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Are we setting right example to our young players?

Last week I two teams, both same club, drop out of a league because they was ‘allegedly’ disrespected by opposition, one player being directly bullied at school as result of large defeat. Allegedly most players wanted to stop playing futsal as a consequence.

How would you have responded to this situation if it happened to your team?

I personally would have seen loss as a challenge, a sign I needed to do more, I certainly would not have removed my teams from league. What do we teach are young protégées if we join a league and don’t finish matches. I have never had a group of parents that would have allowed me to take such an action. There are two other teams in same league who have suffered the rough end of some results, they are still playing. In fact those two teams are big winners because they have started and completed every game without complaint. That in its self is an achievement just as important as being a league winner.

As youth managers we get hit with these problems all time, senior football is easy, you don’t have growing maturing players to manage. Thankfully senior players don’t bring mum and dad with them. Recently I had a mum in middle of group of under 10s as they lined up to shake hands at end of match. Her little mite was not shaking hand of player who had just fouled him; either that or she wanted to transfer him there and then to opposition?

This week I asked a player how he had got on in his futsal match. We lost he said, but we only had bare five players, where was the others. The manager had not allowed them to play because they had done something wrong. Surely they should play so that the five are not punished. Deal with the naughty three afterwards with consequences that hit them only.

I had a similar situation many years ago when my son’s team was in a semi final. Two players had transgressed at school, one mum said her lad was not playing in semi as punishment, the other made their son play and clean everyone’s boots after the game (dad helped) him. I know which parent, in my humble opinion, made the right call. Taught me a lot that day.

Answering my own original question, 99% of time parent managers get it right, they provide a valued surface so our young grassroots players can play the game they love.

Kevin Bryant

Organiser GFL




England’s U19 Futsal squad head in Croatia this week for the main round of the inaugural UEFA U19 Futsal European Championship


A sign UEFA and FA are recognising huge impact futsal is making at grassroots level.

Nice to see local rivals Scunthorpe United have a player in squad.


Jack Walsh – London United Futsal Club
James Black – Genesis Futsal Club
Joe Bickerstaffe – Tranmere FC
Jared Rand – University of Nottingham Futsal
Ollie Whaley – University of Nottingham Futsal
James Dirkin – London United Futsal
Mikey Bulmer – York City Futsal Club
Matt Overton – York City Futsal Club
Raynner Silva – Scunthorpe United FC
Drew Hodgson – Newcastle Futsal Club
Henrique Do Carmo – London United Futsal Club
Jordan Deer – Cheshire Futsal Club
Liam Hunt – Genesis Futsal Club
Lawson Mcarthy – Wigan Futsal Club

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Football and sport in general declining out of control – pass me the X-Box

Where is English football heading? Government statistics tell us football and other team sports have lost 10% of participants each of last two seasons. In fact every sport has fewer participants than two years ago.

Sport England spend their money wisely to win Olympic medals, to them the total is most important, which explains why the ladies Great Britain hockey team are the only team sport to get sponsorship funding.

What are these people doing if they are giving up on traditional sports? Data shows they have moved to fitness gyms. Understandable, they are open twenty fours a day, they are mostly warm and clean, and you can participate and meet people on your own. A win win situation.

Should we be worried about these figures? Certainly if you want to watch a Premiership match that includes English players. The Grimsby Telegraph reports that a declining 30% of team spaces, so far this season, have been occupied by English players. Burnley; Bournemouth and Everton the only teams hitting the 50% mark. All three have recently dropped to nearer the 30% mark. At the season end 70% of Premiership wages and transfer fees could be leaving England for foreign lands. Not the success the Premier League was designed to achieve when it was conceived.

Wall to wall TV. coverage, less and less participation, where are we going? What is the destination?


Kev Bryant

FA Futsal Strategy Announced March 2019

Good to read that the FA has a long term plan for futsal. Pity they can’t accept that if you don’t have an indoor court an outdoor one isn’t a bad second choice. Far more cost effective and given our culture quite enjoyable that said supporters would prefer indoors to winter cold. I’m told in many hot countries they play futsal indoors in summer to keep cool, the polar opposite to us. Politics play a part to; FA will not condemn playing off boards when they need affiliation income and consumer data, those people help FA plug gap on its 10% year on year loss of 11 vs.11 footballers. A lose not specific just to football, all teams sports are suffering same loss. Only sport/pastime increasing its customer base is fitness gyms.

Click here to access FA Futsal Strategy

Immingham Pilgrims’s u10s; Healing Hotspurs u12s & u14s plus Grimsby Town u15s all heading to Hull University – Sunday 24th for Regional Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Futsal Cup.

Winners from Hull will progress to FA National Final.

To date we have had a girls team be National Champion and one boys’ u15 team semi finalists.

Having seen quality of local teams I’m confident they can deliver at Hull; all they have to do is replicate local play off form.

No team had a walk over to next stage at Hull; they all progressed against challenging opposition who pushed them all the way.

Josh Parry shows skill technique he brought to FC Grimsby when team played FA National League

Josh Parry shows skill technique he brought to FC Grimsby when team played FA National League

The futsal played by all teams, winners and those missing out, was brilliant, match after match I got to watch build up play that belonged to teams years older, any player lost the ball the ball, they was like a tiger to retrieve it back. Keepers made stunning saves but always had the talent to pass the ball into play as if I was watching UEFA League football.

10/10 to managers and teams who made competition such a compelling watch.

Clubs; teams; please share via your media platforms.

Kevin Bryant

Tournament Organiser

07980 28663

PS: Referees was excellent too…

Red Devils in U12/13 League urgently need goalkeeper plus 1 other

Due to a serious football injury and player unavailability team has spaces for two new team players.

U12/13 league plays Thursday’s, mainly at Novartis, occasionally at YMCA.

Players wanting to play need to contact team manager John Hancock 07990 634169. Approach must be made by parent.

League would sanction loan keeper to help out, subject to prior knowledge of loan.

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Make a note in your diaries to see Peter Sturgess this June – Coached Doncaster Deaf College into UEFA Futsal Qualifiers – Presented by LFA

Peter Sturgess

COACHES | Pete Sturgess’ Foundation Phase CPD Event at Riseholme College in June will consist of a presentation outlining the key messages from the #EnglandDNA, followed by a practical session to demonstrate how this works in coaching scenarios.

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