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All football activity suspended until further notice

After the recent announcement that Gibraltar was to be placed in a National Lockdown, the Gibraltar FA confirmed today that all football activity is to be suspended until further notice.

Photo (C) William Gracia

The National League, Intermediate League, Women’s League and Futsal were meant to continue or commence in 2021, but after last weekend’s announcement of a National Lockdown being implemented in Gibraltar, local football has inevitably and understandably been halted.

In a statement, the Gibraltar FA say: “Following Public Health Health Guidelines and in line with the restrictions in place across Gibraltar as a result of the recently announced National Lockdown, the Gibraltar FA confirms that all football activity is currently suspended until further notice.

As such, the Gibraltar National League will not restart on the 12th January 2021 as originally scheduled, and unfortunately the Women’s League will also be unable to restart. 

The Gibraltar FA will continue working very closely with Public Heath Gibraltar, and the GSLA, to ensure that football can return as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, the Association echoes the message of the Chief Minister of Gibraltar and Public Health, to stay at home as much as possible, and adhere to all advice in order to help stop this wave of Coronavirus spreading throughout our community, and support all our authorities and front line workers working tirelessly day in day out to keep us safe.”

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South United announce five new signings

South United have announced the signings of Neal Medina, Jaydan Parody, Ian ‘Dude’ Rodriguez, Brian Perez and Julian Lopez ahead of the new Futsal season.

Like several other clubs, South United have moved swiftly to make some signings despite the league not been given a start date as of yet. Speaking to FG, head coach Dylan Glynn said “I am very pleased to be able to add players of this calibre and with good experience to the squad.”

The former Gibraltar Futsal international has temporarily hung up his boots and will now take charge of South United with Joaquin Ignacio as his assistant. Jesse Sanchez and Justin Collado make up the rest of Glynn’s coaching team.

Neal Medina joins from Lynx and will add vital experience to Glynn’s side. Also joining from Lynx is Gibraltar International Jaydan Parody, an excellent addition.

Ian and Brian both joined from Spartans and need no introduction to anything related to Gibraltar. Two signings which Dylan is pleased to have captured saying “Ian is one of the best players I have ever played with and against” and “Brian is one of the most skilful players I have ever seen.”

Assisting Alberto Caravaca and Lee Muscat will be Julian Lopez. Joining from Koala FC, the 29-year old will add the depth and competition needed in a team which Dylan would like to “challenge for the title.”

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Men’s Futsal team announced for upcoming qualifiers

Gibraltar’s National Futsal Head Coach, Jose Carlos Gil Prieto, has selected a 14-man squad for the upcoming UEFA EURO Futsal Qualifiers in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Photo © GFA

After the recent friendly double-header in Northern Ireland, which both teams shared a victory a-piece in, Gibraltar now turn their attentions to the qualifiers, where they face Switzerland, Cyprus and Bosnia & Herzegovina, who are hosting the mini tournament in Zenica.

They will be hoping to improve on recent qualifying performances, but face a tough group – the upside for them though is finishing third in their group could see them make the qualifying round playoffs, with 5 of the best 9 3rd-place teams entering the playoffs which will be held approximately in April as a two-legged home and away tie

Gibraltar Men’s Futsal Squad (image courtesy of GFA):

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Top 6 confirmed for Futsal Premier Division

Bavaria edged out Laguna 2007 on goal difference to secure a spot in the Top 6 – joining Lynx, Spartans, South United, Europa and College 1975.

Lynx FC – 1st

Lynx have picked up from where they left off last season and look on course to secure another title. Despite suffering a few minor hiccups on the way, the league champions have gone from strength to strength and could look to leave their best performances for the play-offs.

Spartans FC – 2nd

The Futsal new-boys have been a team that caught many off-guard. No one would have expected them to be in the position they currently stand and with a team full of talented players, their only downfall could be the lack of HGP’s, as only three were registered in their 10-1 win over Inter Principa last weekend.

South United FC – 3rd

South will be looking to go one better after luck wasn’t on their side in last season’s play-offs. Alan Parker brings a fluidity to this team which has been beneficial in striking up a great partnership with Alberto Caravaca and Lee Muscat. One issue that needs to be addressed quickly is the lack of numbers on matchdays, especially if this team wants to be competing at the top.

Europa FC – 4th

Europa might not be having as much enjoyment in Futsal as they are in Football but have brought a great competitive edge to the league. Led by captain Ashley Rodriguez, who has 20 goals to his name already, and the experienced Mark Moxham in goal – they’ve proven to be a difficult team to play this season.

College 1975 – 5th

College 1975 sit in different halves of the table in Futsal and Football but their all local approach has worked well. Most notably their 2-2 draw with Lynx is the only team that has taken points away from the league champions this season. Competing at the top may be a step too far but they could definitely be a possible banana skin for certain sides – keeping hold of Nicholas Castle after his heroics in Gibraltar’s recent win over Northern Ireland will be a huge boost also.

Bavaria FC – 6th

A 3-3 draw against Zoca Bastion on the final day of Round 1 edged out Laguna 2007 on goal difference. Bavaria will need to hit some form heading in the split as stats don’t look too kindly on them, with their only win vs the top 6 coming against College and losses against the top 4 sides. One position which needs highlighting is their goalkeeper which has let them down during most games.

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Bosio: “The Gibraltar girls put on two gutsy performances”

FG caught up with Jamie Bosio on a number of topics, including the Gibraltar women’s futsal team’s recent trip to Northern Ireland, his futsal club side Bavaria and how it feels to also be back in 11-a-side action after over a year injured, for Lincoln’s Intermediate side.

Photo (C) Rough & Ready

Bosio spent more than a year out injured but made his return with Lincoln’s Intermediate side in the latter stages of 2019 – how does it feel to be playing again? “It feels good and it has been a long road with many physical and mental challenges but I feel much stronger as a result of it.”

The midfielder, who has been capped multiple times by the national team, would understandably be a player of interest for a number of sides in January, but for now he is happy where he is: “At the moment I have no immediate playing plans but to continue with this young and talented Lincoln U23 side. Also, I’d like to focus on my future in Futsal, not just coaching but also playing in the next few years.”

Bavaria, who Bosio is involved with at a domestic futsal level, sit 7th in the league at the moment, just outside the top six spots – how does the 28-year-old view his sides season thus far? “At the moment I feel that at Bavaria we’ve had a solid start to the league season. We have one game left in the first round and our objective this season was to try to finish in the Top 6 after the league split.

This is still achievable with one game left. We’ve had a tough run of games but the performances have shown us that there is a lot of potential in our all local squad.”

A recent career development for Bosio, who outside of sport is also a teacher, is to move into coaching – most recently the Women’s Futsal National Team who are currently coached by Gayle Langtry – how has the transition from playing to coaching gone? “Being a teacher, the transition to coaching has been relatively easy as many of the traits I also find in my work life. It’s just the additional pressure of developing your knowledge in the sport, which I have been doing for the last 4 and a half years.”

The Women’s Futsal National Team continued their development over the weekend when they traveled to Northern Ireland for a double-header against their hosts – how does Bosio feel the team did? “The Gibraltar girls put on two gutsy performances against a much older and experienced opponent. Our team is relatively new to the sport of Futsal so to play the way we did, particularly in the second game, shows a lot of promise for the future.

We have some young and exciting players like Shani Robba, Reighann Olivero and Tiffany Viagas who at such a young age will only benefit from these kinds of experiences. The future is bright in Futsal!”

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Gibraltar leave Northern Ireland on a positive note

Gibraltar Men & Women squads ended their respective international friendlies against Northern Ireland this weekend with plenty of lessons and a victory.

It was the Gibraltar Women’s team that got the weekend underway with a defeat to Northern Ireland. After trailing 4-0 at half-time, Gibraltar came out much more positive in the second half and the result at full-time saw the hosts win 5-1, with the visitors only goal coming from Joelle Gilbert.

A few hours later the Men’s side were in action; Gibraltar found themselves trailing 2-1 with Naoufal El Andaloussi scoring, but the visitors were by the far the more clinical side and ran out 8-1 winners.

The Gibraltar Women’s team found themselves playing their double-header the following day and were defeated 4-0. Kyrelle Revagliatte was a player who received many plaudits for her goalkeeping display and the friendlies, in general, are ones that the team can take positives from and look to take forward.

On the final day of the international friendlies weekend, Gibraltar Men walked away with a superb victory. An own goal, one from Jaydan Parody and a Nicholas Castle brace secured the win in an end-to-end game.

The training for the Men’s team continues after this weekend, with the squad set to travel to Bosnia on the 26th to take on the host nation, Cyprus and Switzerland.

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Gibraltar Futsal squads announced for International friendly

Gibraltar Futsal head coach Jose Carlos Gil Prieto has announced a 15-man squad for their International friendly against Northern Ireland this weekend, while Women’s Head Coach Gayle Langtry has also named her squad for he Women’s Teams double-header against the same nation.

The squads travel to Belfast in the next few days and will play a double-header against the hosts, returning Sunday evening.

Men’s squad:

  1. Nicholas Castle
  2. Lee Coombes
  3. Naoufal El Andaloussi
  4. Kieron Garcia
  5. Zane Holgado
  6. Andrew Lopez
  7. Aiman Mkerreff
  8. Mark Moxham
  9. Denzel Navarro
  10. Liam Neale
  11. Alan Parker
  12. Jaydan Parody
  13. Ashley Rodriguez
  14. Michael Rodriguez
  15. Aidan Serra

Women’s Squad

  1. Zoe Ballantine
  2. Tiana Borrell
  3. Josie Cummings
  4. Keshia Doody
  5. Joelle Gilbert
  6. Renai Marcus
  7. Gabriella Martinez
  8. Reighann Mascarenhas-Olivero
  9. Arwen Neale
  10. Kyrelle Revagliatte
  11. Shania Robba
  12. Kaira Sene
  13. Tiffany Viagas
  14. Aerin Victory
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New Futsal Leagues get underway this weekend

The long-awaited Futsal Premier & Championship Division 19/20 seasons get underway this weekend with a total of 23 clubs taking part.

The new rule introduced by the Gibraltar FA earlier this week will see 1 HGP on the pitch at all times for the duration of the whole match with the rule expected to rise to 2 for the 2020/21 season.

Each League (Premier and Championship) will ‘split’ after the 1st round of matches to allow a more balanced competition. The number of clubs in each half of the split will be determined by the final number of teams that registered in the respective Leagues by the 31st of August.

Premier Division teams:

  1. Bavaria FC
  2. College 1975
  3. Europa FC
  4. Inter Principia FC
  5. Koala FC
  6. Laguna 2007 FC
  7. Lynx FC
  8. Mons Calpe FC
  9. South United FC
  10. Spartans FC
  11. Zoca Bastion

Games to be played on Saturday 19th October & Sunday 20th October at the Tercentenary Sports Hall.


Championship Divison teams:

  1. Boca Juniors Gib FC
  2. Expendables FC
  3. FC Britannia
  4. FC Hound Dogs
  5. Hercules Football Club
  6. Lek Bangkok FC
  7. Lions Gib FC
  8. Maccabi FC
  9. Rock Solid FC
  10. Sporting FC
  11. St Joseph’s Football Club
  12. Stallions FC

Games to be played Saturday 19th October & Sunday 20th October at the Old Sports Hall.

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All Lion final for Juan Chipol Cup

It will be an all Lions final this evening as Lions Black take on Lions Orange for the Juan Chipol Cup at 19:30 in the Old Sports Hall.

Lions Black team: Andrya Rowbottom, Joelle Gilbert, Kathy Rocca, Nadine Rodriguez, Paris Chelleram, Zamara Espinosa, Zara Jan Lopez, Zoe Ballantine.

Lions Orange team: Abigail Evans, Alba Martin, Josie Cummings, Kayleigh Ferro, Keshia Doody, Kyrelle Revagliatte, Mollie Karp, Reighann Olivero.

Lions Black went undefeated in Group 2 to progress into the final with Joelle Gilbert scoring in both games while Lions Orange saw themselves come from behind to beat Lincoln FC courtesy of goals from Josie Cummings and Reighann Olivero and won their first game in Group 1, goals from Alba Martin, Keshia Doody, Reighann Olivero and a Kayleigh Ferro brace.

Lions president Alex Grech spoke about how good it was to have the final between both Lions teams, saying it is a: “great achievement, and it shows how serious the club takes the ladies football. Furthermore, with our qualified coaches Jansen Olivero and Chris Ward continuously working and putting the hours for their development.”

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Ruiz: “We felt like we could have done a bit more”

We caught up with Tyson Ruiz as he reflects on the UEFA Futsal Champions League tournament with Lynx and his view going into the domestic season with his new club Mons Calpe.

Tyson Ruiz had mixed feelings about Lynx’s preparation going into the Futsal Champions League and said, “We’ve had better preparations in previous years, mainly due to the change of manager and players not able to attend all training sessions.”

Lynx lost all their group games against Hovocubo, Helvecia Futsal London and PYF Saltires – Tyson reflected on the tournament, “Overall, I think we had a good tournament. I felt that we could have done a bit more against the Scots, but the other two games were going to be near impossible.”

With the new Futsal season reportedly kicking off in October, we asked Tyson what he is hoping to achieve this season – “This season, I’m gonna take a break from futsal, at least till January. Last year it was difficult training with both futsal and football then playing twice a week.”

Tyson returned to Mons Calpe in the summer after leaving in 2017 and asked him if he is looking forward to the new domestic season, “Like I said before, it was difficult playing the two sports. This year, I’m concentrating on Mons Calpe and looking forward to trying to help achieve the clubs goals which is to try qualify for Europe.”