Monaco readies itself for international futsal tournament

Monaco will host an international futsal tournament at the Espace Saint-Antoine this weekend, which will include two Monégasuqe teams as well as a trophy presentation by Prince Albert II.

Teams from Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and of course Monaco will gather in the Principality for the first ever international futsal tournament to take place in the Principality. Winner of the Monaco futsal cup, Omnium Sport Monaco and AS Futsal Méditeranée will wear the colours of the Principality in the tournament.

Futsal is a five-a-side format of football that is played on a handball court. Although very closely related to football, the hard court and different dimensions and format makes for a very technical style of play in closed spaces. It is also a sport that has been growing in popularity for several years.

Proceedings will get under way on Saturday with the group stage phases, before the knockout phases, which will take place on Sunday. The final will take place at 16:30, and the winner will receive the trophy from Prince Albert II.

In Saturday’s group stage, Omnium Sport Monaco have been drawn against French side FC Fellow and Belgian side Rapid Subs Beernem. AS Futsal Méditerranée meanwhile have been drawn against Swiss side Team Ticino Lugano and the Italian team Ticinia Novara. The matches will last 40 minutes.