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Kevin Bryant receives plaque from Sheffield FC as recognition 20 years involved in futsal & an invitation to be their Futsal Ambassador

Thanks to Sheffield FC – Worlds oldest Football Club – For taking trouble to recognise my 20 years involvement with futsal, an interest started initially by making a phone call to FIFA as FA was unresponsive to requests to support the game being played in England. Scotland, Ireland and Wales all at that point saw futsal as a South American game not likely to take off in UK. Back then I spend hours explaining what futsal was, how the ball was heavier and the court smaller. 20 years on I seldom have to explain what futsal is, and thankfully I do not have to import futsal balls.

FIFA was most helpful, for three years they corresponded with me, initiating the Iranian national side visiting England to play the then top futsal club Tranmere Victoria. The FA suits watched with respect level of play Iran brought to the game. This again led to FIFA coming to Sheffield and meeting with the FA and other interested futsal people. An 8 team tournament was played including Tranmere and from memory the other early futsal pioneers Santos from Pendle. I took four Grimsby teams.

The Sheffield meeting lead to the FA forming a futsal advisory group, funded with enough money to buy the tea bags but not the milk. From the advisory committee, I never missed a meeting, an invitation Futsal Cup was formed. There were 12 teams in first tournament (2002 Aldershot Army Barracks). Four from Grimsby, Sheffield, Tranmere, Santos, and an Army select team and others. Two referees from Grimsby, one from Tranmere and FIFA sent us one.

Later with a colleague I set up the futsal Premier League, a well supported league with a North South play off final. One winner was Doncaster deaf College; the only disability team to reach a senior European open competition qualify stages.

Past 20 years I have refereed 2500+ matches, seen three Grimsby players play for England, one referee attain FIFA status and three others referee FA National League. Add to this 20 years coaching futsal and even I start to realise I might be wedded to game.

I am not a great believer in re-inventing the wheel; as a consequence I have brought many top coaches to Grimsby to show us how they the Spanish and Brazilians coach the game.

Never far out of the picture, whether it’s been bringing a team into Premier League or delivering coaching sessions has been Sheffield FC. To be asked to be their Futsal Ambassador and to receive a plaque from them in recognition of past twenty years means an awful lot.

Thanks Sheffield FC


Kevin Bryant

Grimsby Borough Champions Tool Station Division 1 North East. Nice also to see several futsal players in team.

Grimsby Borough top scorer Daniel Trott


League goes down to wire. Campion are 1 point ahead of Borough. Borough have better goal difference (+9). Both teams have travelled thousands of miles and it comes down to this:

Grimsby Borough 4 vs. Campion 2

Captain Jack Brabham – mid field general

The man every team must stop – Adam Drury

                            Your Support could did make the difference?   


Super night of Monday U10/11 futsal at YMCA & Novartis

Super night of Monday U10/11 futsal at YMCA & Novartis

Four Europea League teams played at YMCA delivering a highly competitive night of superb fluent futsal. Passing in tight positions was well beyond what I expected when I sat down to record results. Not one player was fazed by being a tight position with an opposition player pressurising. This was Champions League futsal played under a Europea League banner. The defence side of the game was relentless all evening, every goal was earned.

Who won, well everyone in that all worn out cliché. That said they did. Synergy got most points; Discoveries All Stars came second with 4 points; Immingham and All Stars shared wooden spoon with 3 points each. The goals keepers deserve special mention; they only let in 2.66 goals per game, which was exceptional given number of shots on target.

Big thank you to managers. It was agreed before start that they would form a 4th team between them, this was aggravated with Immingham players delayed on M180. No problem, took managers all of 30 seconds for them to organise a plan’B’. Thanks for that help gents.

Champions’ League group of four at Novartis was won by Healing; Wybers scored same 7 goals as Healing but secured 5 less points. JR Sports and Immingham Pilgrims both gained points in a tightly fought set of matches.

Thanks everyone for your support.

Team coach Matty Payne with his YMCA All Stars team who have just gone 11 matches without defeat in u12/13 league. Bright group of players lucky to be with a top coach who shares their futsal passion.

Matty with YMCA All Stars team
2019 Boys finished season winning 10 games on bounce!


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