The FA’s new Futsal strategy (2018 – 2024) aims to make this fast, exciting format of the sport become England’s indoor game of choice for young players and drive participation.
The new strategy (available to download at the end of this article) was launched at St George’s Park on Monday 24 September prior to England Futsal’s clash with Croatia. The new document, which is titled ‘Fast Forward with Futsal’, outlines The FA’s plan to develop futsal by setting four ambitious targets to achieve by 2024 within four key strands:
1. Participation – 150,000 futsal players playing regularly across both genders and all ages
2. Workforce – 15,000 FA-qualified Futsal coaches at FA Level 2 and UEFA B
3. Facilities – A defined network of Futsal facilities, covering every County FA
4. International – An England men’s futsal team in the top 20 of the FIFA world rankings & establish an England women’s futsal team
Michael Skubala, The FA’s England Futsal Head Coach and Elite Performance Manager, has proudly declared that “this is a landmark moment for the game. In the future I hope people will look back at 2018 as the year Futsal in England really kicked-off – and kicked-on.”
Skubala went on to explain further detail about the importance of this new strategy. He said “It’s important that we get Futsal embedded across the game for men, women and juniors at grassroots and elite level. Our main priority is to create an identity for Futsal, so people really understand what it is and what it isn’t, and what part it plays in participation, development and elite opportunities.”
Stuart Smith, Football Development Officer at Northamptonshire FA, is pleased to support this strategy for Northamptonshire and the benefits the game brings for participation. He said: “For players themselves, it’s no surprise Futsal is becoming increasingly popular. Lots of touches of the ball, constant involvement in the game and a chance to develop and/or show-off skills - what’s not to like?”
Northamptonshire FA are keen to hear from clubs, schools, coaches, players, referees and other interested parties on how this new strategy can help progress Futsal locally. A discussion workshop will be held during October 2018 and further details will be announced in due course. Email email@example.com to register your interest.
DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE FUTSAL STRATEGY
In the meantime, The FA has produced a range of resources for Futsal:
Futsal – Getting Started
Futsal - Facility Guidance
The Benefits of Futsal