Vic Park’s key role in Perth hosting Minifootball World Cup

Australian Minifootball Federation president Miguel Maron (left) and vice president Bryan Raeburn (right) get acquainted with the A5 football field at Victoria Park Carlisle Bowling Club, watched by federal politician Steve Irons. Picture: David Baylis
Australian Minifootball Federation president Miguel Maron (left) and vice president Bryan Raeburn (right) get acquainted with the A5 football field at Victoria Park Carlisle Bowling Club, watched by federal politician Steve Irons. Picture: David Baylis

INTERNATIONAL MiniFootball teams are set to train at Victoria Park Carlisle Bowling Club in the lead up to and during the 2019 MiniFootball World Cup, which Perth has won the right to host.

The top 32 countries in the world at the half-field version of soccer will decent on WA for the October showpiece, which will be played at Langley Park.

Australian MiniFootball Federation will construct a 5000-seat stadium at Langley Park and might also add an additional training facility at Burswood parklands.

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Vice president Bryan Raeburn said the A5 football fields at Victoria Park Carlisle Bowling Club would serve as one of the key training facilities for the 32 participating teams.

“There will be shuttle buses bringing players here for their training sessions,” he said.

“They’ll also be dropped off in town to have a look and taste around.”

Mini Football consists of six players a side on a 50m x 30m pitch, half the size of a regular soccer field.

The recent Federal Budget included an allocation of $300,000 for the World Cup event, including hiring fees, lighting and seating.

Mr Raeburn said the event was estimated to bring in $8 million to the State.

“We feel 800 million people will view the event or more than that, the last event had over 800 million views,” he said.

AMF President Miguel Maron said took notes after Australia finished fifth at the 2017 world cup, which was played in Tunisia.

“Czech Republic is the current World Champion, the European Champion and the Continental Champion,” he said.

“They are the team to beat.”

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