With the inaugural International Futsal Alliance (IFA) Women’s Futsal World Cup less than a week away, it’s time to introduce you to the next participating team. And we don’t have too far to go, traveling just over the northern Spanish border into France.
A nation famous for its 1998 World Cup win on home soil and players such as Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane. The game of women’s football is equally strong in France, with Olympique Lyonnais reigning champions of Europe. However, the French are yet to make their mark on the world of futsal in the same manner. However, no French team ever goes into an international event to make up the numbers and they head into this tournament in confident mood.
Head coach Mylene Deschamps said: “A world Cup is a special event and not everyone has the opportunity to participate. Representing our country is always an amazing emotion. We are feeling very grateful to IFA for giving us this chance.
“This kind of event is not only about futsal. We will learn heaps from each game individually and collectively. Big competitions are always unforgettable adventures and we look forward to having a great time meeting and playing against people from around the world.
“The team comes from different parts of France and this tournament has given us the chance to come together and create a national team. We are a group of friends who are all very competitive and will be aiming to finish as strongly as possible in the competition.
“Good luck to everyone and have fun on the court. Or as we say in France, 'Que le meilleur gagne.'"
In addition to Mylene, who is a player-coach, the French squad is as follows: “Gaelle Bisson, Marine Roussel, Fanny Gosseye, Arnelia Koutoupot, Sylia Koui, Maude Perchey, Marie Desplanques, Marine Magnier, Margot Robinne.”
Keep your eyes on the IFA social media and website, for an introduction to the other Women’s Futsal World Cup participating teams.