Third Japanese Deaf Futsal Championship held in Ebetsu City

The Japanese Soccer Society of the Deaf hosted the 3rd Japanese Deaf Futsal Championship in Ebetsu City, Hokkaido in the north of Japan for two days from October 25, 2008.

About 100 players and the staff gathered from nationwide. Ten teams for boys and 2 teams for girls participated and the exciting game was unfolded.

As the girl teams were only two, the victory was decided by the third match. The G6 team from Hokkaido won the first place, beating the North and Love team, a mixed team from Hokkaido and Aichi Prefectures.

For the boys the ZERO team from Tokyo was the winner. The team accomplished two successive victories following last year. The Tama Spirit Com from Tokyo was placed the 2nd.

It was especially noted that the "Tohoku Army Corps Deaf FC," composed of deaf players from Miyagi, Iwate, and Yamagata Prefectures, participated from the Tohoku Region for the first time, and was placed the 3rd. (See the photo in the link)

Takuya Sato (25), MF and team leader, who had played soccer for the Tohoku High School located in Miyagi Prefecture, said that he was satisfied with the result though the other teams were younger than his and it was tough to play with them.

The team was formed by 15 deaf players from three prefectures in the Tohoku region this spring. They practiced about once a month and were anxious if they could cooperate one another during the game. They rode the wave by winning the close games. Sato said in retrospect that everyone's eyes blazed up every time they played.

One thing that worries him is that the team does not have enough players. Sato said he would ask young players who live in the Tohoku region for the joining. "Next year we will aim at the top."

Source: Kahoku Shinpo, Nov. 21, 2008
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