Scotland secure their first win of the tournament against Pakistan

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Scotland secure their first win of the tournament against Pakistan

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Scotland sought to build on their solid start against the USA with a repeat performance in their second match. Pakistan took to the court determined on remaining compact and organised but in the end the host side’s pace and power prevailed as they ran out 32-2 winners.

Scotland opened the scoring in the third minute. A good turn from Daniel Gilbride meant that he could find Sam Pirrie who finished with aplomb.

Despite their early resistance Pakistan succumbed to a second in the seventh minute. Cameron Robertson found the bottom left corner with an exquisite side footed effort from distance.

A second goal was enough to open the floodgates as Scotland grew in confidence and began to turn the screw, scoring six goals in three minutes to take the score line to 8-0. Ross McLaren, a persistent attacking threat, netted two of those, poking home from a well-worked free kick before being teed up by Andrew Santos to fire home Scotland’s fourth of the match.

It was then Blair McCord’s turn to net a brace with McLaren turning provider for his first. The number 12’s second came as a result of an almost telepathic interchange from Sam Noble and Liam Kelly to release him into space. McCord made no mistake with the finish.

Pakistan tried to respond during the flurry of goals as Hashim Khan blazed over following a clever back heel from the impressive Muhammad Haseeb Iqbel. The seventh arrived via Alex Chingwalu calmly rolling the ball into the net.

Pirrie then scored in somewhat fortuitous circumstances when the goalkeeper’s clearance deflected off of his face and ended up in the back of the net. The captain could not believe his luck. Once Scotland netted their ninth through the energetic Robertson, the tie took somewhat of a breather for a few minutes.

The respite did not last, however, as Pakistan were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute following a handball. Pakistan’s goalkeeper Moneeb Ur Rehan Khan volunteered to take the kick and opened his team’s account at the second attempt.

Scotland responded immediately with a double from Liam Kelly. The first was a rocket from the left which cannoned off the post and in. Kelly showed his pace and skill for the second to beat two defenders before firing home and taking the score to 11-1.

With a minute left until the break, the encounter was still due three goals. The first was arguably one of the best of the entire forty minutes. Muhammad Ahmed Raza Khan’s speculative rabona from range flew into the bottom left corner.

Scotland finished the half 13-2 leaders with late goals from McLaren, a prodded effort from close range, and a second for Chingwalu who had finished with composure after latching on to an accurate through ball.

Half-Time: Pakistan 2-13 Scotland

The first five minutes of the second half saw Scotland net seven times. Andrew Santos combined well with Dell Newlands before slotting home. McCord rifled home shortly after, latching on to a Santos pass.

It was then back to Santos to hammer into the top left corner. McCord weaved in and out of the Pakistan defence before drilling home the fourth of the half. Kelly netted to make it 18 with a placed effort before Robertson grabbed another by putting it through the goalkeeper’s legs. Kilbride brought the score to 20-2 at the second attempt after his initial effort rebounded off the post.

Scotland would have to wait until the 31st minute for their 21st of the night. Sam Noble showed complete mastery off the ball to turn and execute a slide rule pass in the direction of Callum Downie, who finished emphatically.

In the 33rd minute Newlands created space on the left and toe-poked home to make it 22. He was followed shortly by Downie who broke through and lashed home. It was then the turn of Santos to gallop clear before squaring for Newlands to score. The 25th of the evening came from Newlands, who showed trickery to beat the defender and goalkeeper before finishing into an empty net.

Scotland showed no signs of relenting and managed seven goals in the last four minutes. Santos maneuvered well into space and curled an effort into the top right corner. Robertson was then teed up to score at the second penalty line following a pass back infringement. The 39th minute saw Robertson move the ball with pace to Kelly, who switched it to Pirrie at the back post. A simple tap-in made it twenty-eight.

Kelly raced clear on the counter-attack twice in a sixty second period. Scoring from the first break, the player then used the second to play in Robertson for number thirty. Robertson then showed neat footwork to create an opening and slam the ball into the net.

The final goal of the evening came from Kelly, managing to get on the end of Robertson’s cutback from the byline to stroke the ball home from close range.

Full-Time: Pakistan 2-32 Scotland

Pakistan: Chaudhry Muhammad Hussan, Ibrar Khan, Moiz Akhtar Ganhera, Syed Muhammad Hussain Raza, Moneeb Ur Rehan Khan, Muhammad Haseeb Iqbel, Muhammad Ahmed Raza Khan, Kumail Fattahy Pour, Hashim Khan

Star Player: Haseeb Iqbel

Scotland: Lewis Forbes, Daniel Gilbride, Callum Downie, Cammy Robertson, Sam Pirrie, Sam Noble, Liam Kelly, Alex Chingwalu, Ross McLaren, Dell Newlands, Cameron Robertson, Blair McCord, Andrew Santos, Ciaran Pugh

Star Player: Downie

Magnificent seven for Australia as they seal their second victory of the World Cup against the USA


socialMagnificent seven for Australia as they seal their second victory of the World Cup against the USA

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Australia and the USA, two nations with great sporting traditions kicked off the second round of matches at the IFA Under 17 Futsal World Cup held in Dundee. Both sides came into the contest in good form with the USA playing out an entertaining 5-5 draw with hosts Scotland and Australia victorious against Pakistan.

Buoyed by their win the previous evening Australia started brightly with quick movement ensuring a high level of possession. Despite the early pressure it was the USA who created the first real opportunity, Adrian Medina bringing out a good save from Australian keeper Seb Stankovic.

Australia responded well to almost going behind for the first time in the tournament. Quick link up play, between Patrick Langlois and Jose Atayde, led to Jared Linger directing a shot into the side netting.

Medina continued to be instrumental in the USA’s attacking play, launching a powerful drive, which sailed inches wide of the post. He was also heavily involved in the build up to Smith-Gleaves shooting wide.

Having defended solidly Australia advanced up the court and would have taken the lead if it had not been for Armendariz’s goal line clearance from Atayde’s effort.

On 12 minutes Australia were in front, Langolis slotting past the keeper to finish off a good move started by Liam Dawson.

Having proved crucial, in the opener, Dawson was also involved in Australia’s second on 13 minutes as his looping shot deflected into the net via Atayde.

The USA responded well to going behind and almost halved the deficit with Stankovic saving from Luca Scotzniovski and Jonathan Franco.

Stankovic’s stops would prove crucial as Australia scored their third moments later on 16 minutes, Mitch Dobson sending a well-placed free kick into the top corner.

With half time approaching the USA tried to find a way back into the contest and faced a combination of impressive goalkeeping, by Stankovic, and an organized defence.

Just before the break their pressure was rewarded and Scotzniovski converted a penalty into the top corner on 19 minutes.

Half time: USA 1-3 Australia

The second half began in a similar manner to the first, with Australia enjoying a high level of possession, and it was not long before a three-goal cushion was restored. Dobson showed a good turn of pace to beat the defender and set up Robertson to knock past the keeper on 22 minutes.

With the game opening up it was inevitable more goals would come and the USA got their second two minutes later through Franco.

As the USA continued to press Harley was called into action to divert efforts from Pablo Altamontes and Medina.

On 29 minutes Australia would move further ahead through Dobson’s free kick and, in turn, highlighted the importance of Stankovic’s earlier saves. Two minutes later Australia would get their sixth of the evening, Kevin Robertson knocking the ball past the keeper.

Having already scored two set piece’s Dobson converted a penalty on 38 minutes to complete the scoring and earn a hat-trick.

Overall both sides showed ability throughout and it was a contest worthy of the occasion. The USA can take heart from a display, which showed great promise, and Australia have now scored an impressive 38 goals in two matches.

Full Time: USA 2-7 Australia

USA: Alejandro Gonzalez, Diangelo Smith-Gleaves, Pablo Altamontes, Luca Scotzniovski, Adrian Medina, Carlos Armendariz, Jonathan Franco, Ricardo Duarte

Star Player: Smith-Gleaves

Australia: Harley Brown, Jared Linger, Jose Atayde, Mitch Dobson, Kevin Robertson, Matt Schmidt, Lachlan Buxton, Patrick Langlois, Manoli Papaspiropolos, Kane Pollard, Musa Kamara, Liam Dawson, Seth Telfer, Seb Stankovic

Star Player: Dobson

IFA Under 17 World Cup round up: day one


IFA Under 17 World Cup round up: day one

The much-anticipated IFA Under 17 World Cup finally got underway in Dundee last night. The opening two fixtures, Australia v Pakistan and Scotland v USA, provided the crowd with excitement, sublime play and plenty of goals.

With the reverberations of the bagpipes still ringing in the players’ ears Australia and Pakistan kicked off in the tournament’s opening match up.


The Aussies played some simply sublime futsal as they found themselves 13-0 up by the half time break. Two back-heeled finishes by Liam Dawson were a particular highlight.

After the break the exquisite play continued as the Australians added a further 18 goals to finish the match with a final score of 31-0. It’s fair to say that it was a mightily impressive winning start.


The second fixture of the evening saw host nation Scotland take on the United States of America in what proved to be a hotly contested tie.

The USA took an eighth minute lead before Scotland drew level later on in the first half. However, the Americans upped their game and, had it not been for some stunning saves from Scotland ‘keeper Lewis Forbes, they could have had a greater lead than the 3-1 advantage they enjoyed at half time.

In the second half Scotland soon reduced the deficit but the USA responded perfectly to make it 4-2. It remained that way up until the final few minutes when the game really exploded.

Scotland captain Sam Pirrie made it 4-3 shortly before Liam Kelly scored the leveler five minutes from time. Then, with just a minute to go, Callum Downie scored to give Scotland a 5-4 lead.

The USA, however, soon silenced the home crowd as they equalized, through Pablo Altamontes, in the final few moments to make it 5-5. It was a cracking end to a sublime game between two ruthlessly determined teams.

Two games and 41 goals on the opening day of the Under 17 World Cup: that’s futsal for you.

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Scotland roared on to almost complete perfect comeback


Scotland roared on to almost complete perfect comeback

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After an unassailable win for Australia over Pakistan, it was over to Scotland and the USA in the IFA Under 17s Futsal World Cup. The spectators were treated to some good free flowing futsal from Australia and the spectators were away to see a tight, competitive game in the 7:45pm showing at the International Sports Complex, Dundee.

USA showed their attacking intent early in the game with chances through Diangelo Smith-Gleaves and Carlos Armendariz with both players being unsuccessful in their efforts in the opening exchanges however it set up the game very well and the spectators were in for a right treat.

Scotland had their first opportunity in the fourth minute with Liam Kelly playing a great ball into Alex Chingwalu however the forward’s effort went wide of Alejandro Gonzalez’s goal.

USA opened the scoring in the eighth minute with Jonathan Franco scoring after the ball came into his path. Franco then slotted the ball with ease past Lewis Forbes in the Scotland goal who had a good game up to that point.

Scotland were very keen to get back into the game immediately and Liam Kelly had a chance after a ball from captain Sam Pirie, however, it was wide. Both teams were definitely going for it even in the early stages of this keenly contested game.

Diangelo Smith-Gleaves was a constant threat for the Scotland rearguard and a powerful effort crashed off the woodwork, which eventually went out for a Scotland throw. You could tell this was going to be a thriller.

Scotland then pulled level after a Sam Pirie ball was only cleared slightly by the USA and there was Liam Kelly on the spot to rifle the ball home and draw Scotland level in this pulsating tie.

Scotland had committed five fouls and USA were then given five second penalties after respective fouls. Up stepped Carlos Armendariz but his effort was saved by Lewis Forbes. The officials then awarded a re-take in which Armendariz stepped up again before being denied by Forbes’s left foot.

USA then had a penalty on the stroke of half time and this time Dell Newlands stepped up to take the penalty and he put America back in front dispatching the ball past Forbes. A fourth spot kick was to follow for the States in which Lewis Forbes was to the rescue for Scotland.

Diangelo Smith-Gleaves then had a penalty saved by Forbes and USA went into the interval with a two goal advantage.

Half Time: Scotland 1-3 USA

Scotland knew that they had to get back into the game at the start of the second half and a great ball from Cammy Robertson found its way into Alex Chingwalu which forced a good save out of Alejandro Gonzalez in the USA goal.

Robertson was then to be in the bad books of the Tartan Army after he received a sin bin for speaking back to the referee 8 minutes into the second half.

Scotland reduced the leeway and it was a better attacking performance from the Scots with Sam Pirie finding Liam Kelly who gave the Scots something to cheer about and give the spectators some extra motivation to cheer on their country with Kelly scoring a tap-in.

USA then got themselves back in front after a great ball found Diangelo Smith-Gleaves who slotted home past Lewis Forbes in the Scotland goal. There was a lot more entertainment to follow and probably a few bitten nails towards the tailend of the game.

Sam Pirie then gave the Scots some hope once again towards the end pulling another goal back. 5 minutes left and it all started to kick off after that point. The Scotland fans then started to get more louder cheering on their respective country.

Pirrie was then the provider for Liam Kelly to level things up. The great escape for Scotland looked a distant memory a short time ago however it looked a real possibility as the game entered its final few minutes.

With a minute left, Scotland saw themselves in front for the first time in this match with Callum Downie getting in amongst the act and giving the Scots some hope going into the last minute of this pulsating encounter.

USA however broke Scotland hearts once again and made sure it was a share of the spoils with Pablo Altamontes tapping the ball in past Lewis Forbes. Both sides will be a little bit disappointed not to pick up the victory however it was a great match and this is only day one of the tournament with a lot of exciting moments set to follow during the IFA under 17s Futsal World Cup.

Full Time: Scotland 5-5 USA

Scotland: Lewis Forbes, Daniel Gilbride, Callum Downie, Cammy Robertson, Sam Pirrie, Sam Noble, Liam Kelly, Alex Chingwalu, Ross McLaren, Dell Newlands, Cameron Robertson, Blair McCord, Andrew Santos, Ciaran Pugh

Star Player: Forbes

USA: Alejandro Gonzalez, Diangelo Smith-Gleaves, Pablo Altamontes, Luca Scotzniovski, Adrian Medina, Carlos Armendariz, Jonathan Franco, Ricardo Duarte

Star Player: Smith-Gleaves

Australia make perfect start with convincing victory over Pakistan


Australia make perfect start with convincing victory over Pakistan

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They say that futsal is like football with basketball-esque pace. The opening fixture of the IFA Under 17 World Cup was a perfect showcase of just that as Australia beat Pakistan 31-0.

The Aussies made a fast start to settle themselves as they notched three goals in the first five minutes. After that their quality on the ball shone through as they went on offensive shopping spree. By half time they were 13-0 up.

The second half was no different as the Aussies continued to assert themselves by notching some sublime goals. As the final whistle went, with 31 goals to their name, they could look back on a job well done in their opening tournament fixture.

The game was barely a minute old by the time the first goal arrived. Jose Atayde was the man to open the scoring as he cut in from the left and fired a low shot past Pakistan ‘keeper Moneeb Ur Rehan Khan.

Australian skipper Patrick Langlois was soon on the scoresheet after unleashing a fearsome strike at goal straight down the middle.

After some quality saves from Rehan Khan to keep Pakistan in it the third goal was scored in the fifth minute following some beautiful build up play. Langlois initiated the move by playing in Liam Dawson who returned the favour by making an exquisite pass back to his captain. Langlois couldn’t miss from such close range.

Langlois grabbed his third after tenaciously winning the ball back in midfield, driving forward and pile driving the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

Dawson then scored one of the goals of the game after a back heeled finish made it 5-0.

Goals from Lachlan Buxton and Matt Schmidt made it 7-0 by the 10th minute before Langlois added his fourth following a superb set up from Musa Kamara.

Kamara then scored one for himself, before a Manoli Papaspiropolos double and a Jared Linger strike made it 12-0.

On the stroke of half time Dawson executed another contender for goal of the game as he performed a second successful back heeled flick finish after latching onto a cross from Atayde.

Half Time: Australia 13-0 Pakistan

Despite Pakistan’s never say die attitude Australia’s skill and application continued at the sublime level it had been at before the break.

Atayde added two more in the opening stages of the second period prior to Kevin Robertson banging in goal number 16 from close range.

Mitch Dobson then scored the 17th goal after firing in from a well-worked free kick routine. The Aussie number 4 then added goal number 18 and goal 19 for good measure.

In the 28th minute Kamara topped up his goal account after superbly cutting inside and powering his strike into the bottom right hand corner.

Papaspiropolos then scored two within a minute before Dobson’s direct free kick strike made it 23-0.

Dawson then added two more goals for himself, and his team, before Linger grabbed number 26 after resolutely winning possession back and firing home.

With the game now in its final five minutes Australia refused to take their foot of the accelerator as Atayde, Kamara and Robertson scored 27, 28 and 29 respectively.

In the final minute Pakistan were afforded a chance of a conciliation as Hashim Khan latched onto a long pass forward. Harley Brown, in goal for Australia, was on hand to make the decisive point blank save.

Robertson then scored Australia’s 30th before Buxton claimed goal number 31 to secure the cherry on top of the icing of their delicious cake.

Despite Pakistan’s very best attempts Australia’s play was too sumptuous in the opening fixture. As far as winning starts go it’s fair to say the Aussie’s have set the bar extremely high.

Full Time: Australia 31-0 Pakistan

Australia: Harley Brown, Jared Linger, Jose Atayde, Mitch Dobson, Kevin Robertson, Matt Schmidt, Lachlan Buxton, Patrick Langlois, Manoli Papaspiropolos, Kane Pollard, Musa Kamara, Liam Dawson, Seth Telfer, Seb Stankovic

Star Player: Langlois

Pakistan: Chaudhry Muhammad Hussan, Ibrar Khan, Moiz Akhtar Ganhera, Syed Muhammad Hussain Raza, Moneeb Ur Rehan Khan, Muhammad Haseeb Iqbel, Muhammad Ahmed Raza Khan, Kumail Fattahy Pour, Hashim Khan

Star Player: Rehan Khan

Tournament preview

The countdown is on until the inaugural International Futsal Alliance World Cup. The event kicks off on Tuesday (6th September) at Dundee International Sports Complex (DISC). YFS will be there for every kick off the ball, as the official media partners of the tournament.
The visitors
USA, Pakistan and Australia will be the visitors to Dundee, for the first tournament of its kind in Scotland.
The format
– Matches every evening from Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th August. The first match kicks off at 6pm and the second game at 7:45pm.
– Three days of group action, semi final Friday and cup final Saturday.
Catch the action
Tickets are now available to purchase at the venue. If you are unable to make it to Dundee, then please contact to purchase tickets. YFS will be bringing you full coverage of each match – including live streams. Click here to subscribe to the official tournament YouTube channel.

Views from the Scotland camp


SYFF Youth Futsal Festival (Bells Sports Centre, Perth)

The SYFF Youth Futsal Festival will be open to U9’s, U11’s, U13’s, U15’s & U17’s teams.

The Tournament will be held from 11-5pm on Sunday 26th June at Bells.  Cost per team will be £45 and each winning team will get a small trophy, plus all the players in all the teams will get a medal each.

Squad size is a maximum of 8 players. You can enter as many teams as you wish into each age category.

Any girls-only teams can participate in the Sunday tournament, and can play in the age group that is 1 year younger. Therefore, an U14 girls team can play in the U13 category. We will also accommodate mixed teams, but they will not be afforded the age difference.

Deadlines for entry is 8pm on Friday 10th June. Fees can be paid on the day. However, if you drop out after the 10th, you will be liable for the amount.

Any further information needed please contact Stephen Chatilia

email: or  Phone: 07849321938


SYFF Bronze Coaching Course (Bells Sports Centre)

SYFF will deliver the first of many courses on Saturday 25th June with the chance to complete the SYFF Bronze Level Futsal Coaching course.

The schedule for the day is as follows;

11-2pm – Coaching clinic  – Watching a top level Spanish Coach run a training session for the Scottish U17s World Cup squad.

2-3pm – SYFF Coaching Course (Bronze Level)

3-4:30pm – Coaching Clinic with the Spanish coach – Interactive session with coaches learning techniques and Tactics from the Spanish Coach

4:30-5pm – Q&A with the Spanish Coach & Stephen Chatila – Ask any questions re techniques, tactics, teams etc.

5pm – Finish

Cost of the coaching day is £25 per coach.

Deadlines for entry to either or both days is 8pm on Friday 10th June. Fees can be paid on the day. However, if you drop out after the 10th, you will be liable for the


U17’s Development Squad Announced


After completing the final trial stage, SYFF is pleased to announce a 23-man group that will be training together as the SYFF U17’s National Team Development Squad.

Selected Players;


Lewis Forbes

Robert Black

Adam Love

Ciaran Pugh


Sam Noble

Cameron Robertson

Andrew Santos

Callum Downie

Alexander Chingwalu

Sam Pirrie

Liam Kelly

Blair McCord

Nathan Scott

Sean Reekie

Ivan Sevilleno

Cammy Robertson

Alex Parkin

Daniel Gilbride

Ross McLaren

Martin Cassells

Dell Newlands

Sean Mohan

Fraser Matthews

The squad will be reduced to 18 players in the coming months and will be developed over the summer in preparation for the IFA U17’s World Cup to be held in Dundee in September.

A final squad of 14 players will be selected by early August to represent SYFF’s U17s Scotland team on a Worldwide stage against the likes of England, Brazil, USA and Australia.

A complete training schedule for the Development Squad will be announced this Saturday with the first two sessions being 29th May and 12th June and a squad camp on 25/26th June.

SYFF would like to thank every player who has attended the trials for their time and effort. For the players who haven’t been selected at this time, we hope you will continue to develop and enjoy Futsal as there will be plenty more opportunities to be involved.

Any further information needed please contact Stephen Chatila

email: or Phone: 07849321938


SYFF U17’s National Team Trials (Stage 2)

Stage 2 of the SYFF U17’s National Team Trials take place on Sunday 15th May 7-8pm at Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC).

Players selected at Stage 2 will become part of the SYFF U17’s National Team Development Squad that will take part in the IFA U17’s Futsal World Cup taking place in Dundee this September.

Requirements  –

  • This stage is for selected players from the First Round of Trials only.
  • Players will need to wear appropriate kit (shirt, shorts, socks) plus suitable indoor footwear and shin guards.
  • It’s advisable for players to bring their own fluids
  • Trials will consist of trial games only.
  • Selected players will progress to become part of the SYFF U17’s National Team Development Squad.

Any further information needed please contact Stephen Chatilia

email: or  Phone: 07849321938