International students of South Ural State University take part in friendly futsal games on a weekly basis.
The idea of conducting futsal training sessions appeared in December 2019. A big request for the organization of football games came from students. Then the SUSU International Office jointly with the Association of International Students found a special venue, on which training games began to be held every week on Saturdays and Sundays.
"Futsal is one of the most favourite sports among foreigners. Representatives of almost all countries attend weekly training sessions. Students from Iraq, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Yemen, Africa, China, and many other countries actively go to the gym to work out on weekends. The gym is never empty," says International Student Support Specialist Valeria Chachina.
All groups train according to the schedule. Each group represents a specific country, while the groups are assigned a specific time for training.
"I began playing football when I was 7 years old. I really like this sport, and I'm glad to continue playing it here in Chelyabinsk as well. Now we are preparing for the tournament, which will be late in spring, so we are constantly training. Our training sessions are very interesting," says Muhajr Sami, SUSU student from Iraq.
It should be noted that each year, as part of the extracurricular activities of SUSU international students, the Association of International Students of the university holds a futsal tournament. The competition is held twice a year: in autumn and spring. In autumn it is held among the teams formed from among international students within the university. In spring, competitions reach a new level, and our athletes enter the competition with teams of international students from other universities. This year the tournament is expected in May, and the guys have time to prepare for the competition by attending training sessions.