Gibraltar’s women in superb performance against Belgium

In their first competitive futsal international, Gibraltar’s Women’s National Team put in a superb performance against Belgium, only being denied on penalties after a 3-3 draw after extra time.

After Kazakhstan’s withdrawal from the group due to not being able to travel to Gibraltar, yesterday’s match became a one-off knock-out match to see who qualified to the Main Qualifying Round of the Women’s Futsal Euro qualifiers. Originally due to be played last May, but rescheduled for this year, Gibraltar’s women’s national team had prepared for over a year for this historic encounter – their first competitive international in futsal, and a youthful team took to the court to face Belgium.

The team all put in great performances, but it would be two Robba’s – twin sisters Caitlin and Shania, who would shine most in Gibraltar’s performance at both ends of the court. Caitlin, who started in goal, was kept busy throughout by Belgium, and on numerous occasions came to Gib’s rescue, including saving a penalty in the final minutes of regular time, while Shania twice scored for Gib, taking the game firstly to extra time and then to penalties.

Despite starting off well, Gibraltar would find themselves 2-0 down inside five minutes, with Tine Van Roie and Pauline Tauquet scoring for the visitors. However, this setback would not halt Gibraltar’s progression, and halfway through the first half, they would get a goal back as Tiffany Viagas, after good play from Robba in attack, halved the deficit and got Gibraltar’s first ever competitive women’s futsal goal.

From that point on, Gibraltar kept on creating chances, spurred on by a capacity Tercentenary Sports Hall crowd which would prove to be one of, if not the biggest crowd seen this year at either a men’s or women’s match. They were then rewarded with an equaliser early in the second half – after Gib caught Belgium on the counter, Robba scored when one-on-one with Zelie Lambert to level the scores. This spurred on Belgium, who began to control possession, but could not find a way past Robba in the Gib goal.

Gibraltar then thought they had won it in the final seconds of the game, when a deflected corner had looked to have crossed the line, only for the Belgian defender to have been called to clear it in time – she took out the goal with her such was the close call, and despite replays seemingly showing the ball had crossed the line, such close margins would be the reason the game went to extra time.

In extra time, Van Roie would put Belgium ahead in the first half, but despite the set-back, Gib fought back, and Robba got her second, and Gib’s third of the evening, soon after to tie the scores once again. Both sides pushed for the win but could not find it, and the game went to penalties, which Belgium went on to win 5-4 – denying Gib what could fairly have been called a deserved victory, however for manager Gayle Langtry and her coaching staff, there is no doubt that they would have been immensely proud of their young team – 7 of their 12-women squad were under the age of 20, and all signs point to a bright future for Gibraltar’s women in the sport.


Gibraltar: C. Robba; Garcia, S. Robba, Viagas, Borrell

Subs: Revagliatte, Ferro, Neale, Salah El-Din, Holt, Victor, Mascarenhas-Olivero

Belgium: Lambert; Courtois, Deneire, Van Roie, Wijns

Subs: Suet, Meeuwis, Godier, Taquet, Taillieu, Meyers, Rosala

Yellow Cards: Viagas; Rosala

Red Cards: None


Spectators to return to all sporting venues from Friday

The Victoria Stadium, as well as all other sporting venues in Gibraltar, will be able to welcome back fans as of this coming Friday, it was confirmed this afternoon.

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The GFA confirmed this afternoon that following confirmation from the GSLA, spectators can return as of Friday 16th April, with numbers set to be restricted to 50% of the total capacity at present. The statement is as follows:

“The Gibraltar FA is delighted to have received confirmation, from the Gibraltar Sports and Leisure Authority, that spectators will be allowed back into all sporting venues across Gibraltar as from Friday 16th April 2021.

At present, all facilities will be limited to a maximum of 50% capacity and we would like to urge all those attending any football fixtures to fully co-operate with any requirements or requests made by onsite GSLA staff or indeed Gibraltar FA Delegates.

We would like to thank the GSLA, Civil Contingencies, Public Health Gibraltar and HM Government of Gibraltar for all of their amazing efforts and their hard work to ensure that Gibraltar is in a position to allow spectators to return to all of its sporting venues.”

The first game which would be set to benefit from the return of spectators is Bruno’s Magpies vs Manchester 62 on Friday evening, which kicks off at 8:30pm. The full weekend schedule for the Gibraltar National League is as follows:

  • Bruno’s Magpies v Manchester 62 – Friday 8:30pm
  • Europa v Lynx – Saturday 4pm
  • St Joseph’s v Lions – Saturday 6:30pm
  • Lincoln v Mons Calpe – Sunday 4pm
  • Europa Point v College – Sunday 6:30pm

Visit the Gibraltar FA website to find out times for other competitions, such as Men’s and Women’s Futsal, the Intermediate League, and more.


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.

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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.”


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.”


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):


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.


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.

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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!”


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.


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

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.