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Poppy’s Players’ win inaugural BBC People’s Cup Futsal Tournament. Enter 2019 competition now!

Poppys Players, first ever ladies People’s Cup Winners 2018Visit BBC Inspire to read all about it

Want to take part in next year’s competition? You can now register your interest in the 2019 FA People’s Cup.

You can get a taste of the excitement and action – and join the conversation – on social media via the hashtag #FAPeoplesCup.

If you have any queries about the competition format and rules, contact

Southampton’s Dusan Tadic reveals how his futsal skills shot down Bournemouth

Dusan Tadic

Dusan Tadic reveals his futsal shooting technique

After the match Tadic spoke to the BBC goal his man of the match performance.

When it came to discussing his second goal, Tadic revealed how playing futsal helped him with shooting.

Tadic discussed how he often plays futsal with his friends, and he’s learnt how to shoot with his toes when needed.

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FC Grimsby 8 GTFC Scholarship ‘A’ 2

FC Grimsby vs. GTFC Scholarship
Lincoln 2018

Lincolnshire CFA delivers a master class in how not to organise an event, enough said.

FC Grimsby vs. GTFC Scholarship ‘A’ was always going to be a fascinating fixture; FC Grimsby a mix of youth and experience, Scholarship team all younger lads under expert futsal tutorship playing and advancing their education daily.

My pre match thoughts was that if FC Grimsby could protect their inexperienced keeper, Jack Darnell, who was being thrown in at last minute, then a comfortable win might be on the cards.

To half time game went to plan, GTFC had plenty of possession but unfortunately they was not getting ball into areas that could hurt FC team.

The physically stronger FC team was hitting GTFC fast and skilfully on break and lead 4-0 at break.

Second period game continued in much same vein, GTFC moving the ball quickly and accurately but not getting the rewards their impressive team play warranted.

FC Grimsby keeper Jack Darnell was proving equal to everything thrown at him, impressive debut.

Second period FC Grimsby lead extended to 8-0; not a fair reflection part GTFC had played in the game to that point. Two late Scholarship goals was least they could have expected for their part in a game that was a great advert for Grimsby futsal.

Grimsby goals came from Rob Cowie (3), Benji and James Bryant two each and one from Liam Williamson. Josh Carver, a trusted goal scorer never found net but along with Kirk Russell played key parts in team win.

What a week and it’s not over yet!

Hull University Sport Hall

Sunday travelled to Hull to watch Hull vs. Birmingham FA Futsal Cup straight knockout stage of cup, big guns now joined smaller clubs that have qualified via regional qualifiers. Hull was good money for their 9-5 win. Grimsby league players ‘Higgo’ & Matty Payne helping Hull out with five goals.

Lads from my Saturday morning coaching session played support matches delivering great skill against their Hull counter parts who was futsal novices by contrast.

Monday referee three excellent games at YMCA.

Get letter from LFA detailing new County League. FC Grimsby is in Premier Division. More paperwork. If you want to play in or have a role to offer, please contact me. This team is about Grimsby Futsal delivering results. That means you. Either playing, sponsoring or in a support capacity.

Tuesday referee a 4 team tournament at Novartis; pitch not in best condition after heavy rain. Immingham Town play their first game and looked good. Get call from YMCA that a team has not turned up. Find out main person’s phone has broken. Essential I have two contacts, both text and email for every team.

Note in my diary to re-affiliate all teams to LFA. More cost. Seems only weeks ago I had just done all this.

Wednesday. Play with mixed group of oldies and youngsters a loose game of futsal. Depending on how many turn up we could have any number pair side. 7 vs.7 being maximum. Always a great crack. After that YMCA Corinthians vs. Payzone in adult league. A real tester, Payzone being last champions. Lost 8-5; close up to three quarter mark, Corinthians could not match them for fitness last quarter. Closing gap on top teams which is important.

Every senior league team is getting better each week. Can’t wait for next week.

After enjoyment of playing for Hull the Grimsby contingent want me to enter FA National League of which we was a founder team. Back then we had no home ground, that has changed, so entry is a possibility, but I want support and backing before I sign form.

Thursday. Night off, no games to referee at Novartis due to school holidays.

Friday yet another night off.

Saturday futsal balls blown up, skill ladders in bag, cones etc. head filled with coaching ideas. The 9-11 a.m. at YMCA. Is always enjoyable, great bunch of kids to work with.

Sunday not to be missed Grimsby Town vs. Durham University – FA Futsal Cup. This will be a great game, don’t miss it, you will learn so much about futsal. £1 adult’s 50p juniors. All proceeds kindly donated to Jessica Bryant Foundation, thanks GTFC.

Add to all this I have spent hours every day keeping up with fixtures and incoming mail, face book etc. Invaluable that Mr Mawer has being doing most of younger age group fixtures. I would have sunk without his help.

Thankfully great support from everyone, which makes job manageable.


Kevin Bryant