Author Archives: Kevin Bryant

Ryan Giggs set to defend his Indian futsal Premier League title

Former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, who was part of the winning Mumbai team in the

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, right, speaks next to Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho, during a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, July 9, 2017. Ronaldinho and Giggs were among the soccer stars that arrived in Pakistan to play exhibition matches which organizers hope will boost the sport in the country. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

season one of the Premier Futsal has expressed hope that his team will be able to defend the title.

“Hopefully we can defend our championship,” quipped Giggs in a video message shown during the launch of Krystal Mumbai Warriors here.

Giggs will be part of the Kystal MUMBAI Warriors, which will feature in the season two of the Premier Futsal and have Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff as its brand ambassador.

In the first season, the Mumbai 5s had won the title after the final played in Goa in last July.

The second edition of Premier Futsal will begin from September 15 here with the semi-finals and final scheduled to be played in Dubai.

Under 13 champions have trip of lifetime to look forward to, a trip that includes playing FC Barcelona futsal club

In October, U13 (U14 this coming season) champions Meglio United will head to Spain, where they will take on reigning World Futsal Cup champions FC Barcelona at the superb Joan Gamper Sports Arena; the academy and first team base of FC Barcelona.
The 6 day trip will include a match against Manchester Futsal Club, before a flight to Spain the next day where the team will spend 4 nights at a sports resort and the players will experience 2 training sessions with FC Barcelona coaches, a trip to the Nou Camp stadium and play 2 futsal matches – one against the mighty FC Barcelona.

4 team mini tournaments during August – Does your team want to play?

Matches are on same nights are you usually play during regular season.

4 teams gives you 3 x 15 minute games.

3 points for a win

1 for a clean sheet

1 for 3+ goals scored

No prizes just an opportunity to play flat out futsal for 45 minutes and get super fit and mentally sharp for your new football season.

07980286663 or info@futsal.org.uk

How I have watched UK futsal grow from nothing in 1998 – to being a massive sport 2017

From left to right:
Grandad Kevin Bryant
James Bryant (GTFC Futsal most improved player 2016/17)
Liam Bryant (next Bryant futsal protegee)
Boys’ dad Mathew

1998 I imported a low bounce futsal ball and introduced futsal to St Martin’s School Grimsby, the first UK school to train futsal.  What got me into futsal so early was a desire to find out why the South Americans could produce a conveyor belt of world class talent whilst England, with just as good raw talent struggled. By various chances I got to meet up with some top coaches, including Brazilian Marcos Falopa, a man that coached Pele.

My wife, a patient school, teacher travelled with me, till the point she said she had heard enough, ‘everyone is telling you the same thing Kevin, play futsal, it’s all they talk about.’ She was right

Before starting my Grimsby futsal leagues I had to ask FIFA to intervene to the FA to allow the game to be played in Grimsby.  At that time the FA had rules restricting futsal to full international rules. No teams were playing in any organised format. For years all FIFA futsal emails came to me, including one offering Iran, then fifth in the FIFA rankings to play in England for a large fee that FIFA would pay 66% of. Thanks to Tranmere futsal club and a generous sponsor Iran visited and the FA sent delegates to watch. That intervention led to FIFA setting up a meeting between the handful of ‘futsal’ people in England; FIFA and the FA.  A futsal development group was started by the FA at FIFA’s behest. I attended all the meetings until the group was disbanded as futsal became part of the FA’s official strategy.

Today the sport is unrecognisable, with Grimsby Town leading the way with an outstanding BTEC course that mixes education and futsal development. Without question the strongest most successful course in England. This year five players are heading to Loughborough University and two to Sheffield and Hallam where their futsal and degree education will continue. If you want to be National league or Cup winners first you have to beat GTFC futsal.

This year I’ve had my grandson James Bryant to follow and I am delighted to report he was Grimsby Town futsal ‘most improved player season 2016/207.’ Well done James. When we sat planning futsal development in 88 I never imagined I would have a grandson playing futsal for Grimsby Town.

One very proud granddad.

Kevin Bryant