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Hampshire FA Hosting Youth Futsal Festivals This April

Futsal festivals are being held in the north and south of the county for girls and boys this April.
Great strides have been made by The FA in growing the awareness and understanding of Futsal across England since 2003.  

A particularly important and successful area that The FA has focused upon is developing the game within schools and young people.  

Subsequently, The FA National Youth Futsal Festival was established to provide a national showcase event that could inspire young people to take-up and play Futsal on a regular-basis.  

The aims and intention of the Festival is to not just provide a one-off Futsal event that young people enjoy and then forget, but to provide a goal to encourage schools, clubs and young people to play Futsal throughout the year with the climax being the opportunity to attend the National Futsal Festival.

A more structured qualifying approach has been adopted in recent years to award teams places at the National Festival.  

The FA organise a series of Regional Festivals around the country, with most teams entering the regional stages after qualifying through local county competitions and festivals. These festivals take place between February and May which provides qualifiers for the Regional finals held over eight regions during May and early June.

The festivals are open to both boys and girls and cater for U10, U12s, U14s and U16s. 

The culmination of the qualification process is the National finals held towards the end of June involving 80 teams all competing for the right to be crowned National Futsal champions.

The underlying aim of The FA National Youth Futsal Festival is not necessarily to be elitist and to identify the very best youth Futsal clubs; more importantly the Festival’s primary role is to act as a catalyst to stimulate and support the ongoing youth development of Futsal across the country.  

Every year the Festival itself plays a pivotal role in encouraging schools, County FAs and other partners to establish sustainable Futsal development programmes that ensure Futsal is played by young people throughout the rest of the year.

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