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Marie Little OAM Athlete Support Program Funding

The Marie Little OAM Athlete Support Program provides financial support for people living with a disability to participate in local, State and National sporting events and activities. Through the fundraising efforts of Inclusive Sport SA, each year, athletes living with a disability and State Sporting Organisations can apply for financial support to assist them with the costs of participation.

Submissions for the current round of funding are due by COB Friday 28th April.

To download the application forms, please click on the appropriate link below:

Local Athlete Support State Team/Athlete Support International Athlete Support

For more information and terms and conditions please visit

Any further questions please contact Nathan at Inclusive Sport SA on 8122 6732 or

2017 National Futsal Championships

Football Federation South Australia (FFSA) Athletes with a Disability team (AWD) is competing at the 36th Football Federation Australia National Futsal Championships. The 2017 tournament is being held between January 3rd & 8th in Sydney, New South Wales.

Inclusive Sport SA is proudly supporting the FFSA AWD team through the Marie Little OAM Athlete Support Program (MLASP). The MLASP is contributing over $1800 towards the uniform costs for the players and officials. For more information on the MLASP or if you are interested in how to apply for individual funding, please visit

If you would like to make a donation to the team please visit: donations will go directly to the players to subsidise the cost of their trip. Any support would be greatly appreciated!

2017 FFSA AWD Team (Left to Right): Igor Negrao (Coach), Bradley Bettens, Chris Thompson, Samuel Mills, Roberto Mastrogiacomo, Toby Sutherland, Rhys Baker, Brandon Venables, Sean Guster, Paul Eichner (Manager)

Coach’s Report

Wednesday 4th January

The place we are staying and playing is the Valentine Park in Glenwood, the headquarters of Football NSW. The team was really excited today to play the first game of the competition against the NSW Thunder.

It was a very exciting game full of action and great effort from all players. NSW scored 2 games in the first half and, with a very deep bench, coach Greg managed to keep his players’ energy fresh by rotating everyone.

Goalkeeper Chris Thompson did a fabulous job stopping lots of shots against us. Captain Bradley Bettens was satisfied with the team performance and proud of the way we played.

The Mount Gambier promising star Sam Mills scored a quick goal right at the start of second half making the game 2×1. Towards the end of the match, NSW started pressuring the ball and scored 3 more goals making the final score 5×1 in their favour.

As a coach, very proud of everyone and looking forward to tomorrow’s games!

Tonight, some of the players will watch the Big Bash Cricket game and some will be at the accommodation relaxing and recovering a little bit.

Thursday 5th January

A very humid and hot morning in Sydney, but the energy was pretty high during our second game of the Nationals against the solid team from ACT at 9am.

The game was very balanced and competitive! ACT played a really good first half scoring two goals and also stopping all shots from our two main attackers Rhys Baker and Sam Mills.

During half-time, the team made some adjustments and played a much better second half scoring one goal and almost equalising a couple of times. In the last minute of the game, the score was 2×1 in favour of ACT, and the pressure was on!

Unfortunately for us, ACT had a quick counter attack at the end of the match, and scored its third goal making the final score 3×1.

Most of the players were a bit upset after the game, but team manager Paul Eichner and volunteer Antonio Trotta did a great job motivating the team to focus on the next task – the game against Tasmania in the afternoon.

With a positive mindset and great determination, our team started the game on fire scoring 7 goals in the first half and allowing just one goal from Tasmania Team. Toby Sutherland was the player of the match, leading the team with his voice and scoring two important goals for SA!

Brandon Venables and Sean Guster also did an outstanding job on both sides of the court (defense and offense) stopping the Tasmania players and scoring a goal each! Final score 12×3 – first win for SA.

Well done team SA for giving ACT a great challenge this morning and for winning our first game in the competition this afternoon.

Straight after the second game, the team had a recovery session in the pool conducted by our team manager Paul Eichner and everyone is looking forward to playing tomorrow against Queensland (9am) and NSW Lightning (6pm).

Let’s go SA!

Friday 6th January

Today was a very exciting day for the FFSA Inclusive Team!

We didn’t start the day very well, losing against Queensland in the morning 11×1 at 9am. Queenslander Josh Long, last year’s Grand Final MVP dominated the match scoring several goals with his powerful long kicks.

The SA boys were down a little bit after the tough loss, but a trip to the local shopping centre after lunch helped the team to relax.

The second game of the day was a ‘win or go home’ game against the NSW Lightining, which was also playing for the last spot in the Semifinals.

The game plan was to keep the control of the ball and pressure the opposition. With the fantastic support from the crowd – several young players from South Australia – the SA team executed the game plan with great perfection scoring 4 goals in the first half and allowed just a single one from NSW.

Despite playing through a very sore leg, Sean Guster was the player of the match scoring the first goal of the game and playing a very solid defense next to Captain Bradley Bettens.

The second half was very tense with players getting physical on both sides of the court. Hard fouls were called and amazing plays by both teams. The final result was 6×2 giving us a spot in the Semifinals!

Well done NSW Lightining for playing really hard and showing great sportsmanship.

Now, we are off to dinner and on the way to the movies to enjoy the evening and we all look forward to tomorrow’s game (1pm) against the powerful NSW Thunder, which finished on top of the ladder.

Well done Team SA!

Saturday 7th January

Here we are again with an update of the 2017 FFA Futsal National Championships.

Today, FFSA team (4th place) played against NSW Thunder (1st place) in the Semifinals at 1pm at Valentine Park.

It was the rematch from last year’s Semis and the boys were a bit nervous but at the same time excited and positive.

There were around a hundred people supporting both teams including the FFSA Under 12’s making some noise!

The game started with a scoreless 10 minutes and both goal-keepers were determined not to let the first goal through.

NSW kept attacking the SA goal and eventually scored. At the half time the score was 4×0 in NSW favour. Some of the SA players were feeling exhaust after six intense games but never gave up and kept trying to score. At the last second, Sam Mills put one through the net and the crowd went crazy!

Final score was 6 to 1 for NSW. Thank you for NSW for the great sportsmanship throughout the whole week.

Tomorrow there will be the Grand Finals and we are going to watch the Queensland against NSW Thunder at the Sydney Olympic Park and hopefully going for a walk near the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

On behalf of Inclusive Sport SA, thank you very much for your support. Well done to all players from AWD Divison, coaches, referees and team managers. Thanks Football NSW and FFSA for supporting our team and for organising such a great competition.

Thanks Paul Eichner and Antonio Trotta for the incredible work doing the laundry, driving us around and helping the team to recover between the games.

Thank you Toby for writing this report!

We look forward to coming back STRONGER next year.

Yours trully,
Igor Ferrari Negrao


Round 1
FNSW Metro Thunder – 5     (2 Goals – Z. Jones, N. Nunn. 1 Goal – D. Kalogiros)
FFSA – 1     (1 Goal – S. Mills)
Round 2
FFSA – 1     (1 Goal – R. Baker)
ACT – 3     (2 Goals – C. Gudgeon. 1 Goal – G. Pannell)
Round 3
NHC Tasmania – 3     (1 Goal – A. Dengate, S. Krushka, T. Dixon)
FFSA – 12     (5 Goals – S. Mills. 2 Goals – R. Baker, T. Sutherland. 1 Goal – S. Guster, B. Venables, A. Dengate (og))
Round 4
FFSA – 1     (1 Goal – S. Mills)
QLD Metro – 11     (5 Goals – J. Long. 3 Goals – A. Davison. 1 Goal – L. Amos, E. Bond, T. Warner)
Round 5
FNSW Metro Lightning – 2     (2 Goals – S. Sauri)
FFSA – 6     (2 Goals – S. Mills, R. Baker. 1 Goal – B. Bettens, T. Sutherland)
FNSW Metro Thunder – 6     (2 Goals – P. Mitchell, M. Forrest. 1 Goal – D. Kalogiros, A. Hernandez)
FFSA – 1     (1 Goal – S. Mills)

2017 FFSA Futsal Team Trials

The 2017 National Futsal Championships will be held in Sydney, NSW from January 3rd to 9th, 2017.

FFSA and Inclusive Sport SA would like to invite players with an intellectual disability* to trial for the South Australian team.

*must have (or obtain) Sport Inclusion Australia National Classification

Trials are open to players 16 years old and over. Players must be available to travel from January 3rd to 9th inclusive.

Please see details of the trials below and fill in the form if you are interested.

For more information please contact Nathan at Inclusive Sport SA on 8122 6732 or

Friday 7th October
Hamilton Secondary College, 815 Marion Rd, Mitchell Park (map)

Sunday 9th October
Ingle Farm Recreation Centre, Beovich Rd, Ingle Farm (map)

Play Futsal!

Please REGISTER for the session below!

2016 FFA National Futsal Championship

futsal imageThe 2016 FFA National Futsal Championships will be held in New South Wales from January 4th to 8th, 2016.

The Football Federation of South Australia (FFSA) are sending a number of teams over for the championships to compete in different divisions. Inclusive Sport SA are supporting a team to compete in the athletes with a disability (AWD) division. Players selected in the team must be over 16 years of age and have an intellectual disability.

Congratulations to the following players and officials for being selected in the FFSA Futsal Team:

Rhys Baker
Brad Bettens
Joshua Gordon
Paul Leikas
Sam Mills
Jamal Seiler
Shaun Stonelake
Toby Sutherland

Coach: Igor Negrao
Team Manager: Nathan Pepper

A fundraising page for this team has been set up to assist players with the costs associated with the trip eg flights, accomodation, transport, etc.

If you would like to show your support, please visit

Stayed tuned and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates!

2016 FFSA Futsal Team Trial

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The 2016 FFA National Futsal Championships will be held in Sydney, NSW from January 4th to 8th, 2016.

The Football Federation of South Australia (FFSA) are sending a number of teams over for the championships to compete in different divisions. Inclusive Sport SA are supporting a team to compete in the athletes with a disability (AWD) division. Players selected in the team must be over 16 years of age and have an intellectual disability (completing the Ausrapid eligibility application process to classify their intellectual disability).

See below for details on the trial date for the AWD team.

To REGISTER for the trial or for more information please contact Nathan Pepper from Inclusive Sport SA on 8122 6732 or
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Futsal National Championships

The 34th FFA Futsal National Championships will be held in Sydney from January 5th to 9th 2015 and is proudly hosted by Football NSW on behalf of Football Federation Australia. The FFA Futsal National Championships are by far the biggest National football tournament in Australia, attracting up to 2000 competitors from FFA Member Federations, and several nations within the Oceania region.

Nominate for player selection trials. Players must over 16 years of age and have an intellectual disability.

Sunday 17th August 1pm – 2pm
Sunday 24th August 1pm – 2pm
The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre, 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park SA

Players must fill in the nomination form by 8th August, 2014 and return to Sasrapid:

Postal: PO Box 63, Torrensville SA 5031


Fax: 08 8354 1303

Nomination Form


AWD Futsal League – Expressions of Interest

The City of Salisbury are seeking expressions of interest for playing in a Futsal League for Athlete’s with a Disability (AWD).

Please download the expression of interest application form here…

Futsal – Expression of Interest Application Form



Sunday afternoon/evening
Able to commence immediately


The Gardens Recreation Centre


Games commence after 4pm weekly


FFA MyFootballClub Player Registration – $45/season
Team Game Fee – $52/weekly


40 minute games, 20 minute halves
Round robin format with finals
FFSA Referees


Open to all athletes with a disability
Age Group – Senior

Other Info:

5 players per team, with unlimited interchange
A team co-ordinator/coach/manager/parent is responsible for organising the weekly payment
Shin pads and enclosed non-marking shoes (Sneakers, futsal boots etc…) being mandatory
Futsal Laws –

Futsal – Expression of Interest Application Form
For more information please contact
Alex Sunasky, Futsal Project Officer
T: 08 8406 8476

2014 Futsal State Team announced!

2014 FFSA State Futsal Team (athletes with intellectual disability) has been announced.

Team: Paul Leikas, Rhys Baker, Toby Sutherland, Brian Clarke, Nadia Procter, Michael Harris, Matthew Sandland and Bradley Bettens

Coach: Angus Wheaton

Manager: Paul Eichner

This is the first time in a number of years that South Australia will be represented at the National Futsal Championships. The championships will be held in Canberra, 13th to 17th January, 2014.

Congratulations and all the very best for the championships.

Stay tuned for the results!

2014 FFA National Futsal Championships

2014 FFA National Futsal Championships

January 13th – 17th, Canberra ACT

For Footballers with an Intellectual Disability


Tuesday 29th October 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Tuesday 5th November 5:30-6:30pm

Underdale High School, Garden Terrace, Underdale

Players MUST complete and send in application form below to Sasrapid by Monday 28th October

Player Selection Trials Application Form