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In Australia, Futsal
Futsal is a variant of association football that is played on a smaller pitch and mainly played indoors. Its name is a portmanteau of the Portuguese futebol de salão and the Spanish fútbol de salón , which can be translated as "hall football" or "indoor football"...
is conducted under the auspices of the National Futsal Commission of Football Federation Australia
Football Federation Australia is the governing body for the sport of football in Australia. Before 1 January 2005, it was known as the Australian Soccer Association , which succeeded Soccer Australia in this role in 2003...
and State/Territory based futsal associations.
Australia has played in all five FIFA Futsal World Cups.
The first game of competitive Indoor Soccer
Indoor soccer or arena soccer, or six-a-side football in the United Kingdom, is a game derived from association football adapted for play in an indoor arena such as a turf-covered hockey arena or skating rink. The most important difference in play is that the indoor field is surrounded by a wall...
(not Futsal) in Australia was played at the YMCA Sporting Complex in Epping, New South Wales
Epping is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Epping is located 18 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of the City of Ryde, the City of Parramatta and Hornsby Shire and is located in the Northern...
in August/September 1970. It was introduced by Edwin (Eddie) Palmer, a new immigrant, who had recently arrived from East Africa
East Africa Protectorate was an area of East Africa occupying roughly the same terrain as present-day Kenya from the Indian Ocean inland to Uganda and the Great Rift Valley...
. Karl Plexis was Administrator of the Centre at that time.
The rules were simple. The four walls of the arena were the boundary lines, (used by players to bounce the ball off in getting past opponents). The ball had to stay below head height. No dangerous play. 15-minute halves. No substitutes. Outdoor football (soccer) balls were used initially but the Nassau fluro green felt soccer ball, easy to see against white or light coloured gym walls, was introduced in later years.
The following year, 1971, Jack Bowder, and a few parents of the players taking part in the inaugural competition, took a team to Revesby YMCA to demonstrate the game.
The growth of the game and the introduction of Futsal is described by Dawn Gilligan in her submission, The truth as I know it
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