The Football League Trust Education & Futsal Programme offers 16 to 18 year olds (male and female) the chance to find passes on and off the pitch at Football League clubs across the country, as they learn, train, play and work:
Learn: Study towards a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (worth up to three A-Levels)
Train: Regular Futsal coaching to develop technical, tactical and physical ability
Play: Represent their local professional club in FLT Futsal League and other cup competitions
Work: Open the door to University courses and careers in the sports industry
Through the programme students are able to gain a BTEC and play Futsal for their local professional club in The Football League Trust Futsal League.
The programme is aimed at young people who have a passion for football and a desire to progress to university or work in sport. Unlike a regular college course, students on the FLT Education and Futsal programme use an online platform that offers modern, paperless learning at the football club, allowing students to swap the mundane classroom for studying in a sporting environment.
The entry requirements to join this pioneering programme are four A-C GCSEs including English and Maths or a BTEC Level 2.
The programme offers an array of exit routes, ranging from a university education (including Football League Trust’s Community Football Coaching & Development Foundation Degree) to careers in the sports and leisure sector, both in the UK and overseas. A number of students have progressed to employment within their football club, whilst several have pursued Soccer Scholarships in the USA.
What is Futsal?
Futsal is the world’s fastest growing indoor sport, which showcases close ball skills, increased touches, quick decision making, creativity and tactical nous. Considered by many as football in its purest form, the five-a-side game using hockey size goals and a size four ball with 30% less bounce is the only officially recognised form of indoor football accepted by UEFA and FIFA.
Set to become a future Olympic Sport, the free-flowing game was played by football stars as juniors, including Zidane, Xavi, Messi, Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo.
What is The Football League Trust Futsal League?
The national Football League Trust Futsal League (FLTFL) takes place on Wednesdays across the country between September and June, as rival clubs go head to head in 8 regional divisions. Fixtures take place at state-of-the-art facilities, including @Futsal Arena’s in Leeds, Swindon and Birmingham, Europe’s largest futsal venue, which plays host to FLT Futsal National Finals.
Division winners and high finishers qualify to compete in the season’s grand finale, where the FLT National Futsal champions are crowned. What’s more, the winning League 1 club heads off to Barcelona on an end of season futsal tour.
This season has also seen the introduction of the Soccer AM Futsal Cup, a collaborative event between FLT Futsal and Soccer AM. The competition, which runs between October and April, has a regular feature on the popular Saturday morning programme, and provides the winning side with another opportunity to head to Barcelona at the end of the season.
The FLT Education and Futsal programme is proving a driving force in the game’s UK growth, as a foundation for players to go further. Future stars continue to emerge, with many players catching FA National League and England scouts’ eyes. Frequent call-ups to England development squads are a testament to the programme’s production of talent.