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Westcoast Windows Sweden sponsors Skoftebyn Futsal team
Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It’s played between two teams of five players each, one of which is the goal keeper – like a version of five-a-side football.
The game started in South America in the 1930s, and today is particularly popular throughout Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and in European countries such as Spain and Portugal. This is often because there are only a small number of full size football pitches in these countries, so the junior teams grow up training on the smaller futsal pitches. Many Brazilian football stars such as Ronaldino and Robinho have grown up playing futsal.
The origins of futsal in Sweden date back to 2003 (when it was first seen being played in other Scandinavian countries), and shortly after this in 2005 the first international game was played when Sweden were invited to a FIFA sanctioned tournament in Iran. Following this success, the Swedish Futsal League (SFL) was formed in 2014, organised by the Swedish Football Association, and currently consists of 16 teams, eight in the Northern Division and eight in the South Division.
The league is still quite new, however it’s rapidly growing in popularity with an increase in the number of players and teams. A few weeks ago the Swedish Football League (SEF) and the Swedish Futsal League (SFL) decided to work together to develop the SFL. A historical decision for Swedish futsal as the futsal clubs from now on are a part of the Swedish Football League, although as their own branch. So the new league will be played from autumn 2018 to spring 2019 and will involve 14 teams facing each other once at home and once away. The winner after all 26 rounds will be the Swedish champions.
Westcoast Windows in Sweden have sponsored the Skoftebyn Futsal team since it began and is now in its fourth season. (Skoftebyn is a district in southern Trollhättan, where Westcoast Windows manufacturing facility is based.) Skoftebyns are currently fourth in the standings in the South Division.