New FA Futsal Funding Scheme Announced
The FA to invest £300,000 into the development of Futsal in England with grants of £1,500 available towards the creation of new Futsal leagues.
A new funding scheme, which is being delivered by the Football Foundation, will see £300,000 made available to:
- County Football Associations,
- FA-affiliated clubs,
- Youth and Adult Football Leagues looking to create either one or two new Futsal leagues within their local areas.
Applicants will be eligible for grants of £1,500 per league and able to use the money towards associated costs such as facility hire; equipment; referees and FA-affiliated courses.
Futsal is a variant of association football, normally played on a hard indoor pitch with hockey-sized goals and a harder ball with reduced bounce. Considered a version of 5-a-side, the exciting, fast-paced game is played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA with progression to national teams in European Championships and World Cups.
A number of football’s biggest names credit Futsal as playing a significant role in their professional football development, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi Hernandez and Ronaldinho having all played the sport in their younger years.
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