Yorkshire Times
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3:43 PM 12th October 2019

New Funding From The FA To Give Players In Yorkshire Their First Taste Of Futsal

Futsal at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, 2007. Photo from Wikipedia
Futsal at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, 2007. Photo from Wikipedia
Youngsters in Yorkshire will soon be given the chance to try out Futsal for the first time thanks to funding from The Football Association (The FA).

In June, The FA made £300,000 available to County Football Associations, FA-affiliated clubs, youth and adult football leagues who wished to develop either one or two new Futsal leagues, as they ramped up efforts to encourage more people to play the sport in England.

The scheme, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, awarded grants of £1,500 to applicants per league created, with money being used towards associated costs of facility hire, equipment, referees and FA-affiliated courses.

Futsal is the UEFA and FIFA recognised format of five- a- side football but it differs from the version that we know in this country. It is played on a firm indoor pitch, with Hockey sized goals. It is played to lines rather than walls or boards and the ball differs in being slightly smaller and with a reduced bounce.

Taken together these differences lead to a game that is fast, skilful and tactical. For these reason Futsal is being adopted as a game in its own right as well as useful development experience for young footballers.

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.

York Futsal (C.I.C), a National Futsal League club, has been awarded a grant and has set up the York Futsal League at the York Sport Arena, YO10 5NA.

Junior Roberti Head Coach of York Futsal, said ‘We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with the Football Foundation to provide a new junior futsal league for children in Yorkshire. The league is open to all FA affiliated clubs for children aged 11 to 16, and will run on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm at the York Sport Arena. The grant will make a huge difference, and will allow us to provide the full futsal experience to more children than ever before.’

For more information, please contact York Futsal via or submit an an enquiry for via their York Futsal League website page