Local FIFA Referee Instructor, Neil Poloso reported from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that the atmosphere there is one of carnival as people await the FIFA Futsal World Cup to kick off.

Poloso, who went to Brazil following an invitation from FIFA, is among other FIFA Instructors who gathered to assist their fellow referees to prepare for the tournament.

"The environment here in Rio has been that of the World Cup mood and everybody cannot wait for the start of the Futsal World Cup.

"The Brazilian hospitality has been superb, the hotel is excellent and I am looking forward for an enjoyable but busy World Cup schedule," he told SIFF Media in an email message at the weekend.

Press Release (SIFF Media)