Thailand beats Australia in ASEAN Futsal final

Thailand has won the ASEAN Futsal Championships title for the fifth straight time. In an almost repeat of the last FIFA Futsal World Championship in 2004, Thailand beat Asian Football Confederation newcomer Australia 7-1 before a capacity crowd of 6,000 at the Hua Mak Indoor Stadium in Bangkok. “I don’t think that it will be a problem playing against Australia who have physically bigger players. We will just have to move a lot more,” Thailand's coach Pattaya Peimkum said earlier. “The win is very positive for our preparation for the AFC Futsal Championship,” he said after the final. The next edition of the annual AFC Futsal Championship will be held in May followed by the FIFA Futsal World Championship in 2008.