The English Football League Trust Education & Futsal Programme offers 16 to 18 year olds (girls & boys) the chance to find passes on and off the pitch at pro-football clubs across the country, as they learn, train, play and work.
A perfect opportunity to engage in this fast and alternative way of playing football and learn in a professional sporting environment.
Currently running at 45 Football League clubs across the country, the programme offers students the opportunity to swap the classroom for online learning at the inspiring setting of the club’s stadium. For Level 3 entry, students require four A-C GCSEs (subject to confirmation), including English and Maths or a BTEC Level 2. Those who narrowly miss out on those grades will be considered for Level 1 or Level 2.
EFL Trust Futsal offers its graduates an array of exit routes, ranging from university education to a sporting career, both in the UK and overseas. A number of students have progressed to employment within their football club, whilst others have pursued Soccer Scholarships in the USA.
The League takes place on Wednesdays across the country, as rival clubs go head to head in regional divisions between September and June at state-of-the-art facilities including Play Football Futsal Arenas in Leeds, Swindon and Birmingham (Europe’s largest futsal venue), which plays host to EFL Trust Futsal National Finals. Division winners and high finishers qualify for the season’s grand finale, where EFL Trust National Futsal champions are crowned. EFL Trust Futsal is proving a driving force in the game’s UK growth: 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.
Futsal is the world’s fastest growing indoor sport, showcasing 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.
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