Gungahlin United and Boomerangs FS star Nick Rathjen has been selected by Futsalroos Head Coach Miles Downie in his 14-player squad for Australia’s tilt at the forthcoming AFF Futsal Championship 2022 in Thailand.
The squad, which features Australia’s brightest emerging Futsal players, departed Australia bound for Bangkok on Sunday where they will spend a week preparing for their first game of the tournament on April 4.
Capital Football will run a full feature with Nick on his selection for the squad soon.
This week, the Fulsalroos are scheduled to take on local Thai futsal clubs, Thonburi University and Thammasat as they prepare to compete at the AFF Futsal Championship.
Australia will play Vietnam, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste in Group B of the competition, and will need to finish either first or second in their section to advance to the Semi Finals, which would then provide the team with the opportunity to qualify for the AFC Futsal Asian Cup to be held later this year.
Downie – who will be assisted by Football Queensland Futsal Head Coach Bruno Cannavan – said participation in the AFF Championship will provide his chargers with invaluable exposure following Australia’s extended absence from international Futsal.
“This year’s AFF Futsal Championship is the first time the Futsalroos have competed in an international competition since 2019 and marks what we hope will be the beginning of a prosperous time for Australian Futsal,” Downie said.
“With an eye on the future, we have deliberately selected a squad full of exciting prospects who we believe will challenge the highly skilled South East Asian nations during the upcoming Championship and form part of the national team for years to come. Due to the pandemic, we enter this tournament with minimal game time under our belts, however I expect this squad to surprise our more experienced and fancied opponents as we look to qualify for this year’s AFC Futsal Asian Cup.”
The AFF Futsal Championship 2022 will be played at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok between April 2 and 12. Full tournament fixture HERE.
2022 will mark Australia’s sixth participation at an AFF Futsal Championship. The Futsalroos finished as Runners Up in 2007, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
The top three nations at the AFF Futsal Championship 2022 will secure qualification for the AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2022, which will be held in Kuwait in September and October this year.
Futsalroos Fixture | AFF Futsal Championship 2022
April 4, vs Timor Leste, 4.00pm AEST / 1.00pm Local
April 5, vs Myanmar, 2.00pm AEDT / 11.00am Local
April 6, vs Vietnam, 2.00pm AEDT / 11.00am Local
April 8, Semi Finals
April 10, Finals
Futsalroos Squad | AFF Futsal Championship 2022 | Bangkok, Thailand (alphabetical order)
|Shervin Keshavarz ADELI||Football NSW / Enfield Allstars|
|Jonathan BARZAL||Football NSW / Inner West Magic|
|Jacob BASDEN||Football NSW / Dural Warriors|
|Mark BRACKENRIG||Football NSW / Mountain Magic|
|Robbie EZEKIEL||Football NSW / Eastern Suburbs Hakoah|
|Daniel FORNITO||Football NSW / Inner West Magic|
|Wade GIOVENALI||Football NSW / Dural Warriors|
|Jordan GUERREIRO||Football NSW / Mountain Magic|
|Anthony HADDAD||Football NSW / Inner West Magic|
|Dylan NISKI||Football NSW / Inner West Magic|
|Nicholas RATHJEN||Capital Football / Boomerangs FS|
|Scott ROGAN||Football Victoria / Fitzroy Futsal Club|
|Admed SWEEDEN||Football NSW / Dural Warriors|
|Emmanuel TZANAKES||Football NSW / Eastern Suburbs Hakoah|