Cambridge FC’s Elliot Cooper will represent his country at this year’s FISU World University Futsal Championship in Kazakhstan.
The Reds midfielder has been selected for the NZ University Futsal team to go to the world champs in August.
NZ Football selected the squad, naming Cooper who is a 4th-year physiotherapy student at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Previously, New Zealand was represented by whichever team won the national university championships.
As a result, Cooper joins a national squad that includes six Futsal Whites – Hamish Mitchell (Ara Institute of Canterbury), Luke Maynard (University of Auckland), Luc Saker (Victoria University of Wellington), Jordan Ditfort (Waikato University), Thomas McGowan (University of Canterbury) and Benjamin Lapslie (University of Canterbury).
Cooper joined Cambridge this season after previously playing for Takapuna AFC in the Lotto NRFL second division.
As well as playing for the Reds, he doubles as the first team physio, being a member of Vigour Physiotherapy‘s team of sports specialists.
Cooper’s next challenge is finding the $5,000 he needs to personally fundraise to be a member of the squad that plays in Kazakhstan.
The money is needed for his share of flights, accommodation, meals, travel insurance, entry and referee fees, training costs, coaching and management support and uniform.
The following nations have confirmed their registration for the 2018 FISU World University Futsal Championship – Afghanistan, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and the USA.