The rise of Futsal in Auckland continues with the 2017 edition of the AFF Futsal W-League well underway.
Six teams have entered, comprising of three AFF Futsal training squads, cluster club sides and a University side, all of whom feature some well-established female Futsal players in the Auckland region.
Jenna Dodd, one of the up and coming talents in the region, is part of the AFF U19 White team and admits having only started playing this year she has already fallen in love with the game.
“This is my first year playing futsal and it’s amazing,” Dodd Said.
“I love it, and personally I think I am growing with my foot work and fitness.”
Dodd was a member of AFF Futsal’s National Women’s League side earlier this year, and her focus is now solely set on making Nic Downes’ U19 squad for the National Youth Futsal Championships.
Playing in the W-League ahead of squad selection allows Dodd to show what she can do on a weekly basis and test herself against some of the best the region has to offer.
“Playing in this league is really helping me grow as a Futsal player.
“The league is really impressive in terms of quality, especially for such a young team that I am in, playing against the older females who have more experience is always a challenge.”
The AFF W-League is a very competitive competition; however, the Federation also offers opportunities for those that wish to play socially.
“Auckland Football would really like to encourage all levels of players to get involved in Futsal,” AFF Futsal Development Officer Marvin Eakins said.
“We want to cater for those that want to play socially and for fitness as well as those wishing to play at the highest levels.
“It is an ideal fit for those who can’t commit to a full season as the leagues only run for six to eight weeks at a time.”
The AFF Futsal W-League wraps up on June 23 with a second 2017 edition looking to be held later in the year.
For more information on Futsal in the Auckland region please contact Marvin Eakins on 021 933 953 or email him here.