Nolan Sammurtok tries to keep the ball under control during action against Callies FC. Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer
ᓅᓕᓐ ᓴᒻᒧᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᑎᑦᑎᐊᕋᓱᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᑯᓄᖓ Callies FC −ᑯᓐᓂ .

Nolan Sammurtok tries to keep the ball under control during action against Callies FC. Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer ᓅᓕᓐ ᓴᒻᒧᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᑎᑦᑎᐊᕋᓱᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᑯᓄᖓ Callies FC −ᑯᓐᓂ .

The Futsal Canadian Championships returned following a two-year absence due to Covid-19 and Team Nunavut was only too happy to get back in on the action.

Team Nunavut lines up for the national anthem before their opening game at the Futsal Canadian Championship in Gatineau, Que., on April 14. They are, from left, Samim Massoom of Iqaluit, Nolan Sammurtok of Rankin Inlet, Ian MacDonald of Iqaluit, Allen Curley, Chad Graham of Rankin Inlet and Jeff Nivatsiak of Rankin Inlet. Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᓇᖏᖅᓯᕗᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐃᙱᐅᓯᖓᓄᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᒪᑐᐃᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᕗᑦᓵᓪ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒑᑎᓅ, ᑯᐸᐃᖕᒥ ᐊᐃᑉᕆᓕ 14 –ᒥ . ᐅᑯᐊᖑᕗᑦ ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᓴᒥᒻ ᒪᓲᒻ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ, ᓅᓕᓐ ᓴᒻᒧᖅᑐᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ, ᐄᐊᓐ ᒪᒃᑖᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ, ᐋᓕᓐ ᑰᓕ, ᓵᑦ ᒍᕋᐃᔭᒻ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᔨᐊᕝ ᓂᕕᐊᑦᓯᐊᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ .

This year’s side was made of seven players from Rankin Inlet and five players from Iqaluit. They took on the best futsal teams in the country — six in total from Yukon, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta along with Nunavut — and weren’t able to win any of their group games or their lone playoff game.

Hayder Ali dribbles the ball up-court during action against Callies FC. Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer ᕼᐊᐃᑐᕐ ᐊᓕ ᐊᖅᓴᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᑉᐸᐅᖓ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᑯᓄᖓ Callies FC –ᑯᓐᓂ .

Futsal is the FIFA-endorsed version of indoor soccer and is played four-a-side with a goalkeeper, no walls and on a court as opposed to a field. The ball is smaller than a regular soccer ball and will bounce no more than four times from eye-level if it’s inflated properly.

Here’s some of the action from Gatineau.

Yacouba Abdoulaye of Iqaluit smiles at the play behind him. Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer ᔭᑰᐸ ᐊᑉᑐᓚᐃ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ ᖁᖓᑉᐳᖅ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑐᓄᖓᓐᓂ .

– text by James McCarthy

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