Deaf Sports News: England deaf futsal team won’t be going to European Championships after going out at qualifying stage

Posted on February 25, 2014

England’s Deaf Futsal team won’t be traveling to the European Championships in Bulgaria. They narrowly missed out on qualification after losing 7-5 to France in their final qualifier after beating Norway and losing against Russia.

Despite the fact that England won’t be at the European Championships, England head coach, Paul Harrison, was upbeat. Harrison said to the FA’s official website: “Overall, as an experience, it was something that money can’t buy.

“The experience of playing the best team in the Europe was fantastic and we will learn from our mistakes and build on our performances.

“We are a young team who had limited time to get ready for a difficult challenge.

“And it was a tough group with the best team in Europe in it, an unknown in France and a team from a nation with a strong futsal history in Norway. It was always going to be a challenge.”

The England team has only recently been established so can be pleased with their progress. Futsal is taking off as a popular deaf sport with teams springing up around the country and the second annual deaf tournament taking place in Leeds this weekend.

England Deaf team’s next fixture is a friendly away against Wales on 22-23 March. Read more at the FA official site

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