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The Fuss About Futsal…

Exciting new sport for local fans

Phumelela have announced that the Premier Futsal League (PFL) officially launches on Friday and will add a new dimension to betting on soccer with TAB and Betting World.

Close on 60 previously unemployed individuals have now gained work and will spend Monday to Friday living their dream and hopefully even creating individual opportunities to graduate to the major leagues.

The concept enables TAB and Betting World soccer customers to take a bet in the morning, watch all the games live in store and collect their winnings in the afternoon. The core soccer product shown on SPORTSLIVE for the next few weeks will be Premier Futsal League (PFL) matches played at the Rustic Indoor Soccer Fields in Fourways.

The PFL is a brand-new league comprising eight teams and is an associate member of the Soweto Indoor Futsal Association (SIFA).

Futsal is soccer on steroids. It’s a high-speed, high-action game played across two halves, each comprising 20 minutes, and the skill and fitness levels of the eight PFL teams are dazzling.

There will be eight consecutive PFL matches daily Monday to Friday with the first game kicking off at 9:30 and the last at 14:45.

TAB will operate one Soccer 6 pool and two Soccer 4 pools on PFL matches every day. Soccer 4 Pool 1 is always on the first four matches (M1-M4) and Soccer 4 Pool 2 on matches five to eight (M5-M8). The Soccer 6 pool is on matches three to eight (M3-M8). On Friday TAB will add R10 000 to each of the three pools.

Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football.[

Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by line and played with a smaller, harder, low-bounce ball.

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