Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing… also for dribbling, balance, concentration… Futsal was very, very important, no doubt.” (Pele, World Cup Winner: 1958, 1962 & 1970)
The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game. Click here for more details.
Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development, as Brazilian stars Neymar and Hulk explain here
The Hampshire FA Futsal Centre opened it's doors on 1st December 2014, attracting 15 participants to it's first Recreational Hub in Southampton. The launch session attracted a range of players, males and females, with varying levels of futsal knowledge and experience. One thing they all had in common though was a desire to learn more and develop their skills through this increasingly popular and highly energetic format of 5-a-side football.
The Hampshire FA Futsal Centre has been established to promote awareness and development of the sport for adult participants across the county. The centre was developed through a joint partnership between Hampshire FA and Southampton Solent University aiming to drive up the quantity and quality of futsal provision for adults within the county.
The Hampshire FA Futsal Centre incorporates a number of Recreational Futsal Hub sessions at various locations across the county.
The sessions are a great opportunity for players to come along and have a go in an informal but supportive environment, and to simply enjoy learning and playing the sport. The great thing about the recreational hubs is that there’s no commitment necessary, you can simply come down on your own or with a group of mates, and just see what it’s all about.
For those who are ready for more formal competition countywide leagues and tournaments will be held, providing an opportunity for participants to play fixtures against attendees at other Recreational Futsal Hubs.
The Hampshire Futsal Working Group was established in October 2014 as a means for providers of futsal activity at all ages and age groups to meet, discuss and action the development of a co-ordinated approach to the development of the sport across the county.
Key priorities currently include:
Maintenance of a database of futsal provision to identify gaps and working together to remedy
Sharing and editing of maps data on a regular basis
Planning of interhub league fixtures and the Hampshire Futsal League for adult participants
For more information about the Futsal Working Group, or to request a copy of the Agenda for the next meeting, please contact Jake.Ashton@HampshireFA.com.
For the past two seasons Hampshire FA have run regional qualifiers for the National Youth Futsal Festival, with winners for both boys and girls competitions at u10, u12, u14 and u16 representing Hampshire clubs on a national stage. The Youth Futsal Festival will run again in the 2016/17 season, for more information please email Matthew.York@HampshireFA.com.
Referees interested in officiating futsal courses are encouraged to register their interest by emailing Natalie.Clarke@HampshireFA.com. There are numerous paid and voluntary roles available within Hampshire to complete your qualification.
During the 2015/16 season, Hampshire FA launched the first open county Futsal League with both a male and female division. Entries to the league were comprised of standalone Futsal clubs, established 11v11 sides, University teams, Futsal hub sides and simply groups of friends. The respective champions Basingstoke Futsal Club and Southampton Saints Girls and Ladies were challenged in what was an exciting, entertaining and fast-paced season. Read about the men's league here and the women's league here.
The league will run in 2016/17 season with monthly fixtures on Friday evenings at the superb facilities at Sparsholt College in Winchester.
To enter a team, simply complete the relevant form found below and email to Jake.Ashton@HampshireFA.com.
Check out the league's Facebook page for updates, videos and pictures by clicking here.
Any enquiries should be directed to Flo.Lunn@HampshireFA.com.