Women in Futsal: Celebrating the creation of FIPA, the first female Futsal International Players Association

Wednesday 24 January 2018

FIPA was established on the 15th of December, the main objective being to act as relevant partners and to work on the development of women’s futsal. The association is made up of international players such as Jozi Oliveira from Brazil, Shiori Nakajima from Japan, Lorena Rubio from Spain. The project also includes the President of the Spanish Women’s Futsal Association & Vice president of the European Elite Athletes Association Natalia Orive, the lawyer expert in sports laws, María José López González, as well as the President of the Spanish Men’s Futsal Association, Antonio García-Plata. This association wants to reach the maximum number of female players worldwide and to promote women’s futsal at all levels. To further this aim, different nationalities are represented on the Board of Directors.

Currently, futsal suffers from discrimination as there are no official competitions nor development programs for the inclusion and development of female football players in the field of futsal. Futsal modality is under FIFA’s protection, men’s futsal have their right to tournaments and official competitions, but women’s futsal does not. A European Championship is planned for 2019, for the first time in the history created by UEFA, however at international level the approach and the strategy for futsal is unknown. There is no response from FIFA despite the serious consequences on women in futsal such as the lack of economic investment, visibility and promotion, and professionalisation.

Not being recognised is giving rise to nonexistent leagues, non-regulation of the competition schedule of existing leagues, causing tournaments in different continents to coincide, such as the Asia Cup, American Cup and 4 Nations Tournament. In these cases, players must choose between leaving their leagues to play with their national team or not play with their national team and therefore the regular league in which they are. And so, they are not considered as elite athletes by not competing officially, leading to precarious sport conditions and jobs.

FIPA is the only existing futsal organisation which is international. It was formed to facilitate the interlocution of federations of all continents and create delegations in every country. The key role of this association belongs to the players: they decide which issues and needs are relevant in women’s futsal. Our main goal is that players are treated with respect and equality as professional athletes and that official female futsal competitions are recognised.

For further information please contact:

Email: fipafutsal@gmail.com

Twitter: @FipaFutsal

Natalia Orive, president FIPA, +0034 647088925