GB call-up for Daryus for World Cup of Futsal - football's 'little brother'

October 03 2019
GB call-up for Daryus for World Cup of Futsal - football's 'little brother'

A YATE youngster is set to represent his country in a the sport sometimes known as football's little brother.

Daryus Andrews, who goes to Yate Academy, plays for the Great Britain Futsal team, which has qualified for the World Cup in Barcelona during October.

The 12 year old used to play regular football for Frampton, but gave it up to play futsal instead. He’s had plenty of encouragement from his Dad, Liam Andrews, who is the president of the Great Britain Futsal team.

Daryus said: “I am buzzing to be part of the team and I really think we could win the world cup. It's crazy how good some of our players are and I cannot wait to play with them."

Futsal is played indoors on a hard court which is smaller than a football pitch. It has two teams of five players, one of whom is goalkeeper. Currently Bristol Futsal is the nearest club with training sessions in three city locations.

It was set up after Liam experimented with beach football and futsal at his development centre as part of an attempt to develop better football players, following the approach used in South America. Daryus took part and fell in love with Futsal, and from the project emerged the Bristol Futsal club.

Liam says it is not easy to access local training at present.

He said: “It’s a new, up-and-coming sport, so opportunities are hard to come by, but if anyone is ever wanting to set up a session I can run training courses so that people can get qualified.

“It’s down to facilities – my aim, as someone who lives in Yate, would be to have a facility in Yate – I want young people to be able get off the streets and play sport for free.”

Liam is also looking into offering local sessions to a much younger age group, from 2 to 8 years old, in Yate, Lyde Green and Winterbourne.

To win his World Cup place Daryus took part in trials and then went to a tournament in Italy in January with his team, who qualified by coming third. The team fly out at the end of October. They’ll be playing Columbia first, Switzerland second, and Paraguay third.

Daryus has a fundraising page to help pay for his trip, which can be found on gofundme.com.