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2016 Season

Victoria Street Stadium

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Champions: Pascoe Vale FC
Top Goal Scorer: Andre Caro (Pascoe Vale FC)
Best & Fairest: Robert Armallini (FC Balwyn)
MVP: Andre Caro (Pascoe Vale FC)
Manager of the season: Paul Vidic (Pascoe Vale FC)
Achiever’s Award: Gabriel Zeballos (FC Balwyn)
Keeper of the season: Aaron Yu (Fitzroy FC)
Young player of the season: Scott Rogan (Fitzroy FC)

After a fantastic first season of Series Futsal Victoria, the Pascoe Vale Futsal Club has been crowned as champions of the league at the Thomastown Futsal Oz Stadium today.

Demonstrating commitment and consistency through out the season, Pascoe Vale FC was rewarded with the trophy for a record ninth-time.

The other elite level champions were also officially crowned, with FC Collingwood collecting its State League Championship trophy.

The Achiever’s Award was handed to FC Balwyn manager Gabriel Zeballos, having helped turn the club around from a State Championship team into a Series Futsal force.

Fitzroy FC young gun Scott Rogan received the youth player award, thanks to a ‘coming-of-age’ season. The 17-year-old was a major factor in Fitzroy’s rise this season.

Pascoe Vale’s loyal leader Paul Vidic received his second-consecutive Manager of the year award, while his star captain Andre Caro received the Golden Boot (most goals) and the coveted Most Valuable Player award.

It was another stand-out season for Caro, who continues to raise the benchmark for Series Futsal Victoria players.

Balwyn’s Robert Armallini scored the league’s best and fairest prize having played his part in the resurrection of the club.

And the talented Aaron Yu won the Golden Gloves for the best performances as a goal keeper. The Fitzroy keeper has been on a gradual rise and excelled this season, helping to cement Fitzroy FC as a regular contender.

2015/2016 Season

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Pascoe Vale FC 2015/2016 Mens Premiers
Pascoe Vale FC 2015/2016 Mens Premiers

Champions: Pascoe Vale FC
Promoted: CF Brunswick
Relegated: Brimbank FC

Pascoe Vale Futsal Club secured its eighth Nike V-League Premiership in the most convincing of fashions. After losing to FC Balwyn in the opening round, Pascoe Vale taught its rivals a lesson in elite futsal, conceding no other defeats on its road to a becoming champions.

Pascoe Vale, regarded as one of the powerhouse teams in Australian futsal, secured the premiership with an 6-3 win over long-time rivals Vic Vipers with two rounds remaining, emphasizing their season dominance. Vic Vipers finished second overall in its swansong V-League season. The reigning champions have elected to concentrate on other leagues and will not continue at the highest-level of Victorian futsal.

The fight for third and fourth on the ladder was a close-run thing. Fitzroy FC eventually secured third place, just two points ahead of Hume FC. FC Balwyn rounded out the top five ahead of a fast-finishing Carlton, who started the season slowly but came on strong during the latter rounds. Metropolitan FC finished seventh and will face Ashburton in the play-offs, while Brimbank FC’s time in the V-League came to an end after claiming the wooden spoon. They will be replaced by CF Brunswick in the 2016 competition.

2015 Season

Victoria Street Stadium

2015

Champions: Vic Vipers FC
Top Goal Scorer: Alija Redzepovic (Metropolitan FC)
Best & Fairest: Adam Cooper (Vic Vipers FC)
MVP: Fernando De Moraes (Fitzroy FC
Manager of the season: Spiro Kargas (Vic Vipers FC)
Keeper of the season: Christos Apostolakis (Vic Vipers FC)
Young player of the season: Scott Rogan (Fitzroy FC)
Promoted: Moreland FC
Relegated: FC Balwyn

2014/15 Season

Victoria Street Stadium

2014-2015

Champions: Pascoe Vale FC
Top Goal Scorer: Joao Da Silva (Pascoe Vale FC)
Best & Fairest: Andre Caro (Pascoe Vale FC)
MVP: Sofiane Soufi (Pascoe Vale FC
Manager of the season: Paul Vidic (Pascoe Vale FC)
Keeper of the season: Kieran Pates (Vic Vipers FC)
Young player of the season: Stephen Gustus (FC Carlton)
Promoted: Moreland FC
Relegated: FC Balwyn

The Seventeenth season of the NIKE V-League proved to be the most competitive yet with newly promoted Carlton the State League Championship looking to make their mark on the league and not just make up the numbers. The usual suspects would contend for the title with Pascoe Vale, Vic Vipers & Fitzroy all in with a shot at the major prize. Towards the bottom end of the table Ashburton Metropolitan and Balwyn were all expected to be fighting relegation as well as Carlton and Hume with not much separating the sides.

The early weeks of the season caused a shock to all as Pascoe Vale won 3 of their first four being beaten by Fitzroy to put them behind the eight ball. Vic Vipers had a tough start to the season winning just one of their first four being beaten by Carlton and Pascoe Vale as well as sharing the points with Hume. Fitzroy had a better start to the season going unbeaten in the first four games, a draw with Hume the only blemish in the early weeks.

Hume struggled early on going winless in their first four games having three draws and a defeat to Carlton not getting them off to the best start. Metropolitan also a tough start to the season winning just once in their first four suffering two defeats and a draw putting them behind the eight ball. Terrible starts for Balwyn and Ashburton saw just one win between them in their first four games each while the surprise packet of the lot was newly promoted Carlton, the young side winning all four of their opening games to top the ladder beating Metropolitan, Vipers, Ashburton & Hume putting the rest of the league on notice. The next four rounds saw the big guns rise to the occasion as Pascoe Vale and Vic Vipers won all their games to push back towards the top of the league. In start contrast Fitzroy won just one of their next four games seeing them slip down the table. Hume had an improved showing winning twice and losing twice. Metropolitan continued to struggle losing three of the four and only having a draw to show for their efforts. Balwyn remained winless after their first eight games as they looked the weakest side in the lead as Ashburton won once drew once and lost twice seeing them remain near the bottom of the table. Carlton continued to shine as they suffered their first defeat to Pascoe Vale but won their next three games putting them equal top with Pascoe after eight games.

In the middle of the season which was the most crucial part Pascoe went undefeated winning three and drawing once to keep them top. Vipers also went unbeaten winning two and drawing twice keeping them in third place. Fitzroy continued to struggle winning just once in their next four games with a draw and two losses putting them even further off the pace. A horrible patch for Hume saw them lose all four games leaving them in the relegation zone and with plenty of work to do. Metropolitan continued to struggle winning just once also having a draw and two defeats leaving them in the relegation zone also with plenty of work to do. Balwyn grabbed their first win of the season defeating Metropolitan but it was really the only highlights as they lost their other three games sitting at 1 & 11 at the half way point of the season. A squad overhaul did Ashburton a world of good seeing them win four straight games climbing into fifth and looking to push for the top four. Carlton had their season slump with players out through injury and suspension they only managed a win and a draw in the middle part of the season suffering another two defeats which left them in second place.

Heading into the pointy end of the season Pascoe asserted their dominance on the league winning their next four games to have one hand on the title. Vipers had two wins a draw and a defeat which virtually put them out of the running for the title. Fitzroy continued to struggle only recording a win and a draw and two defeats leaving them scrambling for an FAFL place. Hume’s up and down form continued with only two wins and two losses keeping them in the relegation zone and struggling to get out. Metropolitan were also struggling grabbing a win a draw and two defeats in the their four games leaving them in second bottom place. Balwyn continued to go winless losing another four games to secure a direct relegation. Ashburton were defeated only once in their next four putting them into 5th place. Carlton’s struggling form continued winning once drawing twice and losing once which still kept them in second place.

The final five rounds of the season would prove crucial in the course of the season and despite struggling a little Pascoe sealed the league title winning three drawing once and losing once they still ran out winners. Vipers went undefeated to end the season only drawing once but it would only ensure third place for the Vipers still sealing an FAFL Cup birth. Fitzroy had a more positive finish winning three and losing two of their final five games but would miss out on FAFL Cup qualification. Hume continued to struggle winning two and losing three which saw them forced into a relegation play off game. Metro won just one of their last five games seeing them also book their place in the playoffs. Balwyn managed to get their second win of the season but it would still see them directly relegated from the NIKE V-League. Ashburton went winless in their last five games but had still done enough to secure and FOz Cup birth while Carlton ended their season with five straight wins carrying them to second in the NIKE V-League and an FAFL Cup qualification for the first time in their history seen as a real achievement for the newly promoted side.

2014 Season

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Champions: Pascoe Vale FC
Top Goal Scorer: Joao Da Silva (Pascoe Vale FC)
Best & Fairest: Joao Da Silva (Pascoe Vale FC)
MVP: Andre Caro (Pascoe Vale FC
Manager of the season: Paul Vidic (Pascoe Vale FC)
Keeper of the season: Giobatta Bianchini (Pascoe Vale FC)
Young player of the season: Alistair Dunlop (Fitzroy FC)
Promoted: FC Carlton
Relegated: Mickleham FC

Season 16 of the NIKE V-League had rolled into town and the signs were ominous that there could be a changing of the guard at the top. With a positive season finishing second the early questions being asked were could Fitzroy go that one step further and clinch their first piece of silverware since 2010? They definitely had the squad to do it; it was just a matter of whether they could let their Futsal do the talking. Other title favorites as always were current champions Vic Vipers and 5 time winners Pascoe Vale. Metropolitan looked an outside chance off finally grabbing their first piece of silverware but could their ageing list go another 21 straight weeks to clinch the title? At the other end of the table it was a case of who would be fighting relegation and the early favorites seemed newly promoted Balwyn could they match it with the best or would it be too much for the State League Champs. Mickleham who on two occasions completed miraculous runs of results to fight off relegation. One of the only sides never relegated from the league could be staring down the barrel as Ashburton went into their 16th season in the V-League as one of the favorites for the drop. The only side who nobody really expected to be relegated or fight for the title seemed Hume as they would fight it out until the very end but were expected to finish mid table.

In the opening three rounds early favorites Fitzroy and Pascoe Vale went unbeaten while the Vipers and Metropolitan made a struggling start winning just one game from their first three. Hume had a positive start to the season dropping just one of their first three in a hard fought loss to Pascoe Vale. State League Champions Balwyn surprised the pundits going two from three and like Hume only dropped points to Pascoe on the opening day. Ashburton and Mickleham however made horrible starts to the season losing all three of their opening games to sit level at the bottom of the table.

The next four rounds were not so kind for Fitzroy as they dropped two on the trot to Ashburton and Pascoe Vale respectively but bounced back to win their next two sitting five and two after seven rounds. Pascoe Vale went unbeaten in their next four to sit comfortably a top the table while only managed two wins, a draw and a loss to sit in the middle of the table surprising many of the pundits. Metropolitan lifted their form as they won 3 of their next four dropping their only game to Pascoe Vale and sitting in second place on the toes of Pascoe Vale. Hume saw themselves slump in their next four only managing one win with it being over bottom placed Mickleham which put the Army down in the bottom half of the table. Balwyn were continuing their fight for survival with two wins a draw and a loss in four games having them inside the top four and surprising many. Ashburton managed a big 4-3 win over Fitzroy but that’s where it ended as they dropped three straight games to sit near Mickleham at the bottom. Although a mini revival was seen in Mickleham they were desperately unlucky against the top sides in the league losing games right at the death and only managing a crushing 7-1 win over Ashburton to stay level on points with the green machine.

As we approached the half way mark of the season the question stood would anyone take points off Pascoe? In the form they were in the answer looked no as the league leaders put together yet another four straight wins to make it 11 straight and put themselves in the perfect position to go on with it. Fitzroy were dropping off the pace with a form slump seeing them win just one of their next four to fall seemingly too far behind Pascoe to make a run at the title. Vipers had a mini revival mid season only suffering defeat to Pascoe to stay just in touch with their arc rivals. Metro also went three from four in the middle of the season losing just once to Vipers to sit in third place behind Pascoe and Vipers respectively. Hume’s poor form continued as they dropped their next two games to make it six without a win but managed to pick up winning their next two after a managerial chance saw Moe Tankir take charge and breathe new life into the Hume side. State League Champions Balwyn felt the pinch of the V-League as they dropped three of their next four only beating bottom placed Mickleham. Ashburton continued to struggle also as they went two from two but it was enough to pull themselves away from Mickleham and the dreaded automatic relegation spot. As for Mickleham in bottom place they looked all but doomed losing their next four games to have just one win after 11 games.

Pascoe Vale continued to just dominate the league as they won another four straight games to make it 15 unbeaten and the title looked as good as their with their opponents dropping points. Fitzroy lifted a little but definitely not enough winning two, drawing one and dropping one to Pascoe to have them back in the hunt for second place but first looked a little too far away. Vipers dropped more points, which effectively put them out of the title race winning two drawing one and losing once to sit in third after fifteen rounds. Metro like Fitzroy and Vipers stuttered a little winning two and losing two to sit in fourth place with six rounds remaining. Hume’s revival under Tankir came to a screeching halt as they only managed a draw in their next four games to sit dangerously close to the relegation zone. Balwyn like Hume could only muster up a draw against Fitzroy in their next four (One they were lucky to get), which left them in a four fight to save their V-League status. Ashburton put together a good run of results to win three of their next four and jump Hume to sit in sixth place. Mickleham managed a win over Hume to keep the relegation battle interesting but were still way behind the pack with six games remaining.

With the seemingly invincible Pascoe winning their next six games to seal the league title and making it the first perfect season in league history and completing a sixth league title for the club. Fitzroy won five of their next six only losing to Pascoe in the first game ever to be played out of the new Futsal Oz Mt Evelyn complex to seal second place and build some good form going into the FOz Cup. Vipers then went three and three and looked disinterested just waiting for the new season to roll around but still finishing third. Metro had a very poor end to the season in winning one and drawing one but losing four in their final six games to just squeeze into the top four but it was a disappointing season on Metro’s behalf. Hume had a good end to the season winning four of their last six to ensure their place in next season’s NIKE V-League as they will look to once again crack the top four next season. Balwyn went three and three in their final 6 including a dramatic win over Metro which saw them clinch sixth place and decide who would be relegated and who would have a promotion battle. Ashburton’s end to the season wasn’t what they were after winning one, drawing once and losing four to fall just short of sixth which would mean a relegation play off against Brunswick for the final place in the 2014/15 NIKE V-League season. Finally Mickleham were relegated straight down to the state league after only mustering two wins for the season in one of the worst seasons to date it will have to be back to the drawing board for the club as they look to fight their way back up.

Not the closest season but it did have its ups and downs Pascoe by far and away the best side going through undefeated, The question now remains who will be able to stop them in the 2014/15 season? It looks a very promising season with the promotion of Carlton Heart. A big season on the cards be sure to get down every Sunday from 5pm to Futsal Oz Brunswick or Mt Evelyn (Check fixture for details) and enjoy the froth.

2013/14 Season

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Champions: Vic Vipers FC
Top Goal Scorer: Ricardo Castro (Ashburton FC)
Best & Fairest: Ernie Simsek – Metropolitan FC & Joao Silveira (Fitzroy FC)
MVP: Fernando De Moraes – Fitzroy FC
Manager of the season: Milton Sakkos (Vic Vipers FC)
Keeper of the season: Christos Apostolakis (Vic Vipers FC)
Young player of the season: Alistair Dunlop (Fitzroy FC)
Promoted: FC Balwyn
Relegated: Albert Park FC

Season fifteen began with plenty of optimism around the league as many team had bolstered their lists looking to make a run at the title. Last season’s champions Pascoe Vale went into the season as the heavy favourites followed by emerging Fitzroy who were expected to have a big season after they finished the 2013 season in fine form, Manager Tod Myles made a huge coup in signing Brasilian star Joao Silveira who’s pace and creativity would certainly add some spark to the side in their chase for the title. Metropolitan the team best at finishing second in the league would once again gear up for a title push as their ageing stars would look to grab their first piece of silverware. After a poor showing and 7th placed finish not many expected Vic Vipers to be in the title race at all, With no new signings many thought the Vipers would be in for a relegation battle could they prove them wrong? Next on our list was Hume, After a few good seasons in which they pushed for the title and an FOz Cup this would be their most testing season to date as they looked to really go for their maiden V-League triumph. Ashburton. Such an up and down side over the years their golden era (Which now all ply their trade for Pascoe Vale) Won them their first piece of silverware with the incredible FOz Cup win. This season however it will be about survival for Ashburton as they looke to build for the future. A terrific end to last season saved Mickleham from relegation and even won them a place in the FOz Cup the question is could they continue their good form and push for a top 4 birth in the new season? Finally we look at newly promoted Albert Park, A convincing State League season gave them belief they could challenge in the V-League.

Well forget what everyone thinks or thought lets take a look back at the season that was 2013/14. Looking at the first 5 games there were a few surprises in store as Vic Vipers remained the only team undefeated with arguably the toughest draw of the lot including a memorable last minute win over Pascoe Vale to have them top of the league and looking the goods early on. Fitzroy took up second place winning 4 of their first 5 games only suffering one defeat at the hands of Vic Vipers which kept them in the title hunt. Reigning champs Pascoe Vale had a good start to the season racing out of the blocks with 3 straight wins before being halted by 2 straight losses to Vic Vipers and Fitzroy which severely dented their title charge given the form of Vipers early on. Shaky starts for Hume and Ashburton as the 2 sides sat level on 2 wins 2 losses and a draw after 5 games, records that needed to be improved if they were to stay in touch with the top 4. Mickleham and Albert Park had shocking starts to the season, The pair losing all of their first 5 games as the two looked as though they would be battling for a promotion relegation game.

The middle part of the season before the transfer window opened saw Vipers drop their first game of the season in Round 10 to Metropolitan ending a 9 game winning streak which opened the door for Pascoe to keep in touch they had won 5 straight game to close the gap to just 1 point near the halfway mark. Fitzroy stumble a little in the middle part of the season with a 4-4 draw to Ashburton and a 4-3 loss to Vipers leaving their title dream hanging by a thread. Metro too were struggling winning 3 of their next 5 drawing with Hume and losing to Pascoe Vale which like Fitzroy severely dented their chances of the title. A very poor stretch of games from Hume saw them win none of their next 5 games only managing a draw against Metropolitan which ended their already slim title hopes and dented their top 4 chances. Ashburton picked up 2 more wins and a draw in their next 5 games to have them on the brink of the top 4 going into the second half of the season. Mickleham won their first game of the season over bottom placed Albert Park but couldn’t manage another in their next 4 as out of 20 games Mickleham and Albert Park managed just 1 win (Against Each Other) It looks like a long season for both teams.

Vipers raced into the second half of the season winning 5 straight games to put them on the brink of their first title in 3 seasons with a second win over Pascoe Vale in the process the title looked all but over at this point. After recording 5 straight wins Pascoe stumbled at the most crucial hurdle suffering a defeat at the hands of Vipers and a draw with Metropolitan in which they were lucky to get which virtually knocked them out of the title race. Fitzroy picked up as the weeks went on dropping 2 in a row but then winning 3 straight to take second place from Pascoe and just stay in touch with the Vipers. Metro capped off a good period going undefeated in 5 games only dropping 1 in the draw to Pascoe which catapulted them back into FAFL contention. Hume’s worst season in years continued as they took just 4 points from their next 5 games to be down in 6th place unable to be relegated but in truth going nowhere after 15 rounds. Ashburton’s up and down season took a turn for the worst as they went winless in their next 5 games and there looked to be a little bit of uncertainty among the Ashburton management a problem that had to be dealt with and fast. Mickleham all but assured they would get a chance to stay in the V-League beating Ashburton and drawing with Albert Park. Albert Park registered their first point of the league with a draw against Mickleham but other than that there wasn’t much to report.

Going into the final 6 games there was all to play for, for some and not so for other first up we look at the race for the title and despite suffering 2 defeats in their last 6 the Vipers amazing season brought them a well deserved 3rd Championship as they played some quality Futsal throughout the season beating Pascoe Vale 3 times which is no easy feet as well as.

2013 Season

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Champions: Pascoe Vale FC
Top Goal Scorer: Adem Alicevic – Brimbank FC
Best & Fairest: Alija Redzepovic – Metropolitan FC
MVP: Fernando De Moraes – Fitzroy FC
Manager of the season: Paul Vidic – Pascoe Vale FC
Keeper of the season: Lorenzo De Paris – Ashburton FC/Pascoe Vale FC
Young player of the season: Matthew Vragovski – Hume FC
Promoted: Brimbank FC – FC Carlton – Mickleham FC
Relegated: FC Carlton, CF Brunswick, Moreland FC, FC Essendon

With Pascoe Vale seemingly coasting to the last 2 V-League titles season 14 looked to be the toughest all sides would compete in. To kick it all off title favourites Pascoe Vale stumbled just once in their first 6 games a 2-2 draw with the Vic Vipers (A lucky escape) the only blemish on an otherwise perfect start to the year. Metropolitan also looked a lot better in the new season dropping just the one game in their opening 6 to keep pace with Pascoe at the top, A 2 goal loss to the league leaders their only stumble to date. Pre season contenders Hume had a bolting start to the season winning their first 3 games and looked ready to grab a chance at their first piece of silverware all without last season’s Top Goalscorer, Best & Fairest & MVP Vadim Mazurskiy. But a dip in form saw 2 straight defeats to Ashburton & Metropolitan respectively not the start Amin Keddad would have like after the first month and a half. FOz Cup winners Ashburton were the heavy favourites to challenge Pascoe Vale but after winning their first 2 games star man Lucas Kruel announced he would be leaving his side for newly promoted FC Carlton in a move that shocked the league. It did little to halt Ashburton’s charge though as they won they’re next 3 (Including Kruel’s Carlton side) only losing once in their first 6 a narrow loss to Metropolitan their only dropped points. The Vic Vipers a side with a rich history and winning culture went for a more youthful looking line up in the early rounds and it payed dividend lead by Adam Cooper the Vipers recorded 3 wins a draw and 2 losses in their first 6 games not a bad effort from a team with majority of their list under the age of 19. Some big moves in the transfer market saw 2 time winners of the league Fitzroy aquire some of the best talent Victorian futsal has to offer add 2 time MVP Fernando De Moraes and New Zealand international Mark Burton to the side and it looked a side who could definitely cause some upsets this season a slow start to the season with No De Moraes or Burton saw the youngsters Humbled by powerhouses Hume & Vipers before 2 straight win and 2 more defeats put an end to an up and down 6 week period. Looking towards the middle of the table Brunswick and Moreland had slow starts winning just 5 games out of 12 combined while high hopes for a fast finishing Essendon without star columbian Andreas Cardenas looked shaking losing 5 of their first 6. Newly promoted sides were finding wins tough to come by as State League Champions Brimbank recording just 2 wins and a draw in their first 6 as well as recapturing Ivan Zilic who spent just 2 games at Metropolitan. Mickleham took just 4 points and Carlton recorded just the one win which would give manager Chaaban Rajab plenty to think about with 16 rounds remaining.

With news breaking that a new restructure to the Elite Leagues would see the bottom 4 directly relegated from the V-League and 8th place forced into a play off nobody wanted to lose their place which made for an interesting few rounds with Pascoe Vale dropping 2 games out of 6 for the first time in 3 seasons many sides had reason to believe they could surpass the faltering champions in the weeks to come. Metropolitan were one of those side and they went top dropping just one game in the lead up to the half way point. Hume likewise dropped just the one game, Ashburton began to feel the strain of losing Lucas Kruel as well as the unavailability of Robert Armellini saw them suffer 2 defeats on the bounce. The Vipers had a strong few showing only being on the losing end twice in their next 6 while Fitzroy snapped a 4 game losing streak turning it into 3 straight wins before falling to a strong looking Hume. Brunswick went 3 and 3 in their next 6, As Brimbank only won 2 of their next 6 with one of them being against champions Pascoe Vale. After just 12 rounds Mickleham looked doomed taking just 7 points from a possible 36. Essendon also looked set for direct relegation as they lost 6 on the trot. Carlton’s new look side took 10 points from a possible 18 to have them back in contention to stay safe. Last season surprise packet Moreland were finding their second season in the league very tough as they lost 5 in a row and drew just 1 as they sat second bottom at the half way point.

The mid season transfer window saw some huge shakes in the league after Pascoe Vale dropped 6 points manager Paul Vidic broke the panic button as he brought in some of the biggest names in the league to bolster his stocks in Lucas Kruel, (FC Carlton) Felipe Bley who’s move to Carlton failed after just one week, Mauricio Novak (FC Carlton) & Lorenzo De Paris (Ashburton FC). Bringing in arguably the two best keepers in the league as well as Kruel, Novak and a returning Joao Da Silva all of a sudden Pascoe Vale were the best team on paper once again in almost the blink of an eye. Andreas Cardenas (FC Essendon) made a move to Fitzroy FC a few weeks prior to the window opening taking advantage of the 3 week transfer rule. Joaquin Jiminez (FC Essendon) traded red for green as Ashburton looked to replace Kruel. Metropolitan also aquired Essendon duo Alex Cobo & Gustavo Candello. Morris Edwards (FC Carlton) Came in to replace Steve Gustus. Salih Sefil (Fitzroy FC) joined Moreland right as the window opened.

With the transfers out the way it was now time to see if the big inclusions to each side could make a difference and show why their respective managers signed them. Pascoe Vale the side everyone believed was unstoppable were far from it with 2 draws in their middle 6 games to Metropolitan in which they trailed 4-2 and Fitzroy against who the trailed 3-1 gave sides reason to believe they could be beaten and although they had not been yet it seemed only a matter of time. Metropolitan after losing captain Dino Redzepovic & Adam Husseni to personal commitments Metropolitans title challenge took a huge shot in the arm with 3 draws in 6, Hume put their case for the title forward with 5 wins from 6 and the loss of Lorenzo De Paris was severely hurting Ashburton as they lost 3 and drew one of the next 6. Fitzroy went undefeated in their next 6 with 3 wins and 3 draws in their strong end to the season. The Vipers snapped a four game losing streak to wins two in a row but the loss of their star players to Australian duties left a young squad to gain experience in the toughest league in victoria , The loss of Adis Sehic hurt Brimbank but not enough to derail them as they took 10 points from 18. Mickleham also picked up 10 points to keep them in with a chance of survival. Brunswick also kept themselves in the hunt grabbing 6 points but the loss on Jose Portillo also to Australian duties was hurting their cause. A determined Carlton side pulled 7 points from 18 as it shaped up as the closest league finish in years at both ends of the table. As for Moreland and Essendon 1 win between them in 12 games all but confirmed they would be the first 2 sides relegated from the NIKE V-League Premiership.

With 4 games remaining and the title on the line it was all down to who dropped points where but the title was Pascoe Vale’s to lose and they made no mistake winning their final 4 games as the experienced campaigners they are to bring home their 5th league title as well as making it 3 in a row. Metropolitan pushed them all the way before slipping up on the last day to Mickleham it mattered little in the end anyway. Hume who finished 3rd had a dismal end to the season gaining only a draw from their last 4 games. Ashburton picked up 7 points in their last 4 but had very little to play for in the end. Fitzroy ended their season with 4 straight wins, As the young Vipers went winless in their last 4 games. After 6 seasons in the top flight Brunswick were relegated after a rather poor showing with the list they had. Brimbank dropped into a relegation battle against Albert Park with star man Adem Alicevic saving them by the skin on their teeth a 11-10 defeat to Fitzroy on the last day saving them from a direct relegation which would have made Carlton feel hard done by who were relegated on goal difference. Essendon and Moreland went straight down after desperately disappointing seasons but the real success story of the season was Mickleham, Sitting on just 5 points after 12 games the killer bees found their buzz and came roaring home to finish in 6th place and retain their top flight status for another season.

2012/13 Season

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Champions: Pascoe Vale FC
Top Goal Scorer: Vadim Mazurskiy – Hume FC
Best & Fairest: Vadim Mazurskiy – Hume FC
MVP: Vadim Mazurskiy – Hume FC & Lorenzo De Paris – Ashburton FC
Manager of the season: Paul Vidic – Pascoe Vale FC
Keeper of the season: Lorenzo De Paris – Ashburton FC
Young player of the season: Matthew Vragovski – Hume FC
Promoted: Brighton FC – Fitzroy FC – Moreland FC
Relegated:

Season 13 looked the most competitive to date with plenty of sides looking to take it right up to league champions Pascoe Vale but all knew it wouldn’t be easy especially with the lions gaining the likes of Jose Portillo and Sofiane Soufi as well as only dropping 2 points in their opening 6 games a draw with Balwyn their only blemish on their record. The closest side to Pascoe Vale’s fast start was Metropolitan winning 5 of the first 6 only losing the one game to Pascoe Vale. Hume also had a good start to the year winning 4 of 6 as well as a 3-3 draw with Fitzroy and a crushing defeat to Pascoe Vale sitting them in 3rd. A new look Ashburton side playing a good brand of passing futsal won won 4 of their first 6 games a well deserved draw with the Vipers and a shock loss to Essendon leaving them in 4th place level on points with Hume. Newley promoted Moreland were providing stiff competition for the V-League’s best claiming 12 point from a possible 18 lying just outside the top 4 with manager Derren Saban visibly happy with his sides performances. A youthful looking Vipers line up had a solid start to the season winning 3 of the first 4 and drawing with Ashburton before slipping up slightly dropping 2 games on the trott to Metropolitan and Pascoe Vale respectivly but still in a handy position of 6th with a chance to climb the table. As for Brunswick, Essendon and Prahran they all could only muster 2 wins from their first 6 games to be just around the top 8. Newly promoted State League Champions Fitzroy FC were finding life in the top flight a little more difficult only managing 4 points from a possible 18 the exact number that Clubs Cup winners FC Balwyn had managed in a league which proved to grow tougher by the day. Favourites for the direct relegation Brighton went winless throughout their first 6 games and you could hardly see who they were going to defeat throughout the season.

As we reached the halfway point it was no surprise really that Pascoe Vale had gone undefeated throughout their first 12 games While Hume had emerged as contenders sitting 6 points behind their rivals winning 5 of 6 games to propel them into a good position just before christmas. Metropolitan sat hot on the heels of the top 2 winning 4 from 6 as a mid season revival from the Vic Vipers had them just 10 points off the pace winning 4 and drawing 2 in the lead up to the christmas break. Moreland were answering their critics in a big way claiming 3 wins from the next 6 games to sit above Fitzroy & Ashburton in 5th. Ashburton’s new look squad were struggling to gel losing 4 times in the lead up to the christmas break as a win and draw softened the blow a little but it was never going to be enough as their title dream looked shot before the halfway point as they sat dangerously low in 7th place. A resurgent Fitzroy side lead by Adam Husseni made a charge up the table winning 5 of 6 games to climb up into 6th place and in a very good position to stay in the V-League Premiership for another season. As for the sides right on the edge of relegation Brunswick moved to 12 points with 2 wins in the middle part of the season, While Balwyn & Prahran sat deadlocked on 10 points a piece but neither looked like they were going to stay in the league at this point. As for Essendon they were also struggling taking just 9 points from a possible 36 they looked certain for a relegation dogfight. Brighton were the final team on our list and their status needing no updating as they remained winless after 12 games in the V-League Premiership.

After christmas not much changed at the top of the table but the riggers of a long season looked to be taking its toll on Pascoe Vale as they suffered a draw and a defeat in their first 6 games of the new year which let Hume & the Vipers back in the title race somewhat. Hume went on a good run themselves a draw with Pascoe Vale the only blemish in their good start to the new year while the Vipers won every game in this period to have them back in the title race. Metropolitan looked shaky winning just 3 of 6 while Ashburton turned their season on its head with the inclusions of Lorenzo De Paris and Lucas Kruel fueling their charge as they won all 6 games after the christmas break. Moreland stayed strong winning 3 of 6 to cement their place in the top 8 and a spot in the FOz Cup. Fitzroy on 25 points looked all but certain to keep their place in the league after being promoted. Brunswick got 2 crucial wins and had a few results go their way as they were almost certain to make the top 8. Relegation threatened Prahran and Essendon only managed 2 wins in 12 games combined and clubs cup champions Balwyn sat on an 8 game losing streak and in second bottom position. Even Brighton managed to lift their season a little claiming 2 wins their extensive Video analysis and training paying off somewhat and keeping them in with a shot of earning a relegation battle.

A rather routine close to the season saw Pascoe Vale take maximum points from 3 of their last 4 games to take out their second straight league title. A strong finish to the season saw the Vic Vipers win their last night in a row before dropping a nothing game to Moreland on the final day to take out second place. Hume finished 3rd blowing any chance they had at winning the title losing 2 of thier last 4. No real surprises reading down the table Ashburton capped off a much improved year with a top 4 finish followed by Metropolitan who ended a disappointing season in 5th. Newly promoted Moreland and Fitzroy stayed up Moreland with a staggering 27 points while Fitzroy despite losing thier last 7 games managed to stay in 7th place. Brunswick took 6 points from their final 4 games to book an FOz Cup birth. Relegation battles awaited Essendon, Prahran & Balwyn while a largely disappointing Brighton were relegated straight back down to the State League in what was a thrilling season of top flight FUTSAL.

2012 Season

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Champions: Pascoe Vale FC
Top Goal Scorer: Sofiane Soufi – Ashburton FC
Best & Fairest: Ben Bodo – FC Balwyn
MVP: Resit Culculoglu – Hume FC
Manager of the season: Paul Vidic – Pascoe Vale FC
Keeper of the season: Frano Saric – FC Balwyn
Young player of the season: Mark Saric – FC Balwyn
Promoted: Hume FC – Elsternwick FC – Albert Park FC
Relegated:

After seeing the Vic Vipers lift the trophy for a second straight season the question posed to the other 11 competing sides would be who could stop them ? Within the first month the Vipers had slipped up dropping points to Prahran. As for other title contenders Pascoe Vale went unbeaten in the first month while Balwyn & Metropolitan suffered a defeat each in their first 4 games. Whilst a poor start from Collingwood, Essendon, Albert Park & Elsternwick saw just 2 wins and 1 draw between the 4 combined followed by mixed results from Hume, Ashburton, Brunswick, Prahran saw the ladder begin to take shape as the top 4 all stayed in touch with the top.

The middle of the season saw a gap open up with Pascoe Vale winning 7 of their next 8 games a 4-4 draw with the Vipers the only blemish on their season to date. While for the Vipers it was a not a bad run winning 6 of 8 the draw with Pascoe and a shock loss to Hume their slip ups going just past the half way point. As for Balwyn and Metropolitan too many slip ups costing them a realistic shot at the title with Metro only winning 3 of their 8 while Balwyn faired a little better winning 5 of their 8 but if they were to be a realistic chance of claiming the ultimate prize results had to be much better than what they were producing at this point in time. Reading down the table Ashburton powered by big frenchman Sofiane Soufi won 5 of their 8 games to keep them in the top 4 and an FOz Cup birth. Prahran joined the green machine in winning 5 games in the middle part of the season a consistant threat as always Maxi Avram and Clint Mogoai having fine seasons to power Prahran into 5th place. Rounding out the top 8 Brunswick and Essendon sat tied on 13 points only really defeating sides placed under them. The fight for relegation was well and truly hotting up with the 4 sides in contention constantly slipping up Collingwood won just 5 of their next 8 games, Albert Park faired a little better drawing 2 and winning 2 from their 8 to keep them clear of the direct relegation. As for a dismal Elsternwick they sat on just 6 points after 12 completed games and were the heavy favourites to be directly relegated from the V-League Premiership. Hume FC had a shocking run of form losing 5 straight games before defeating the Vic Vipers & Balwyn in 2 huge scalps and have their form looking up going into the second half of the season.

With just 10 games remaining every side in the league had something to play for and starting with league leaders Pascoe Vale they continued their winning run right up until they were soundly beaten by an understrength Vipers side 4-1 and a resurgent Balwyn outfit 3-1 which looked like it would take a huge toll on their push for the league title. it didn’t as they won their final 2 game to claim the league by a commanding 8 points. The Vipers had an up and down end to their season winning 6 drawing 2 and losing twice in their run home to finish second on 50 points. A breakout season from Balwyn saw them finish in 3rd place on 47 points as well as claiming a big win over champions Pascoe Vale, Balwyn faired the same as the Vipers recording 6 wins 2 draws and 2 losses in their final 10 games. Mid tablers Metropolitan, Hume and Ashburton only separated by 3 points all having different ends to the season with Hume winning 8 of their finals 10 games, Metropolitan winning 7 and Ashburton winning 5 and drawing one all on the back of a 50 goal season from Sofiane Soufi propelling them to a top 5 finish. Prahran had a poor end to the season winning just 3 and drawing 1 of their last 10 to finish in 6th place. Essendon pipped Brunswick to an FOz Cup placing by claiming 10 points from their final 10 games. Playoffs positions taken by Brunswick, Albert Park and Collingwood respectively with Collingwood winning their last 2 games to finish 11th by 6 points over lowly Elsternwick who were relegated straight back down to the state league only picking up 3 wins out of 22 games.

2011/12 Season

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Top Goal Scorer: Joao Da Silva (PVFC)
Best & Fairest: Ivan Zilic FCB
MVP: Adam Cooper (NM) VVFC
Manager of the season: Milton Sakkos (NM) VVFC
Keeper of the season: Christos Apostolakis (NM) VVFC
Young player of the season: Adam Cooper (NM) VVFC
Promoted: FC Collingwood (State League Champions), Albert
Park FC, Hume FC, Elsternwick FC
Relegated:

The eleventh season of the premiership looked to be the hottest yet with many teams threatening to challenge the front runners (North Melboure) Vic Vipers FC & Pascoe Vale FC. The early rounds showed a few surprises with Metropolitan starting shakily dropping 3 of their first 4 while Essendon in star contrast won 3 of their first 4. Pace setters North Melbourne Vic Vipers FC & Pascoe Vale went unbeaten throughout the first month. Newly promoted sides were looking a little shaky early on with Brimbank & Mickleham racking up just two wins between them during the first month. While State league champions Richmond were yet to record a win. While for teams looking to have a strong season it was a good start for the likes of Fitzroy, Balwyn & Prahran they managed 3 wins from their first four. That only left Brunswick and Ashburton lingering at the foot of the table with just one win between them.

After a disappointing start to the season Ashburton began to get their season back on track with big Frenchman Sofiane Soufi leading the charge the green machine gained 2 wins from 4 as they gained valuable points in the scheme of things. In other matters sides in complete turmoil with Brunswick, Metro, Balwyn, Essendon & Richmond all struggling for points as between the 5 sides they racked up just 5 wins from rounds 4-8. Pascoe Vale gained the edge in the title race beating North Melbourne (Vic Vipers) comprehensively while the Vipers won their games in the month of December to stay within 3 points of the top. Fitzroy, Prahran, Brimbank & Mickleham continued their sturdy form moving into the new year with the top 4 in their sight.

With the title hanging in the balance mid season it was only fitting that Pascoe Vale drop 4 points in the next 5 game weeks to slip into second as the Vipers kept up a perfect record to go top with only 8 rounds remaining. Despite their slow start to the season Metropolitan look to finally be hitting their straps taking 13 points from rounds 9-13 to be in with a shot of the top 4. Taking a look back at the foot end of the table newly promoted sides were showing no sign of pushing for the top 8 as Richmond & Mickleham were starving for points taking just 1 between them in 10 competitive games. Balwyn, Brimbank Brunswick & Essendon also sat mid table as they struggled to get a consistent run of form going and that proved to be issue in their quest for top 4 glory. Ashburton and Fitzroy were be to get their season back on track stringing together some good performances.

2011 Season

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Champions: North Melbourne FC
FOz Cup Winners: North Melbourne FC
Top Goal Scorer: Joao Da Silva (PVFC)
Best & Fairest: Jonathan Barrientos (NMFC)
MVP: Fernando De Moraes (NMFC)
Manager of the season: Milton Sakkos (NMFC)
Keeper of the season: Christos Apostolakis (NMFC)
Young player of the season: Adam Cooper (NMFC)
Promoted: Richmond (State League Champions), Mickleham, Brimbank
Relegated: Albert Park, Hume, FC Melbourne

Season ten was the hottest yet with all twelve teams gung ho and ready to give the title a real shake up. Prahran were the biggest movers and shakers in the offseason but yet again fell short in the early stages. North Melbourne & Pascoe Vale were the early pace setters. In a complete role reversal North had a fresh and fit squad that would see them through the 22 rounds whereas Pascoe Vale were hampered by injury, suspension and absence throughout. Metropolitan made a slow start to the campaign but came home strong with some narrow losses to fellow title contenders.

It was CF Brunswick that set a new level of professionalism training twice a week, appointing a coach and manager and just going about things very organized. Religiously wearing their club jackets and giving 100% every week added to the mid table madness with sides like Essendon & Ashburton having to lift their game to be competitive. Newly promoted sides found it tough in Albert Park & FC Melbourne who went straight back down the State League along with Hume who had spent a few seasons in the top flight.

The tenth season marked a few milestones, the NIKE sponsorship, the introduction of Club apparel, frothcasts, the greater professionalism of clubs, the first ever presentation night, the always improving Futsal Oz TV department, stronger partnerships with The Age & Goal Weekly and much more!

Season Ten will always be remembered by the team that went the whole season unbeaten and sent a new benchmark. The Invincible’s aided by Futsalroo Fernando De Moraes punished V-league teams with their ebb and flow. Not even Pascoe Vale could halt them losing 2-1 and drawing 3-3 in the final round. Both sides will be all guns blazing going into next season.

S10 will also be remembered for all club sides improving and lifting the overall standard of the league. Watch out for Prahran again next season as well as Brunswick, Metro and Fitzroy!

The cup sees 1st vs 2nd which should be an absolute cracker this Wednesday. It should give friends and fans alike a better indication as to who is the best club side in Victoria truly is at the moment with the 10/11 champions taking on the 2011 champions.

2010/11 Season

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Champions: Pascoe Vale FC
FOz Cup Winners: Pascoe Vale FC
Top Goal Scorer: Joao Da Silva (PVFC)
Best & Fairest: Andre Caro (PVFC)
MVP: Joao Da Silva
Manager of the season: Ari Simos (PVFC)
Keeper of the season: Brendan Chen (EFC)
Young player of the season: Richard Ferguson (PVFC)
Promoted: CF Brunswick, Collingwood,
Relegated: Brimbank, Collingwood, Mickleham

Season nine was shaping up to be the best edition of the V-League yet with typical top four contenders, Pascoe Vale, Metropolitan, North Melbourne & Ashburton all in tip top shape given it was the outdoor off-season. It was to be the last of the season under the LEGEA agreement as the V-league would move onto Nike as league sponsor the following season. Pascoe Vale (essentially the FFV Vic Open Mens team) ran riot winning 15 games in a row to open up a 9 point gap at the top of the table. Pascoe Vale’s blistering pace was too much more its fellow rivals. In fairness, Metropolitan & North Melbourne were both plagued with injuries and absentees and could never muster enough strength to challenge the Pascoe Vale machine. Ashburton were also flying high after 10 rounds but lost several star players and lost touch with Pascoe Vale.

Fitzroy had been under new management thrice since winning the title but never really mixed it with the top four. Hume however caused several upsets throughout, drawing with Pascoe Vale and beating North Melbourne twice, the previous State league champions mixing it with the top four. It was a season to forget for Essendon & Prahran however they both survived the drop with CF Brunswick, Mickleham FC, Brimbank all falling into relegation playoff spots with FC Collingwood receiving the immediate drop. Pascoe Vale would then go on to do the double.

2010 Season

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Champions: Fitzroy FC
FOz Cup Winners: Pascoe Vale FC
Top Goal Scorer: Alexander Stevanovic (FCE)
Best & Fairest: Adam Husseini (FFC)
Manager of the season: Alija Redzepovic (MFC)
MVP: Max Avram (PFC)
Keeper of the season: Dima Shakhanov (PFC)
Promoted: Hume, Mickleham & Brimbank
Relegated: Carlton & Albert Park

Fitzroy won their first five games of the 2010 edition much to the surprise of the other 11 V-League Clubs. It was a new look Fitzroy managed by Adam Husseini that had brought about a new sense of professionalism to the league, with Fitzroy the first club to train twice a week prior to their games. A large roster survived the battering and bruising of North Melbourne, Metropolitan & Pascoe Vale as all four teams stamped their dominance on the V-LEAGUE. Lowly placed Mickleham brought a Victorian Premier League flavour to the competition with some outdoor stars trying their luck indoor. They never really clicked, and neither did Carlton who had disbanded from last season and finished dead last. Hume & Prahran had another season in mid table madness and played two cracking games against each other.

Metropolitan had their best attempt on the premiership since Alija took over from Marco Barisic but they fell away at the last furlong. Dima deservedly won keeper of the year saving everything for FC Prahran. Brimbank had a season to forget facing relegation after being newly promoted at the hands of Melbourne University. Essendon and Hume played out some great games as well and inconsistent Ashburton were always a threat, but just not good enough in the end. Fitzroy deserved 2010 Champions. (Pictured: Joao Da Silva, Elias Tsintzas, Anthony Hammyer, Leigh Minopolous, Mark Burton, Adam Husseini, Players that also played a part: Mus Alor, Brenno Polatti, Spiro Kargas, Dusan Preradovic, Mohamed Nabir, Johnathan Voulgaris, Anthony Ramzy ,Hamid Hassanikhoo & Luke Cardamone).

2009/10 Season

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Champions: Pascoe Vale FC
FOz Cup Winners: Pascoe Vale FC
Top Goal Scorer: Alexander Stevanovic (FCE)
Best & Fairest: Tomislav Grigic (PVFC)
MVP: Fernando De Moraes (NMFC)
Goalkeeper of the Season: Dianoosh Rasoulzadeh (FCC)
Manager of the Season: Milton Sakkos (NMFC)
Promoted: Doncaster FC & FC Geelong
Relegated: Melbourne Uni FC, Doncaster FC & FC Geelong

09/10 will be remembered as the season that was with some unforgettable matches & performances from all 12 V-League sides. Memorable games include Fitzroy’s 5-3 win over Ashburton after both sides had won the first 4 rounds. FC Prahran beating North Melbourne FC & Carlton’s ability to come back in the dying stages of several encounters had fans frothing at the mouth. It was also the season to welcome FC Geelong who had battled the inaugural qualifiers to earn their spot in the prestigious competition.

If ever an individual had dominated, they would be talked about for years, and North Melbourne welcomed back Futsalroo Fernando De Moraes with open arms. He kicked over 50 goals with just over 10 appearances; he was instrumental in several crucial victories including a narrow 6-4 win against Pascoe Vale early in the season. He was just scintillating and a joy to watch.

Doncaster & Melbourne University were the only disappointments this season barely challenging sides. They played off in a thrilling last game of the season for immediate relegation; Doncaster lost 2-1 and was the first side to be banished to the State League. The play offs were going to be very interesting as this time the newcomers had played 18 hard fought rounds of State League championship.

Metropolitan was taken over by Alia Redzepovic and they posed a new challenge to the other 11 V-League sides in the new year. The Victorian state representative sides had a large influence on the V-League, when teams returned from nationals’ sides looked tired and jaded and some players went M.I.A. It was the Pascoe Vale regulars that stuck it through in Ernie Simsek & Tomislav Grigic. It was their class & consistency that helped Pascoe Vale win their first V-League title. (Pascoe Vale FC – Current Champions Marco Kuna, Cam Simsek, Greg Lascaris, Juan Sastre, Ernie Simsek, Tomo Grigic, Simon Lamanda, Adrian Fruscalzo, Marcus Barbosa Jnr, Victor Mesquita).

2009 Season

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Champions: FC Essendon
FOz Cup Winners: FC Prahran
Top Goal Scorer: Alexander Stevanovic 69 goals (FCE)
Best & Fairest: Samim Rahim (MFC)
Goalkeeper of the Season: Florian Deffner (APFC)
Manager of the Season: Alexander Stevanovic (FCE)
Promoted: Ashburton FC, Albert Park FC, Mcleod FC, FC Carlton
Relegated: FC Melbourne & Mcleod FC

In a season shaping up to be the best yet, the LEGEA V-League expanded from 8 teams to 12 welcoming McLeod FC, Ashburton FC, FC Carlton was back & Albert Park FC. LEGEA jumped onto the V-League Express and kitted out each team in unique stunning kits that sides just frothed to wear.

Fitzroy FC, North Melbourne FC & Ashburton FC were early favourites. They all got off to promising starts but it was consistent FC Essendon that topped the pile come seasons end.

One of the matches of the season saw old rivals Fitzroy FC & North Melbourne FC play out a thrilling 4-4 draw. Fitzroy had another good start to this V-League campaign but fell away after too many personnel changes. James Blackburn FFC was back to his best but it wasn’t enough for the newly golden outfit. Ashburton FC was the most inconsistent of the sides but did well to finish 4th.The goalkeeper of the year Florian Deffner will live long in V-League history; the German frother had some amazing games and established himself as one of the Leagues best keepers. He would go on to play for Fitzroy FC in the season after, before an emotional farewell and return to Germany.

FC Carlton matched there impressive entrance with a well deserved second place finish 4 points off top. Marco Barisic’s Metropolitan played some sumptuous Futsal and really highlighted how far the v-league had come tactically and technically finishing in third. Albert Park escaped relegation play offs by goal difference, an amazing feat that condemned FC Melbourne to the first edition of the Sunday State League championship. Pascoe Vale was also relegated to a play off while Mcleod & Melbourne University joined them. (FC Essendon – A new era of champions Azmer Fazlic (LEGEA) Batko Kalaba GK, Igor Stevanovic, Dushan Bosniac, Alexander Stevanovic (c).: Dejan Tosic, Vlajko Bosniac, Zarko Zdrinic, Lubomir Erakovic. Ivan Stevanovic, Vlado Zoric.: Alexander stevanovic)

2008/09 Season

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Champions: North Melbourne FC
Top Goal Scorer: Alexander Stevanovic 62 goals (FCE)
Best & Fairest: Tensel Baser (NMFC)
Goalkeeper of the Season: Nectar Karalis (NMFC)
Manager of the Season: Nectar Karalis (NMFC)
Team Name Change: Metro Central FC became Metropolitan FC
Promoted: FC Prahran

Season five had a lot to live up to after the previous four seasons but it didn’t disappoint. Neither did North Melbourne FC finishing 8 points clear at the top of the table on a whopping 37 points. They were by far the best team the i-mos V-League had seen yet.

Fitzroy FC had another stellar season finishing in second on 29 points, equal with FC Essendon who began to pose team’s real problems with top goal scorer Alexander Stevanovic the mastermind. FC Melbourne dropped off after last seasons second place finish, they finished 4th followed by Pascoe Vale, Metropolitan, FC Brunswick at the wrong end of the ladder again and FC Prahran the new kids on the block.

It was evident the V-League was ready for expansion. North Melbourne had set the benchmark like the champions before it (Sultans, FC Brunswick & Fitzroy). North blew away teams with ease including an 11-5 victory over Essendon, 9-2 win over FC Melbourne and an amazing 5-1 victory over rivals Fitzroy FC. Tensel Baser was the quiet achiever throughout, solid at the back and scoring quite a few goals as well. Nectar Karalis was one of the goal keepers of the season and deserved the i-mos V-League trophy, the first awarded at the new home of Futsal Oz.

A remarkable achievement, the first V-League double and a new standard for the next season. (North Melbourne FC – Take Two, George Vithoukas, Savva Pattikis, Nectar Karalis (Player Manager), John Detsikas,: Tensal Baser, Luciano Bessa. Andy Vlahos.)

2008 Season 4

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Champions: North Melbourne FC
Top Goal Scorer: Haider Noor 50 goals (MCFC)
Best & Fairest: Andy Vlahos (NMFC)
Goalkeeper of the Season: Nectar Karalis (NMFC)
Promoted: North Melbourne FC
Relegated: Moreland FC

As each season went on the standard of the i-mos V-League grew, and after Fitzroy’s exploits sides went after big name signings, grabbing friends and foes attempting to emulate Fitzroy FC’s success from the previous season. Fitzroy FC had another stellar season finishing in third with 24 points; consistent performances saw FC Melbourne finish in second with 25 points.
New title contenders North Melbourne FC had a new look side with superstar outdoor footballers Andy Vlahos & Tensal Baser joining the guard. There was no doubt of their exceptional outdoor ability, but how would they adjust in the tight space and ferocity of the V-League. This season was to be monumental as the i-mos V-League expanded so did Futsal Oz moving to its current location 407 Victoria street Brunswick and its world class playing surface.

Nectar Karalis did a terrific job with his troops (NMFC). They rapped up the title with 2 games to go. They were establishing themselves as a side that would crave success over the next few seasons. A side that had been deprived as previous namesake Metro-Central rarely finished in the top 4 in the seasons beforehand. (North Melbourne FC – Take One Andy Vlahos, John Detsikas, Nectar Karalis (c) FR: Peter Foutras, Tensal Baser, Luciano Bessa, Steve Vlahos, Alex Efstathiou (Manager))

2008 Season 3

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Champions: Fitzroy FC
Top Goal Scorer: John Verikakis 42 goals (CFB)
Best & Fairest: James Blackburn (FFC), Dimitri Vithoulkas (CFB) & John Verikakis (CFB)
Promoted: Fitzroy FC
Relegated/folded: Sultans FC & Brunswick UTD FC

Season three got underway with Metro Central FC beating CF Brunswick by a goal in the cards opening match. It was evident that their was a change in the guard with FC Melbourne & Fitzroy FC fighting for the title this season. Fitzroy FC was an experimental squad, with a combination of superstars that had barely known each other and it had the doubters speculating!

However it was this Fitzroy side that had a season to remember with some fine individual performances from Mercurial James Blackburn who established himself as a V-League superman scoring bags of goals week in week out. He had memorable matches against Pascoe Vale FC (5 goals), Metro-Central FC (3 goals) & Moreland FC (7 goals). Moreland FC had a torrid season and only won 2 games and lost 12. Pascoe Vale FC snuck into the top 4 on goal difference, but they lost to Fitzroy FC on penalties after a thrilling 10 all draw in the semi final, Fitzroy FC then steamrolled CF Brunswick 10-1 in the grand final that will be talked about for years to come. (Fitzroy FC – The super team James Blackburn, Peter Exahouleas, Ricardo Araujo, Steve Sasic (c) David Zahra, Paul Montagna. (Peter Parthimos & Rodrigo Evangelisti)

2007/2008 Season 2

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Champions: CF Brunswick
Top Goal Scorer: Salim Jenaby SFC 35 goals
Best & Fairest: Dimitri Vithoulkas CFB
Goalkeeper of the season: Nick Tsiamis CFB
Manager of the season: Nick Kyriopoulos CFB
Promoted: Melbourne University FC, Doncaster FC & Pascoe Vale FC
Relegated: Doncaster FC

The second edition of the V-League premiership got off to a bang with a thrilling round one clash between last seasons title rivals the Sultans FC & CF Brunswick. Salim & Radwan (SFC) hat-tricks were only out done by three goals to Verikakis (CFB) and four goals to young superstar Dimitri Vithoulkas (CFB). CF Brunswick won 4 in a row and only lost to a wily Nectar Karalis and his Metro-Central team.

Sultans FC went about their business quietly but confidently and had another terrific season. They finished top of the pile with 12 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss (39 points). CF Brunswick weren’t too far behind with 12 wins & 4 losses (36 points) and surprise packet FC Carlton 3rd with 31 points. Doncaster FC came in and left unnoticed.

The final four went into finals playoffs with Pascoe Vale FC & CF Brunswick meeting in the Grand final. CF Brunswick won 7-6 in a nail biting thriller. Verikakis, Vithoulkas & Kyripolous were all strong for CF Brunswick, and were too good for the Manny Karas led Pascoe Vale. (Pictured on the right: Peter Kyriopolous, Nick Tsamis, Peter Christofileas, John Tsamis, Nick Kyriopolous (C), John Verikakis, Dimitri Vithoulkas, George Vithoulkas)

2007 Season 1

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Champions: Sultans FC
Top Goal Scorer: Peter Parthimos 42 goals (FCM)
Best & Fairest: Ahmed Azzam (SFC)
Manager of the season: Salim Jenabey (SFC)
Relegated: Brunswick FC

The first season of the Futsal Oz V-League Premiership was fought out between eight gunning sides, FC Melbourne, Sultans FC, CF Brunswick, Brunswick FC, Metro-Central FC, Brunswick United, FC Carlton and Moreland FC. Sultans FC & Brunswick FC was the early front runners with Moreland FC tied to the bottom of the ladder.

CF Brunswick made a climb towards the top of the table midway through the season with a 7-4 win over FC Carlton & 10-5 wins over Moreland FC. Sultans FC only lost three games all season to Brunswick United 7-6, runners up CF Brunswick 6-3 & 3rd placed Metro-Central FC 4-2. Sultans FC finished on 33 points, 3 points clear of new-found rivals CF Brunswick & 4 points clear of Metro-Central FC in what was a gripping finish to the 2007, i-mos V-League Premiership. (Pictured on the right: Airz Kandenir, Karim Buday, Radwan Abdella, Salim Jenaby (C), Omar Baroudi, Ahmed Azzam)

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