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For Futsal Fund

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The Football Association and Football Foundation have launched a £300,000 fund aimed at developing the sport of Futsal in England. 

County FAs, youth football leagues, youth Futsal leagues, schools (excluding primary level), senior colleges and sixth forms are being encouraged to apply for a ‘Futsal starter pack’, which includes Futsal-specific equipment including goals, balls and bibs, as well as FA accredited coaching and refereeing courses. 

The starter packs are designed to adapt existing sports halls, playgrounds and other hard surface facilities by providing new and existing players with the necessary tools and skills to develop and maintain Futsal leagues, competitions and fixtures across the country. Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 6 October

We want the fund to support futsal’s diversity and to be inclusive of players from different genders, ethnic backgrounds, faiths, ages, sexual orientations and with disabilities.

What is Futsal?

Recognised as an important and growing game, it is hoped that the provision of equipment and courses will lead to the development of more Futsal players, leagues, competitions and facilities across the country.

Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce. The exciting, fast-paced game is played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.  

Step 1 - Eligibility

Who is eligible?

The scheme is open to:

  • County FAs
  • Youth football leagues
  • Youth Futsal leagues
  • Schools (excluding primary level)
  • Colleges and sixth forms

 

We will prioritise applications in the following categories:  

  • Female Futsal (12-18-years)
  • Youth Futsal (14-years and over)
  • Youth football leagues (Under-14-Under-18)
  • Association of Colleges (AoC) members with facilities offering community usage
  • English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) and Independent School’s FA (ISFA) member schools with facilities offering community usage

Who is not eligible?

  • Individuals 
  • Football or Futsal Clubs wishing to set up new teams
  • Small Sided Providers
  • Local authority 
  • Profit making organisations 
  • Universities 
  • Groups wishing to apply for charitable status 
  • Walking Football Clubs  
  • Organisations seeking retrospective funding for costs that have already been made or are due before an offer of a grant has been awarded

Step 2 - Futsal starter pack

What equipment is included in the ‘futsal starter pack’?

Equipment
x2 Futsal Goals. Aluminum Freestanding Futsal 80mm folding goal frames 3m x2m 1m runback
x10 futsal balls. Option to select ball size ((1) x10 size 4 / (2) x10 size 3 / (3) x5 size 4 / x5 size 3)
x24 Bibs
x20 Spot Markers
x1 Ball Carrier
Futsal Equipment

What coaching, referee and other Continuing Professional Development qualifications are included in the ‘futsal starter pack’?


Up to £400 of funding can be claimed back through your CFA when you apply for the following:

Qualifications
FA Level 1 in Coaching Futsal 
FA Level 2 in Coaching Futsal
FA Futsal Referees Course 

Futsal CPD –Endorsed through FA National Futsal League Club support/EFL Trust Club support

Read the terms and conditions for the Futsal scheme

Step 3 - Complete the application form

To apply, please complete the Futsal application form. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 6 October.

Applicants will be notified if they have been successful, or not, by Monday 16 October 

Successful applicants will receive an e-mail detailing how to redeem their starter pack with a unique code through an online portal. The delivery of the equipment package will begin at the start of November and arrive depending when your order was placed. 

Successful applicants will receive a downloadable claim form to book on the eligible courses.  Please fill out the form and contact your CFA to book your course(s).  The CFA will be able to claim course funding via the Foundation.

Complete the Futsal Application form