The FA and Football Foundation have launched The FA Futsal Fund, investing £300,000 into the development of Futsal in England.
The scheme offers grants of either £1,500 or £3,000 to develop new youth futsal leagues across the country to increase the opportunity for players to play futsal on a regular basis in a structured games programme.
What is Futsal?
Step 1 – Eligibility
Who can apply?
- ✓County Football Associations who are running or plan to run leagues
- ✓Youth football or futsal leagues
- ✓Adult leagues setting up youth futsal provisions
- ✓Affiliated Clubs wishing to develop youth futsal leagues
- ✓PL & EFL Community Trusts
- ✓FA University Community Football Hubs
We will prioritise applications in the following categories:
- ✓Youth futsal leagues – u18s and below
- ✓Youth football leagues – u18s and below
- ✓County FA’s
Who can’t apply?
- ✘Profit making organisations
- ✘Football or Futsal Clubs wishing to create new teams
- ✘Educational establishments
- ✘Local authorities
- ✘Small sided providers
- ✘Groups wishing to apply for charitable status
- ✘Walking Football Clubs
- ✘Organisations seeking retrospective funding for costs that have already been made or are due before an offer of a grant has been awarded
Step 2 – The Grant
Applicants can receive funding to create either one or two new youth futsal leagues and grants of £1,500 per league and the grant will be split across two years.
The grant can be spent on the following items:
- Facility hire
- Referees/co-ordinator fees
- Marketing & promotion
- Affiliation & insurance fees
- FA safeguarding & welfare courses for on-site league co-ordinators
- FA DBS for on-site league co-ordinators
- FA First Aid courses for on-site league co-ordinators
As well as receiving a grant of either £1500 or £3000, all successful applicants will receive a small starter pack of 4 futsal balls, a ball carrier, and a scorecard.
What Constitutes a League?
- Games may be run on a monthly, weekly or bi-weekly basis but must deliver over a minimum of 7 rounds during a playing season.
- Leagues must be held in appropriate venues using futsal specific equipment
- Leagues must contain a minimum of 8 teams
- Leagues must be affiliated to your County FA and be administered using FA Full Time
- All referees must be qualified, and FA affiliated.
- Leagues must have a named welfare officer
For further guidance on what is expected for a new league, please see our guidance doc here:
Step 3 – Complete the application form
Applications are made through Grantshot, the Football Foundation’s online application portal.
If you have a Grantshot account, please login to start your application. If you do not already have an account, visit Grantshot to create one.
Applications close at 5pm on 2 August.
Applicants will be notified if they have been successful, or not, on 2 September.