FA National League Bath Futsal Club merge with Bristol City to form the first National League pro club team.

20130710-futsal43213-905660_478x359BRISTOL City Football Club has decided to tap into the skills of futsal, credited with honing the skills of some of the world’s best players.

Futsal was developed in Brazil and Uruguay in the 1930s and 1940s and is essentially an indoor five-a-side game played with a smaller ball with less bounce. Coaches believe the surface, ball means players have to focus on creativity, technique, ball control and sharp passing.

Remarkably more people play futsal in Brazil than football although it does not attract the crowds of it’s 11 a side cousin. Indeed some of the very best players to play football have honed their skills playing futsal, including Lionel Messi, Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi and Ronaldo.

Despite what would seem obvious advantages Bristol City has become the only professional football club to tie up with an FA National Futsal League side for the 2014/15 season.

Bristol City Futsal Club: Bristol City become only professional side to tie up with FA National Futsal League side for 2014/15

By The Bristol Post | Posted: July 11, 2014
Bristol City FC is the only professional club playing in the National Futsal League. The world’s greatest players are said to have benefited from the game.

Bristol City FC is the only professional club playing in the National Futsal League. The world’s greatest players are said to have benefited from the game.
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BRISTOL City Football Club has decided to tap into the skills of futsal, credited with honing the skills of some of the world’s best players.

Futsal was developed in Brazil and Uruguay in the 1930s and 1940s and is essentially an indoor five-a-side game played with a smaller ball with less bounce. Coaches believe the surface, ball means players have to focus on creativity, technique, ball control and sharp passing.

Remarkably more people play futsal in Brazil than football although it does not attract the crowds of it’s 11 a side cousin. Indeed some of the very best players to play football have honed their skills playing futsal, including Lionel Messi, Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi and Ronaldo.

Despite what would seem obvious advantages Bristol City has become the only professional football club to tie up with an FA National Futsal League side for the 2014/15 season.

The club’s Community Trust has worked closely with the University of Bath Futsal Club to rename the side Bristol City Futsal Club, which will compete in the FA National Futsal League Midlands Division One.

The move will enable the club to develop its youth setup, with the Trust already running four teams at Under-18 level in the Football League Trust Futsal League – creating a pathway for aspiring young players.

Ian Parkes, Trust education manager and England Futsal international, said: “Bristol City Community Trust is delighted to drive forward the development of the newly-named Bristol City Futsal Club.

“To become the only professional football club playing in the National Futsal League is something we are very proud of. We are particularly excited about futsal’s potential in this country and we want to be at the forefront of its development.”

He added: “At the moment our young players don’t have anywhere to go after completing their courses with the Community Trust. With the formation of Bristol City Futsal Club, we’re now giving young futsal players a chance to progress in the game.”

Community Trust director Amy Kington added: “We are committed to developing better players, athletes, learners and people.

“Futsal is a great flavour of football and I am delighted that the city of Bristol now has a team competing at the highest level. It is a fantastic spectator sport and for those unfamiliar with the game I would urge you to come and watch.”

The 2014/15 season begins in September and runs to June 2015.

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