Yesterday, The Football Association announced they would be holding open tryouts for England’s women’s deaf futsal team. They are scheduled to take place on April 11 at St. George’s Park between 11:00 AM local time and 2:00 PM. The team is looking to add new players to the squad ahead of the 2015 Deaf Futsal World Cup scheduled for November in Bangkok, Thailand.
At last year’s European Deaf Futsal Championships, England came away with a bronze medal after beating Spain 6 – 1 in the medal match. England’s Danielle Evans finished the tournament as the leading scorer with 14 total goals. Four of Evans’s goals came in the bronze medal match against Spain.
By finishing in the top nine at the European Championships, England booked its place to Thailand. The World Cup had the largest number of expressions of interest for competing in the event’s history. Only sixteen women’s teams were eligible to compete, and twenty-one expressed interest in participating. This included Australia, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Brazil and Venezuela. All the teams from the Asia/Pacific region and Americas region qualified through automatically. Europe had a qualifying tournament.