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World Cup fever helps Futsal Fives youth growth

Tuesday 15 Jul 2014
Futsal is growing in popularity at youth level in England
With the World Cup over and with many references and examples from throughout the tournament about the virtues of Futsal, why don’t you join the growing pace of the popularity of the game in England?

The FA, through its Futsal Fives leagues, is allowing more adults and youth players the opportunity to step on the court with their mates and get a piece of the action all over the country.

And along with the re-introduction of The FA Futsal Cup last season, the World Cup in Brazil has added an increasing awareness and exposure of Futsal, and some real growth in The FA Futsal Fives programme.

Action between Streetly and Guildford Saints at The FA Youth Futsal Festival.

Futsal is becoming more and more popular with youngsters in England


The adult programme now has 40 male leagues and three female leagues, all spread across the country, delivering to in excess of 450 teams per week.

From April and well into the summer, this has expanded to youth boys and girls with a series of pilot schemes being delivered for U14s and U16s. 

Within The FA Futsal Fives Youth leagues, the programme is split into two age categories for U14s and U16s and players can play across two age-bandings. 

The youth model is different to that of the adult format, with six teams recruited for both the age categories and each age group plays across three hours each week on an ongoing basis.  

A point system is used each week to decide who your team will play the following week.

Once the pilot schemes have completed, The FA will be looking at rolling this programme out nationally to licensed deliverers.

Speaking about the competition, Stephen Brown, Small Sided Football Consultant, said: “The popularity of The FA Futsal Fives demonstrates that there is a growing buzz and excitement around playing Futsal in our high quality leagues. 

"We are developing a programme across the country that will really capture the imagination of those players who love small sided formats of the game."

So if you want to toe-poke like Oscar, dribble like Messi or shoot like David Luiz then click here or find your local league by clicking here.

By FA Staff