Wales’ Deaf Futsal Team are gearing up for the EDSO (European Deaf Sports Organisation) Deaf Futsal European Qualifiers.
They face Sweden, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey from the 19-20 January at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed Campus.
One of the star players is Harry Allen, Joe Allen’s brother but he faces a race against time to be fit for the tournament.
Captain Sam Evans is also a familiar face to many. From Llanelli, he won Big Brother in 2013 and was born with 70-80% hearing loss.
Wales Deaf Futsal Team Manager Ashley Thomas said: “The biggest challenge is communication on the pitch – even substitution can be difficult.
“I have to wait for a break in play or if I have to sign to another player to send a message.
“It’s a young team and technically they are very good. Sweden are similarly matched to us so that will be a difficult game.
“And then Turkey are a huge force to be reckoned with. It’s going to be tough, but we are feeling confident.
“We want to attract a good crowd to support this team. There’s a lot of energy and I think people would be surprised at the high standard as well. Hopefully deaf children in Wales will have new role models.”