This week, Liverpool County FA will be continuing to announce the winners of this year’s FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards (GFA), which acknowledge and celebrate the incredible leagues, clubs and volunteers involved in the game across Merseyside.
During what is a difficult time for so many of us, with grassroots football hit incredibly hard, it is a pleasure to be able to pay tribute to just some of the many factors that make our game so special – and emphasise why, when we can come back, we’ll come back stronger.
Liverpool County FA is delighted to announce the winner of the Grassroots Project of the Year – the Liverpool Futsal League.
Liverpool Futsal League was established in February 2019, based in a tennis centre that had been modified for Futsal. The league operates on a Friday evening and aims to give youth players, aged 6-16, an opportunity to have a taste of Futsal and use it to continue their football/Futsal journey. The league has four members who operate and co-ordinate up to 24 games across six pitches each and every Friday night, also utilising new and experienced FA Futsal qualified referees.
The league was an instant hit with local clubs signing their teams up to play, after just a couple of weeks the league was running at full capacity, with weekly fixtures for U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U14 and U16 age groups. Benefiting from weeks of postponements on grass pitches, Futsal gave teams the chance to carry on playing when all other formats were off. The league operates a flexible approach to fixtures and as a result now has over 80 teams registered (boys and girls).
The league set out to give teams a taster of Futsal and act as qualifiers for The FA Pokemon Cup but it soon became an essential part of the Merseyside grassroots community. The atmosphere and buzz on a Friday night is genuinely great to see, the league caters for teams and players who are playing their first-ever games to highly competitive U16 games. The league is always looking out to support its clubs and players and have delivered several CPD workshops and Level 1 in Coaching Futsal courses to continue to develop the sport in our area.
The league has a tremendous amount of positive feedback from clubs and although it does not like turning teams away, before lockdown kicked in, it had to give teams a free week as it could not physically accommodate any more fixtures. The league is always looking to develop and looking at alternative venues (very difficult to find anything suitable) in its areas to accommodate more teams as well as revive a men's Futsal league that was once very strong in the area.
On behalf of everybody at Liverpool County FA, congratulations to everybody associated with Liverpool Futsal League.