Author Archives: Kevin Bryant

The English Football Association have delivered a huge week for Futsal development, awareness and promotion in the UK

Last Friday on the 6 September, the English Football Association announced a three-year partnership with the Pokémon Company International to support their National Futsal Programme.

The deal begins immediately, and the idea behind the partnership is simple enough. The FA wants to make Futsal a “natural part of children’s football development.” In a post on the organisation’s site, they write that the focus on year one of the partnership “will be on increasing participation of school and club teams from across England in our National Youth Futsal programme.”

Today, the efforts of the FA to develop Futsal have gone even further. The Department for Education added Futsal to an approved activity list for GCSE, AS and A-Level PE meaning more students across the country will have the opportunity/ option to play and experience Futsal at schools from 2020 increasing participation and awareness across England. This is a fantastic achievement for Graeme Dell (Futsal representative on the FA Council) and Michael Skubala(Head Coach of England’s National Futsal team & the FA’s Futsal Technical Director) who tweeted his own thanks to Donna McIvor (Women’s Development Manager), John Folwell (National Participation Manager) and Steve Day (Head of Development at The FA) for their support.



Just watch this video to see how much fun being a futsal keeper can be. Is your keeper allowed this freedom?

Poland goalkeeper scores incredible goal

How about a goalkeeper picking up the ball in the corner, running the whole length of the pitch and scoring?🔥🔥🔥🔥See Krzysztof Iwanek's incredible strike for Poland🇵🇱 and all the #U19Futsal EURO day 1 goals on #UEFAtv 👇👇👇

Posted by UEFA Futsal on Sunday, 8 September 2019


Fabulous skill but can he or she play football is often asked question. Watch and you judge.

Great individual futsal skill but ‘can he play football’ is often ask question.

What do you think?

My opinion is ‘of course they can’. With suggest techniques, fast feet & mental dexterity how you could not play the slower game of football.

Having crazy skills is one thing… Being able destroy the opposition 🔥🔥🔥 Check out Sean Garnier being a boss 👊👊👊⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀📹 @seanfreestyle 😳🔥⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Use #thefutsalshop on your futsal videos 😍

Posted by The Futsal Shop on Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Leagues will restart Monday 9th September

Restart has been delayed by large amount of extra paperwork caused by new FA affiliation rule changes for small sided teams

Long term these changes will benefit everyone, particularly the governance for junior teams. The new procedure is that I inform LFA who is playing in each league – the LFA then contacts each club secretary to affiliate your team. The LFA will then inform me when that process is complete. Huge advantage is that each club Secretary & Welfare Officer will be in control of who is managing their club futsal teams. An additional benefit is your team will have Public Liability Insurance through your club. Your team will still need private player cover to insure against injury damage.

Teams that are ‘stand alone’ teams, this causes a problem which I am currently taking advice on.

If you need advice do not hesitate to contact me  or 07980286663

Futsal GoalKeeping Skills being Transferred to Football






Are you an ambitious goalkeeper coach committed to supporting your goalkeepers to the best of your abilities?

Are you determined to understand best how to empower, develop and support the goalkeepers you’re working with and their technical skillset?

Are you open to the different cultural and sporting influences on the game of football, and the technical requirements of the game, whilst critically reviewing their over-execution?

Futsal Goal Keeping Intelligence Being Transferred to Football

Leagues will recommence first week in September. Time to start thinking about playing futsal again. New teams always welcome.

The FA has changed the way small sided football is governed by Lincolnshire Football Association Ltd.  Taken some time to understand and accept the process, but will be an improvement once up and running.  The changes to governance will benefit greatly from the Welfare & Safeguarding aspect.

I managed to attend three courses during my August ‘break’.  Welfare, Safeguarding and First Aid. Noticeable that both courses were filled 50% people travelling from Grimsby.  More courses we can all support at Bradley the better.

Talking of courses there are two coming up at Bradley that I shall be attending, maybe one of which ought to interest several of you.  The LFA are waiting on a date from Marc Birkett to deliver a full day futsal referee course. For those that don’t know Marc, he is the FA’s top referee who has refereed a FIFA World Cup Final.

Michael Brader at LFA has informed me that the Futsal Referee Course is now a standalone course, previously you had to be a qualified referee to do the futsal course as an ‘add on’.

The second course is a Walking Football referee course. It is estimated there are 40 – 50k players

Grimsby Corinthians Walking Football business card

playing weekly across the UK.

An updated set of Grimsby League Management Rules can be downloaded from

The big change is the introduction of the Power Play law across all Grimsby junior and youth leagues.