Last weekend saw a festival of fast and furious Futsal action as 45 teams from across Hertfordshire came together to contest our Youth Futsal Cup
Now in its seventh year, this competition was originally set up to promote Futsal, offer an opportunity to try Futsal in a competitive environment and provide a route into The FA Youth National Futsal Cup, and these core aims still remain the same even as it has grown with the ever increasing interest in the format across the county.
This year saw a record number of entries across the different age groups, resulting in a tournament that saw 120 fixtures completed across 3 courts in just under 8 hours.
In line with the aims of the event, this included both experienced teams from established Futsal clubs as well as those who were trying the format competitively for the first time. Nevertheless the standard of play on show was outstanding, with spectators treated to a fantastic view of the action from the gallery at Herts Sports Village.
With games lasting 8 minutes and just two minutes between fixtures throughout the day, there was plenty of opportunity to absorb the unique spectacle of this fast paced format.
Hertfordshire FA Chair Brian Curtis commented “Right across the age groups the level of skill on show today has been highly impressive. It has been thoroughly enjoyable to watch and a great advert for the beneficial role of Futsal in the development of young players”.
In the four different age groups there was both a mixed and a girls competition, each featuring six teams aiming to be crowned county Futsal champions.
Teams played each other once, with the league leaders securing the cup. This led to some very close finishes, with the destination of one trophy decided on goal difference. Full details of the results from the day can be found on Full Time.
The winners from this event will now go on to represent Hertfordshire at a regional competition, where they will have the chance to qualify for the national finals.
Hertfordshire FA Football Development Officer Kieran Fox said: “We would like to thank all the teams for taking part in what has been a very exciting day of action. It’s encouraging to hear so many of those taking part say they want to play more in this format.
Congratulations to all of our winners and best of luck in the next stage of the competition”.
Taking place in the middle of The FA’s “21 Days of Positivity” initiative, the event also placed a strong focus on creating the right environment in which players could enjoy themselves, with coaches signing our “We Only Do Positive” pledge.
Hertfordshire FA Designated Safeguarding Officer Richard Drake said “Despite the fast and competitive nature of the games, it was all played in a very positive and encouraging atmosphere, with coaches demonstrating their support for the Respect campaign”.
For those wishing to expand their involvement in Futsal, we offer dedicated courses for both coaches and referees aimed at this format of the game.
Hertfordshire FA Youth Futsal Cup 2019 Winners
U10 - ProFutsal Academy
U10 Girls - Watford FC Girls
U12 - MMM Futsal
U12 Girls - Watford FC Girls
U14 - ProFutsal Academy
U14 Girls - Watford FC Girls
U16 - Bury Rangers
U16 Girls - Garston Ladies Lionesses