Today, The FA has announced which clubs have been selected in next season’s restructured League after a marathon of interviews, meetings and application forms over the past six months.
Next season will see Division 1 change from three regional leagues into two: North and South.
This Division will be renamed the FA National Futsal Super League and will consist of eight clubs in both leagues.
At the end of the season the top four clubs from both leagues will progress into the Grand Final Play-Offs which will consist of quarter-finals, semi-finals and the Grand Final itself to determine the National Champion and the club that will progress into Europe.
Underneath the Super League, Division 2 will remain unchanged in terms of its structure. There will still be three regional leagues (North, Midlands and South), although promotion to the Super League will look very different.
The top two clubs from each of the three leagues will progress into North and South promotional play-offs where they will be joined by the bottom team from each Super League. Four clubs will battle it out for the one promotional spot in each Super League.
Watch video highlights of last year's FA Futsal National League Grand Finals at St. George's Park
These exciting changes to the National Futsal League will also be supported by the introduction of an FA National Futsal League Club licensing system.
In an attempt to continue to push the standards and quality of the League, The FA have established a set of minimum requirements for both the Super League and Division 2 that clubs will have two seasons to achieve.
The club licensing system looks at improving all aspects of running a National Futsal League club from the first team, club academy, coaching, commercial development, marketing and promotion, amongst a range of other areas. The FA will support clubs in achieving the licence, but any club that fails to make the grade by 2017 will suffer automatic relegation.
The big surprise in The FA’s decision for next season’s Super League is London Baltic and University of York not being selected, with Enfield and Derby also disappointed not to make the cut.
Division 2 sees five new clubs being selected to join the League: Salisbury, Solihull, Liverpool, Cambridge United and Saints Foundation Futsal Club (connected to Southampton Football Club).
The structure of next season’s FA National Futsal League:-
Super League South: London Baku United Futsal Club, Bristol City FC Futsal Club, Genesis Futsal Club, Helvecia Futsal Club, London United Futsal Club, Oxford City Lions Futsal Club, Reading Futsal Club, West London Futsal Club
Super League North: Carlisle Futsal Club, Birmingham United Futsal Club, Birmingham Tigers Futsal Club, Loughborough Futsal Club, Manchester Futsal Club, Middlesbrough Futsal Club, Sheffield Futsal Club, University of Nottingham Futsal Club
Division 2 South: Barking Futsal Club, Kickers Futsal Club, London Zappsport Futsal Club, Sussex Futsal Club, London Kaunas Futsal Club, Braintree Futsal Club, Salisbury Futsal Club, Saints Foundation Futsal Club, Enfield Futsal Club, London Baltic Futsal Club
Division 2 Midlands: Coventry Futsal Club, Bath Futsal Club, Gloucester City Futsal Club, Solihull Futsal Club, Kettering Futsal Club, Oxford Futsal Club, University of Gloucestershire Futsal Club, Cambridge United Futsal Club
Division 2 North: Loughborough United Futsal Club, Hull Futsal Club, Stockport Futsal Club, Liverpool Futsal Club, University of York Futsal Club, FS Derby Futsal Club