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Leinster sides hungry to have the final word

THIS year's FAI Schools Post-Primary Futsal Cup kicks-off at national host venue Franciscan College, Gormanstown next week with the Meath finals.

The Royal County's first year showpiece will be the first of an exciting triple header of action at the venue that concludes with the All-Ireland Finals on December 5.

The Meath finale will take place next Thursday, with the winning schools going on to compete in the Leinster decider at the same venue on November 28.

The Dublin finals take place in two weeks' time on November 20 at Mountview Community Centre in Blanchardstown.

The ultimate aim for each of the players taking part in each day's action is to reach next month's national conclusion.

Leinster schools in particular will be aiming to make up for a barren campaign last year when Kilkenny's Grennan College faired best with a third-placed finish in the girls section.

Boys champions in 2009, St Peter's College, were unable to avoid a fourth-place finish in the boys section after two early defeats.

Futsal is said to be the world's most played small-sided sport with 25 million participants.

The game is praised for the number of star footballers it has nurtured over the years.

Therefore, it's not surprising to hear that Brazil is estimated to have more futsal players than football players. The two disciplines complement each another brilliantly.

It is the official indoor version of the beautiful game and a fantastic way for young players to develop and improve their football abilities in a highly-paced environment.

The nature of the game creates an emphasis on improvisation, creativity, technique as well as ball control and passing in confined spaces.