PREVIEW: New Zealand teams set for World University Futsal Championships

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New Zealand’s men’s and women’s teams are about to start their campaigns at the FISU World University Futsal Championships in Shanghai.

New Zealand’s men’s team will face Ukraine, Croatia and Mongolia, while the women go into a pool against Portugal and Poland.

The tournament starts on Monday June 10, 2024.

The squads named to travel to China include Futsal Ferns and Futsal Whites, and many top-performing players from the last Ford Futsal Superleague series.

The women’s team will be coached by Futsal Ferns head coach Nic Downes while the men’s side will be led by Futsal Whites head coach Marvin Eakes.

The FIAU tournament runs from June 10-16, 2024.

How to watch

Games from the tournament will be live-streamed by FISU.TV.

Men’s draw

Group A

  • China
  • Saudia Arabia
  • France

Group B

  • Portugal
  • Morocco
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Hong Kong

Group C

  • Ukraine
  • New Zealand
  • Croatia
  • Mongolia

Group D

  • Brazil
  • Czech Republic
  • Oman

Women’s draw

Group A

  • China
  • Brazil
  • Ukraine
  • Germany

Group B

  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • New Zealand

Fixtures (group matches)

Game to be played on Monday June 10, 2024 

New Zealand Men v Ukraine
Shanghai University of Engineering Science venue, 3.45pm (NZT)

Game to be played on Tuesday June 11, 2024 

New Zealand Men v Mongolia
Songjiang venue, 3,45pm (local)

New Zealand Women v Portugal
Shanghai University of Engineering Science venue, 10.30pm (NZT)

Game to be played on Wednesday June 12, 2024

New Zealand Men v Croatia
Songjiang venue, 3.45pm (NZT)

New Zealand Women v Poland
Shanghai University of Engineering Science venue, 10.30pm (NZT)

Knockout stages (June 14-16)

New Zealand squads


Mackenzie Falco (University of Canterbury)
Ella James (University of Auckland)
Ellena Firth (University of Canterbury)
Emily Gillion (Massey University)
Jordana Bremner (University of Auckland)
Jamie Evans (University of Waikato)
Britney-Lee Nicholson (University of Canterbury)
Zoe Barrott (Victoria University of Wellington)
Milla Green (Massey University)
Alosi Bloomfield (University of Auckland)
Hannah Reddy (AUT, Auckland)
Dani Ohlsson (Victoria University of Wellington)
Ashley Vincent (AUT, Auckland)
Samantha Whyte (University of Canterbury)


Charlie Bayly (University of Canterbury)
Sean Beresford Victoria (University of Wellington)
Ben Cameron (University of Canterbury)
Max Ericksen (University of Waikato)
Tyler Ericksen (University of Waikato)
Hamish Grey (Universidad Católica De Murcia)
Ethan Martin (University of Waikato)
Adam Paulsen (Massey University)
Casey Sharplin (University of Waikato)
Patrick Steele (University of Waikato)
Denny Twigg (University of Waikato)
Davis Vhavha (University of Waikato)
Logan Wisnewski (University of Waikato)
Mark Zimmerman (University of Canterbury)

Main photo: Action from the last FISU championships in Portugal.

Past FISU tournaments

The last FISU championships were held in Portugal in July 2022, and New Zealand entered teams in the men’s and women’s competitions.

In 2022, the women finished 4th while the men came 7th in their respective competitions.

New Zealand players at the FISU opening ceremony in Portugal.

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