England Futsal Captain and Head
Coach support new bespoke funding scheme from The FA
- The FA to invest £300,000 into the development of Futsal in England
- Grants of £1,500 available towards the creation of new Futsal leagues
The leaders of England’s Futsal team are hoping new investment from The Football
Association [The FA] will help to oversee a boom in the sport across the
A new funding scheme, which is
being delivered by the Football Foundation, will see £300,000 made available to
County Football Associations, FA-affiliated clubs, youth and adult football
leagues looking to create either one or two new Futsal leagues within their
Applicants will be eligible
for grants of £1,500 per league and able to use the money towards associated
costs such as facility hire; equipment; referees and FA-affiliated courses.
Michael Skubala, Head Coach of the England Futsal team, said: “The FA recognises Futsal’s increasing importance
and popularity, so this scheme is a fantastic way to help continue its growth
up and down the country.
“We’re extremely excited at
the prospect of even more players and coaches in England being given the ways
and means to take up and benefit from the sport.”
Raoni Medina, Captain of the England Futsal team, said: “In the past, there simply weren’t that many
opportunities to play Futsal competitively in England or to realise the positive
effects the sport can have on your playing technique.
“It’s great to see The FA
acknowledge Futsal’s value and growing interest by giving people of different
ages and abilities more chances to play in leagues across the country.”
Futsal is a variant of
association football, normally played on a hard indoor pitch with hockey-sized
goals and a harder ball with reduced bounce. Considered a version of 5-a-side,
the exciting, fast-paced game is played across the world and is officially
recognised by both UEFA and FIFA with progression to national teams in European
Championships and World Cups.
A number of football’s
biggest names credit Futsal as playing a significant role in their professional
football development, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi Hernandez and
Ronaldinho having all played the sport in their younger years.
To apply for a Futsal grant, please
visit the Football Foundation website.