The FA National Futsal League begins to hot up

Thursday 19 Feb 2015
Baku United celebrate their victory in 2014
After a long and competitive FA National Futsal League season, England’s premier Futsal competition is reaching its exciting conclusion for the 2014-15 season.

Over recent weeks, Manchester Futsal Club, Baku United and Birmingham Futsal Club have all clinched the titles in their respective Division 1 leagues in convincing fashion to confirm their places in The FA National Futsal Super League which will kick-off at the start of March.

In the South, current Baku, never looked in doubt of racing to yet another Southern League title. The London club strolled through their league season to finish unbeaten with a mighty goal difference of +128.  

Futsal Grand Finals

The action in The FA National Futsal League is getting more exciting

But Baku will be aware that the Super League is likely to provide them with a tougher challenge over the next few months, even though the English champions who performed so outstandingly in this season’s UEFA Futsal Cup still remain the favourites to retain their crown.

At the end of last season, Baku narrowly edged out Manchester Futsal Club in both the National Futsal League Grand Finals and The FA Futsal Cup, but their arch rivals yet again dominated the North division to confirm their spot in the Super League.  

The Northern giants, eager to bounce back this season after the disappointment of losing in both finals last year, have gone the whole season unbeaten and look in fine form.  

However, Manchester know that they will need to reach top-gear if they are to stand a chance of winning the title, and the club in their quest for perfection recently parted company with their North League title-winning Head Coach, Frank Chiarella.  Only the best will do for Manchester Futsal Club.

The Midlands League has seen some of the most competitive action with some closely fought games.  However, Birmingham Futsal Club marched convincingly to claim the title.  

Manchester Futsal Club

Manchester Futsal Club have enjoyed a strong season in the Northern League

After a change of Head Coach at the start of the season, along with several new signings, Birmingham have looked revitalised and it never looked in much doubt that the title would end up in their hands.  Their performances this season indicate that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the Super League and potentially at the Grand Finals.

The Super League places have nearly all been confirmed, with Reading vying with Bristol City for the last spot.  The reconfigured Super League kicks off on 8 March with two Super League groups of six teams.  In previous seasons, the Super League consisted of four groups of three teams; the new format will certainly challenge the clubs to ensure that only the best four clubs in the country reach the Grand Finals on 6 June at St Georges Park.

In Second Division of the FA National Futsal League, the action has also been exciting this season.  South Division 2 will boil down to one thrilling head-to-head match between Enfield and Kaunas to determine who wins the league.  

Derby have impressively bounced back to clinch the North Division 2 league after the disappointment of being relegated last year.  

And Loughborough Utd looks likely of capping a notable first season in the FA National Futsal League by winning Midlands Division 2, although Oxford Futsal Club still have an outside shot of claiming the title for themselves.

Watch our highlights of the Grand Finals of 2013


By FA Staff