The SJFL’s 2016 Futsal Respect Festival is now in its eighth year and with 62 teams entered and over 600 participants this is the most successful event ever! The respect winners are-sponsored by Sportsjam and Kidz in Focus produce the programme as official photographers to the league. Futsal is a key enabler for player development and the league uses the event to promote respect in the game. Respect winners are awarded for each age group U8, U9 and U10 decided through respect match reports – players, managers/coaches and their supporters after each game/day of the tournament. The winners are listed above and received their awards at the league’s Presentation day held at Grenhous Meadow Stadium.
Under 8 winners – Shrewsbury Juniors. Photo courtesy of Kidz in Focus.
Under 9 winners – Bayston Hill Juniors. Photo courtesy of Kidz in Focus.
Under 10 winners – Baschurch Juniors. Photo courtesy of Kidz in Focus.
Futsal’ is a five a side game, played on an open sided pitch with specific goals and a size 4 football with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head height. The initiative is hugely popular in many countries, including some of England’s most revered football opposition. Most notably, Brazil and Spain use the game as a means to develop technical ability in youngsters and provides further opportunities for their club and national teams to gain domestic and national honours respectively. The dynamics of the game mentioned above, highlight key differences to regular ‘ 5 a side’, that we recognise as standard. These factors, simply promote a fast highly skilled and technically demanding game that generates increased attention from spectators and prospective players
Shropshire is one of the leading counties in regards to Futsal; the county holds annual men’s and women’s Futsal tournaments, junior club one off tournaments and one off school tournaments.
2008 saw increased interest in the game and school programmes are now being delivered within each School Sports Partnership with Shropshire FA planning to hold District School Futsal Cups in March culminating a County Schools Finals day. The real breakthrough though came when the Shropshire Junior League expressed an interest in playing Futsal.
“extract from interview by Nick Elwell Shropshire Star Grassroots editor and Mike Hames Shropshire Junior League Chairman”
At a time when participation numbers are dropping in leagues up and down the country, the SJFL are more than holding their own and also looking to the future having expanded their successful Futsal Festival:
SJFL’s Futsal Respect Festival – now in its ninth year – has started at Shrewsbury Sports Village and runs every Sunday through January and February 2017. With 70 teams entered this year from U7/crèche. U8. U9 & U10s , over 650 participants and a programme of 134 fixtures this is the best ever SJFL Futsal event to date!
Futsal is a key enabler for player development and the league also uses the event to promote respect in the game. This year, for the first time, U7/crèche teams will play as part of their introduction to organised football and Futsal. Teams don’t play for points or medals but are recognised/judged on Respect / Fair Play and Respect winners are awarded for each age group (U8, U9 and U10) – decided through respect match reports on players, managers/coaches and their supporters after each game/day of the Futsal festival. A team from each age group U8, U9 and U10 will receive their Respect awards at the league’s Presentation Day held at Grenhous Meadow Stadium. The Respect awards are-sponsored by Sportsjam , Kidz in Focus produce all official photographs and Shrewsbury Sports village, in partnership with Shropshire FA and SJFL host the event each year.
U7/crèche teams from Meole Brace Juniors, Llanymynech Juniors, Shrewsbury Juniors, Up & Comers and Whitchurch Alport Juniors opened the Futsal festival and listed below are the group photo calls of the teams, SJFL officials and match day referees.
All photo calls are courtesy of and thanks to Kidz in Focus
To view the 2017 fixtures and rules for the tournament, please click on the links below:
In addition the League was successful in securing a grant from The FA (see letter here from Simon Walker). The league has already purchased new Futsal goals, which have been delivered to the Sports Village.
Shropshire Junior Football League
Follow Futsal and more junior football at the league’s website on shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk