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The FA Futsal Fund

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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?

Read a beginner's guide to 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

Prioritisation

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?

  • Individuals
  • 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
  • Equipment 
  • 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: 

Read the new league guidance document

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.

Apply for The FA Futsal Fund grant