Posted By : Nathan Batchelor
The League is looking at its Futsal provison.
For U7-U11 see below for the winter programme and to register your interest by Monday 2nd October.
For U12-U16 the League is looking at a summer offering in May on a Sunday - http://tinyurl.com/ybp5nckf
**CALLING ALL LEAGUE CLUBS WITH ANY TEAMS COMPETING AT U7 - U11 LEVEL**
Dear Manager / Club Secretary,
I am now in a position to offer a Futsal programme throughout the winter period of 2017/18. As in previous years, the programme is open to ALL CLUBS with any teams playing at U7-U11 level. We are also hoping to develop a programme for U12-U16 at some point in 2018, subject to funding and suitability of venues.
You will be aware that, for the majority of you, the first part of the ordinary league/cup season finishes on 26 November 2017 and the second part commences on 5 February 2018. Futsal will slot into a programme between these dates. A seven-week programme has been arranged, taking place on the following SUNDAYS:
· 03 December 2017
· 10 December 2017
· 17 December 2017
· CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR BREAK
· 07 January 2018
· 14 January 2018
· 21 January 2018
· 28 January 2018
In order to retain consistency of location, plus taking into account that a number of previously used venues are either unavailable or can only offer a single booking over the seven week period, the entire Futsal programme will once again be held at Rotherham Football Centre.
Rotherham Football Centre successfully held all 500+ fixtures for our Futsal programme last winter and have been able to offer us a comprehensive package this time around. Indeed, we have secured use of all four of their indoor pitches. These pitches are of 3G standard, and whilst this may not be to the true tradition of Futsal, the pitches are approved by the County FA and have been recently sourced from Chelsea Football Club.
We will be providing our own newly qualified Futsal referees to officiate all matches at the venue, and a qualified first-aider will be onsite – again, provided by Rotherham Football Centre. There is ample room for parking (70 vehicles) and there is also a reception area, classroom, and facility to purchase hot food and snacks.
ENTRIES / DETAILS:
Even though we are having to again consolidate this year’s programme at one venue, we wish to open this opportunity to as many teams as possible. There are spaces for 160 teams in total to take part of the seven week period, with 32 from each of the five age groups required for a full programme. Where demand exceeds supply, a random draw will take place to determine which teams have been awarded one of the 32 slots.
The logistics for a fixture list have been drafted and it must be noted that teams will NOT play on consecutive weekends. So please be prepared to play friendly matches if you’re not allocated a Futsal game on any given weekend. As a rule of thumb, over the seven week period, teams will be expected to play on three of these seven weekends, and be on-site for a maximum period of two hours. Each team will play seven fixtures over the course of the programme.
Again, the fixture list will be provided to clubs/managers well in advance – ideally before the second weekend of October. Further details of the schedule will be released in due course.
The cost for entry this year, with the price per team of £70 as per team. If, as a club, you choose to enter multiple teams, then this would be £70, £140 and so on.
Deadline for this is 2nd October to register – complete the form at http://tinyurl.com/y9ax9tk2
In terms of playing conditions, as a guide, the matches will be 5v5 and of twenty minutes duration. Managers can name a squad of up to 10 players for the Futsal programme.
As with last season, for the programme to run successfully, I require 32 teams per age group.
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