The Talk’s Futsal Team comprises young Omani athletes who have been playing together for the last seven years. In the local futsal community they are often referred to as the Dream Futsal Team and have won several local championships in the last five years.
They put up a good challenge to the rival Al Wasl Club, emerging victorious in the first match. The game belonged to the Al Wasl club in the second round; however Talks’ players garnered invaluable experience and a taste of competition by playing against a professional futsal team. Al Wasl officials too were impressed with their performance in creativity and technical skills.
This could well be the start of a new beginning in the league of futsal for the Talks Team, which will be honing their skills under the supervision of a specialized Brazilian coach. Upcoming events on the team’s futsal calendar include a training camp in Doha this May and an international tournament in Malaysia in June. The Talks team hopes that like-minded individuals and organisations will help it sustain the sport abroad through supportive sponsorships for international tournaments.
To date there is no Futsal league or National team in Oman unlike in other GCC countries. However, The Ministry of Sports Affairs has been reiterating its promise of starting an Omani Futsal League and a national team.
Futsal is a variant football that is played on a smaller pitch and mainly indoors. It is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalie. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. It is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.