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Last Updated: Monday, 18 February 2008, 15:50 GMT
Brazilian soccer heads for Devon
Futsal
Practising Futsal skills in preparation for the new league
Devon's Football Association are trying to get people in the county to play in a new Futsal league.

The sport, which was developed in Brazil, is a version of five-a-side football, which is recognised by Fifa.

It uses a heavier ball which promotes greater skill and control and is credited with developing the skills of players like of Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

There are still places left in the Devon League, which is being played at the Mayflower centre in Plymouth.

"All our European colleagues are certainly far better technique-wise than we are. They all seem to be brought up on this type of football," Devon football development officer Dave Keast told BBC Spotlight.

Futsal
Futsal is incredibly popular in Europe and South America.

The game is very quick as players have just four seconds to take a free-kick after it is awarded and there is a 10-metre penalty for every sixth foul a team commits.

There are also sidelines and bye-lines so players cannot use the walls as they can in regular five-a-side.

"Short-term the aim is for this league to be successful and for us to have a team through to the national championships in Sheffield in July," said Lee Rider from the Devon FA.

"The winner of that will then go and compete in the Uefa Club Championship," he added.

If you would like to take part you can contact the Devon FA by going onto their website or calling 01626 325913.



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