Chennai: Premier Futsal president Luis
Figo has said that the ongoing Premier
Futsal league will be held twice in a
season and the second edition will be
held in January next year.
“Yes, we are looking at January for the
second season. We are here to promote
Futsal for Futsal, not for any other
motive. It is a private investment, so our
focus will be to create this property,”
Portugal football legend Figo said at a
media interaction at the sidelines of the
ongoing inaugural season at Chennai.
He said the number of teams could be
increased from the current six in the next
“Going forward there can be 8, 10 & 12.
We hope we can improve the quality of the
game. Whatever happens along the way,
it will. There always are problem, which
are always going to pull you down. But
we must focus on or end objective and do
our best for Futsal,” said the former
World Player of the Year and 2000 Ballon
d’Or winner.
Asked about his vision of Premier Futsal,
he said, “This is the first Indian platform
for Futsal where Indian talent can play
with international stars. India has great
passion for sports, with full stadiums, I
think there is great future for Premier
Asked what is lacking in Indian Futsal
players, Figo said, “Most important is the
passion & the will to work hard & chase
your dream. Indian players can work hard
& I’m hoping through my academies I can
help them achieve that dream.”
He said he would have played in the
tournament but for a possible ‘conflict of
“I could have played, but there is conflict
of interest else I would have played.”
Asked if it was difficult to convince the
likes of Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs and
Falcao to come to India for Premier
Futsal, he said, “The most difficult thing is
to manage their schedules. To come here,
they have to plan & keep family time in
mind as well. But it did not take too much
convincing. They were positive as soon
as they were told about Premier Futsal.”
“Futsal Leagues are played differently in
different parts of the world – when there is
private investment there is a lot more
scope of experimenting & making the
sport more interesting. Our job is to
popularise the sport.”
Asked how Cristiano Ronaldo has evolved
from his younger days to his current
status as a superstar now, Figo said, “He
is the evolution of skills, maturity &
experience. He is what football is all
about. He is serious about his game &
that’s what makes him what he is today
from what he was when he first came on
the scene.
“He has the passion to be the best &
that’s what makes him different.”