally in multiple disciplines.
“This tournament complements our program to have players engaged year round playing football,” Coombs remarked. “[It] is important for the selection of a national futsal team to take part in CONCACAF's tournament. We are aware some of the best players in the world had their futsal stints.”
With the futsal engine now running, Coombs and the SVGFF are eager to keep their collective feet pushed down on the accelerator. A futsal club championship is in the pipeline for the early part of 2018.
Current and potential stakeholders are taking note of these proactive efforts.
“[The tournament] has drawn the attention and support from various quarters, who now want to come aboard with assistance or sponsorship,” finished Coombs. “The success again demonstrates to CONCACAF our federation’s total commitment to football development.”