First ever Futsal coaching course kicks off

Feb. 26, 2017 – The first ever AFC Futsal Coaching Course (Level 1) organized by the ANFA under the auspice of the AFC kicked off at the ANFA Complex on Sunday. The 6-day course has 19 participants and is being conducted by AFC Instructor Hossein Shams from IR Iran.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the course, Chairman of the ANFA Futsal Committee Ramesh Rayamajhi, who is also the Ex. Co member of the association, thanked the AFC for giving ANFA the opportunity to organize the course.

He expressed his belief that the course would help in the formation of the national team.

“ Futsal is a very popular format of football in Nepal. We have about 100 futsal pitches in Kathmandu alone and more than 1 million are directly or indirectly involved in the game. This is our first step towards developing the game systematically in the country,” he said. “ Our next step will be to organize refereeing course and finally we will go for a nation-wide league. All these programs will help us form a good national team.”

Likewise, ANFA Acting General Secretary Sanjib Mishra said that futsal is in the toddler stages in Nepal despite it being very popular among youngsters. By toddler stage, he meant that the matches and tournaments were not being conducted as per the regulations and expressed his confidence that the course would guide ANFA towards enforcing the laws of the game everywhere it is played.

“As futsal is very popular in Nepal, I have seen many players currently playing in the top division of the country hone their skills by playing futsal. Former National team players like Nabin Lama and Shyam Nepali all came to the national team starting their initial stages from futsal,” he added.

AFC Instructor Hossein Shams gave example of Vietnam’s rise to the top ranks in futsal.

“ I remember Vietnam started futsal only in 2006 and now they are one of the top teams in Asia. In the recently held World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam defeated powerhouse like Japan. I believe Nepal can achieve that but in order to get there you need to organize a proper league. I know futsal in very popular in Nepal and I would like to thank the ANFA for bringing together very qualified participants,” he added.

The minimum requirement of the futsal coaching course for the participants is the AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate.

Lastly, ANFA Futsal Committee Vice Chairman Lok Bahadur Shahi said the course has now officially stated the existence of a futsal committee in Nepal.

“ This course has given our futsal committee international recognition. Though there are various tournaments organized in Kathmandu, it had not been organized by a recognized unit. This course has established ANFA's committee as the recognized body for futsal activities in Nepal because everywhere in the world futsal falls under the football association of the country.”

Coach Darshan Bhaktaraj is the assistant to instructor Sham.


1. Bikram Maharjanshy

2. Jeevan Sinkemana

3. Thamman Bhusal

4. Chakra Tamang

5. Ashok Rai

6. Ganesh Budhathoki

7. Saroj Thapa

8. Purushottam Thapa

9. Gaurav Basnet

10. Naresh Shrestha

11. Deepak Bhusal

12. Nabin Maharjan

13. Anil Bahadur Gurung

14. Rajan Neupane

15. Rajesh Khadgi 

16. Rakesh Shrestha

17. Chetan Ghimire

18. Sanoj Shrestha 

19. Bishnu Gurung