Hertfordshire Futsal is booming, with the county celebrating its first team in the National Futsal League while expanding its thriving local leagues.
Under-16, adult and college divisions have recently been established as the number of people playing the five-a-side, indoor brand of football swelling from 80 to over 200 since 2011. Now new teams are wanted to compete.
Adam Jones, Hertfordshire FA’s Leagues Officer, said: “We’re providing Futsal in a safe environment that allows players to enjoy the game and get a good social experience.
“It’s proved really popular and there’s been a lot of interest. For example, the Facebook page for our Royston league interacts with over 400 people.”
Kenny Blair, from Royston FA Futsal Fives champions SG8, said: “A lot of the boys have said Futsal has really helped their 11-a-side game, and I know a few of them would like to take it on and play the game at a higher level.”
This route has been taken by BIH, champions of the Sportspace Longdean adult FA Futsal Fives League. They are the first Hertfordshire team to be accepted into the National Futsal League, after developing their game in the Hertfordshire FA Futsal Fives. They will join the league for the upcoming season under the name LB Herts Futsal Club.
Jones said: “It’s a great achievement and shows how teams can progress from the FA Futsal Fives. This is a chance for players from Hertfordshire to play Futsal at the highest level.
“Hopefully we will be able to work with SG8, who have a squad of talented players and have developed a reserve side for the second season.”
Individual players or teams wishing to get involved in Futsal should contact Adam Jones on 01462 650210, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can log on to www.hertfordshirefa.com, or visit the FA Futsal Fives Hertfordshire Facebook page.
Hertfordshire FA expands its FA Futsal Fives programme