Author Archives: Kevin Bryant

Re:  Give Us Back Our Game – the grassroots footba

I am writing to tell you about the Give Us Back Our Game campaign and to see if you and everyone associated with futsal would like to support the fastest growing youth welfare movement in the UK.  I have a strong suspicion that everybody who loves futsal will help us to promote real change in grassroots football.

Give Us Back Our Game was developed in October 2006 by youth football coaches, parents, academics and politicians concerned about the welfare of young players currently taking part in organised football in the UK.  

Today’s children learn from the grown-ups. Without the freedom of the streets and playing fields, their early experiences of football are organised, supervised and coached. They have no real say in what happens, and they don’t have time to develop, learn and fall in love with the beautiful game.
We at Give Us Back Our Game feel that the problem areas are:          
* Football is no longer the children’s game – it is controlled by adults;  

* Often, the same children are on the sidelines as subs or omitted every game;

* Coaches and parents can too often be seen screaming from the touchlines;

* Winning is prioritised before fun and development;

* There is not enough free play where children can solve their own problems;

* Children are not encouraged to express their skills on the pitch;

*  Football is no longer the beautiful game:  it’s ugly.

Give Us Back Our Game have already had many pledges of support from clubs and concerned coaches in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  The Give Us Back Our Game National Fun Day will take place on 17 June 2007.  There will be national as well as local 4 v 4 football events at hundreds of venues and local, regional and national media coverage. What can you or your organisation do?

You are the best person to decide how best you or your organisation can help support real youth player development in the UK.
You may wish to add your name or your organisation’s name to the hundreds of supporters across the UK to e-mail our website and lend their support.  You may wish to organise your own event in June 2007. You may even wish for your company to lend sponsorship support to the guiding ethos of Give Us Back Our Game.  Perhaps you could provide a link to the Give Us Back Our Game website, listed below.  Simply, you may wish to forward this e-mail or the website details to other like-minded individuals.  
Whatever you do, you will help to send a strong message to youth football administrators in the UK that the childhood experiences that you had when you were young are well worth preserving. For further information about the ethos and philosophy of the Give Us Back Our Game campaign, log onto:

Respectfully and with many thanks,

Paul Cooper and Rick Fenoglio
Give Us Back Our Game

Futsal Reports October 23rd………………

Second Avenue
Monday Premier League
College slip, but not enough to loose that 38 since a loss record.  Caistor 2-2

Simon Taylor inspires Grimsby Catalonia to 5-2 win over   Caistor 2-2

Simon Taylor inspires Grimsby Catalonia to 5-2 win over Young’s Seafood’s

Keeper ‘Gav’ plays well on his return to Fulstow team; but how do you solve a problem like Goodhand?  Magpies 8 Fulstow Rovers 2

Second Avenue
Tuesday Division II
Rose & Crown3 losses on the trot, but all low score defeats.  Matty Homer (CFKA) the difference.  5-2

Harvest Foods looking a good team, pass it around well, was just too good for Babtist Church.  4-1

Grimsby Auditorium, with the full team back, stopped Thorpe Park winning run with a good performance. 11-3

StreetSoccer never gave up in the fight to win, but Magpies II just used there experience in futsal to win the game.  How many more times will StreetSoccer loose by one goal?  4-3

The best game of the night was the visit of Kent Street Resource Centre team to play ACD.  Booth teams top of their respective divisions. The game was let down by a good number of fouls that never needed to happen.  An issue team managers need to address.  Referees don’t commit fouls.  In some countries rules are enforced so tightly that ‘almost any contact’ is an offence.  Booth teams were neck and neck until the last minute when Kent Street got the winner.

Second Avenue
Wednesday Division III

Games not played when going to press.

Kent Street League
Futsal Warriors loose basement battle. With no substitutes they simply could not match Everglaze for energy levels. 6-4

Grimsby College 2006 is on a steep learning curve.  Football Wizards greater experience was too much for a team at the start of their futsal careers.

Humbertherm made it hard work for Eagles, but lack of substitutes was again a problem.  Eagle’s late dominance extended tight score to 11-4

Grimsby Bears 5 StreetSoccer Milan 0.  Final score 6-5.  Dogged determination, a never give in spirit, allied to skill almost got the youthful StreetSoccer a shock point.

Futsal is a very fast, highly competitive game of five aside.  Futsal is the only game of five aside recognized by FIFA.  ( search futsal for rules).  A visit to the web site will illustrate the vastness of the game in Europe.  For UK news visit  To play locally at any level contact Kevin Bryant 07980 286663 or visit

Press Release – Taster Futsal Tournaments for Junior Teams.

The Grimsby Futsal League has received permission to organize junior futsal leagues.  Initial permission has been sanctioned by the Linconshire FA for the matches to be for ages 10-16, either gender.  Age 9 and under is subject to a further discussion with the LFA Development Officer as there is a conceived clash with mini soccer.  Close neighbors Sheffield & Hallam County FA and East Riding FA already embrace futsal for under nines.  Graham Dell (England Futsal Team Manager) does not foresee a world class England futsal team until the team has a production line of players that have played the game from 8 onwards.  Futsal is a completely different learning experience for young footballers.  Best played indoors (or on astro surface), futsal rules dictate a fast skillful open game.  Big or small players have no advantage on a futsal court, the only dictate and comparison is skill.  Like tennis or basketball the best team always wins. FIFA rules allow for a squad of 12 players rotating with the 5 team players allowed on court at any one time.  

Futsal is the national language for junior teams in 99% of the world.  England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales the last countries to play what is the world most played small sided sport. 50% of the Premiership players will have cut their teeth playing futsal.  Most South americans’ move to eleven aside at 16; which means they have played and practiced under stress for 8 more years than their English counter part.  In terms of touches of the ball, shots at a goal they will have treble the experience of our young players.  One ball between 22 or 1 ball between 10, it’s not rocket science to see which game is going to produce the better player.  If you want solid evidence its available in detailed research by Manchester Metropolitan University and North Carolina University USA.  The English FA are ahead of the other FA Associations, but they are all, at the instigation of UEFA, developing futsal development programmers.

Want to play in a futsal taster tournament?

Please contact Kevin Bryant 01472 235704 or 07980 286663

Local awareness about FUTSAL

Why dont we as a league, write a feature in the sports telegraph with a brief piece about the local futsal setup , introduce the game in moderate detail so the readers understand what the game is all about and finally, have a few of the teams with kits, looking the part, on view for all to see. Surely this would boost local awareness and increase the chances of some much needed funding to improve the facilities and in turn, thus improve the local game over all!!! I believe the lack of quality facilities only hinders the games development. Second Ave is in much of repair and Kent St’s field of play isnt anywhere near the minimum size required. Although the sites in question facilitate requirements  at the moment, we need to be looking to gain financial support from the recognised sport funding organisations to improve the current facilities or find a new site fit for purpose. Im sure the majority would agree, that when visiting Nothern Conference based in hull and the nationals, standards are much higher compared to what locally, the league can offer. Surely our long term goal is to improve in all areas of the game and  short term, ensure the increasing high standard that Kevin is trying to achieve through local facilties and most important local players!!!
Finally with high standards being maintained. this would hopefully attract more officials to the game and become an appealling game to officate. But with the minority still not quite realising how important having a qualified official present, we still need to improve a little further in this area. I for one, have gain emense experience from officating locally and regionally. There is no better league on its day! For the development of the players involved and the officials too!

Futsal awareness?

Junior Futsal Leagues

The LFA have sanctioned rules for the Grimsby Futsal League to organise juior futsal leagues.  If you want to enter a team we will ne running age groups 9-16.  Booth genders.

If your team just wants a taster game then we can oblige.

Kevin Bryant 0845 6122250 0r 07980 286663.

Rob Parry is organising junior schools tournaments.  07708377495
youth futysal

Futsal Fixtures Week Commencing Monday 9th October

Monday Premier Division

Castors? experience too much for Gunners Watch. ?Gunners built up play slow and ponderous compared to the clinical speed of their opponents. ??You can?t be offside at futsal? so get players past the last man with the ball? ?Score 6-2

Grimsby Catalonia under perform. ?You can?t misplace passes and squander guilt edge chances and then hope to beat a team like Young?s, who feed of your mistakes. ?Superb ?Norm? goal highlight of game. ?5-2

The eagerly awaited Fulstow Rovers ? College 2001 game did not disappoint. ?College always led, but could not get away from Fulstow. ?Speed on the counter was key to a College win; Lee Smith getting the winner with seconds to go after a similarly late Fulstow goal looked as though it had wrecked the College night. ?7-6. College 34 undefeated!

Tuesday Division 2

New boys? Harvest FC nick last gasps 4-3 win over Rose & Crown. ?The feed back from Harvest FC management was that futsal was tougher than anticipated.

Maggie?s bottom! No wins in 4, which not the form associated with Magpies II before the summer break. ?CFKA were just to good, playing neat football and not missing opportunities as they arose. Magpies 2 CFKA 7

Thorpe Park have lifted there game a level. ?A strong compact unit that gave Centaur few opportunities. ?5-1

Grimsby Auditorium started well, but not the even clash expected, ?as the game wore on ACD took control. ?6-2

Kent Street League

Three weeks ago the title looked to have been won by Kent St Resource Centre as the Grimsby Bears stumbled. ?What we had all missed was Football Wizards games in hand and their ability to win those games. ?Futsal Warriors gave it a go but Wizards were to experienced. ? 10-2

StreetSoccer Milan must have been pleased to meet a new youthful team, with less experience than themselves. ?Milan 8 Gy College 0. ?

Nelson didn?t win but 8-10 versus Eagles was a strong performance.

Everglaze recent improvements were lost as Humbertherm had one of their ?on? weeks. ?14-2

Posative of the week, two new teams apply to join.

Negative, two sendings off for foul language to referees. ?The LFA love the money some of you guys are donating. ?Just remember referees can now report indescretions via email. ?Years ago they had to right a report, put a stamp on it, post etc. ?So some got ‘overlooked.’ ?Now it’s one click and delivered, don’t give referees the opportunity.

Futsal League Reports Week Commencing 2nd October

FA National Championships Qualifying Group

Gunners Watch reverse last weeks lose to Grimsby Catalonia. 4-1
College 8 Grimsby Bears 1.  College 33 games without lose.
Fulstow Rovers 9 Young?s Seafood?s 5.  Result in dispute, did Fulstow have ineligible player on the pitch?
Are Nicol Magpies days of rolling teams over finished?  Results are getting closer by the week.  Caistor get close at 2-4.
If you can?t stand the heat get out of the kitchen, Kent Street Resource Centre and Grimsby Bears drop out of Monday league.

Tuesday Division II

StreetSoccer u/16 junior teams last year are getting better game by game.  Only last minute goal gave Piemonte the bragging rights.  4-3
Centaur started clear favorites to beat Rose & Crown.  Result Rose & Crown 8-6
Thorpe Park 5 CFKA, not a result Thorpe Park would have accomplished last year.
Magpies II bottom of the league?  You would have bet on them to finish in the top 3 before a ball was kicked.  ACD are the team to beat as Maggie?s found out.  8-3
With Harvest FC and Grimsby Auditorium in action next week this league is a dog eat dog league.

Wednesday Division III

Mr. Hornigold has forgotten yet again to send in results, anyone know a referee that can post results?  In his absence I will do a pools forecast????..Expressions 4  Young?s 8, ACD de Salao  7  FC Dynamo 3,  FC Coventry 4  Second Ave 3,  Daz Clark 5 PB Kent 5???.

Kent St Resource Centre

Sid Sadler (Humbertherm) must know more good players than anyone else in the league.  They gave the inform Wizards a real test, but miss too many chances to cause a shock.  6-2
Everglaze 0 Grimsby Bears 0.  Unfortunately that was the half time score.  But how they made the Bears work for their 4 second half goals.
Second Ave (Grimsby Babtist Church) 9 Nelson FC 0.  Chris the Nelson keeper excels with a couple of saves Gordon Banks would have applauded.
StreetSoccer Milan have talent, they lack the physique of their older opponents.  With 3 minutes on the clock Eagles led 6-4 and StreetSoccer were pushing towards 6-5.  For some inexcusable reason they lapsed to 7-4 and before they new it 9-4.  They will learn from it.  

Have teams any match photos to add to web?