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The FA Futsal Fund

The FA Futsal Fund

The FA Futsal Fund logo 2019

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


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.

Applicants will be notified if they have been successful or not week commencing 2nd September.

This scheme is closed for applications.