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Sydney: The three-day assessment visit of the AFC Futsal & Beach Soccer Development Team is an important step in boosting futsal in Australia, AFC Vice President and Football Federation Australia (FFA) Board Member Moya Dodd has remarked.

"Most importantly is the direction of FFA towards the development of futsal in this country and we are willing to work closely with AFC Futsal & Beach Soccer Development Team," said FIFA Executive Committee member Dodd.

"The standard of football had increased ever since FFA had joined AFC in 2006. It's time for futsal in Australia to reach to a higher standard in Asia.

"Futsal is becoming more popular in Australia so this will help improve the game. I believe there's plenty of room for improvement in the development of Futsal."

Having won all four editions of the OFC Futsal Championship prior to Australia joining the AFC, the Futsalroos have found Asia a much tougher arena, with their best result in their six participations in the AFC Futsal Championship coming in 2012, when they reached the semi-finals to also qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand that same year.

And Ali Targholizade, Director of AFC Futsal & Beach Soccer Development, shares Dodd's assessment that with the right development structures in place, Australia could become one of Asia's top futsal sides.

"Australia is one of the strong teams in the ASEAN region and one of the pioneer countries in Asia having consistently qualified for AFC Futsal Championship since 2006," said Targholizade, who also reiterated the importance of futsal in creating talented and skilful players for football.

"We will do our utmost to assist the FFA in all areas to make the fast-paced game more successful in Australia."