SJFL Futsal 2022
At present around 60 teams (U7 – U10s) have entered Futsal 2022 and the league is also planning for disability teams to participate in futsal over the February half-term (more detail on this after Christmas). We all remain cautious of any further restrictions regarding access to Shrewsbury Sports Village and/or grassroots football, due to Covid, and the league will work with /support those restrictions that may be required and will keep member clubs informed/briefed as to any changes that may arise as a priority notice.
Unfortunately the league has had to cancel the Futsal training scheduled at the Sports Village, due to some SJFL Officers of the league’s management committee testing positive for Covid, and limited/restricted availability of others to assist with delivery of The Introduction to Futsal. The league is now putting together the course as an online package that meets requirements for coaches to participate at the SJFL Futsal 2022 event, which is programmed to start on Sunday 16th January 2022 and run for 9 consecutive Sundays there after. The League Secretary has completed the Futsal fixtures for the event and these will be published as soon as the online training is signed off by all the team coaches entered in the 2022 event. A Futsal 2022 Information Notice will also be posted on SJFL Full-Time News Board.
All team coaches new to Futsal must complete the Introduction to Futsal as set out below and sign the completion register.
Please start your SJFL Introduction To Futsal (On-line training awareness/activity) by following all links below and then sign the course register on completion:
*) SJFL Introduction to Futsal – Download your copy HERE
*) England Football Learning (Futsal World Cup 2021)
(Tournament Analysis – Football Learning Webinar)
Join Ian Parkes (FA Futsal Lead and Youth Coach Developer) and John Tapia-Owens (On The Court Magazine) as they discuss their observations from the 2021 Futsal World Cup. In this webinar they discuss their three key observations of the tournament and the evolving impact these have on each.
Following link HERE
*) Futsal training session – Attacking tactics:
Following link HERE
*) Futsal Goalkeeper Techniques | FA Learning Coaching Session:
Following link HERE
*) Why Futsal Will lead to the Next Generation of Football Players:
The increasing popularity of Futsal is starting to be seen in professional football, with players such as Max Kilman working their way into the Wolves first team squad. England manager Gareth Southgate stated how futsal will be the key to developing successful football players in the future, given how it develops some of the most important skills needed to succeed. This video will give you a run down of some of the basic strategies in futsal which are common at both elite and amateur level.
Following link HERE
*) The BOOT ROOM – Part Of FA England Football (Sessions on Coaching Futsal):
Following link HERE (select Discipline – Futsal)
*) SJFL FUTSAL Downloads:
Please reference the SJFL Mini-Soccer and Youth Futsal Handbook – download your copy HERE
Please read and reference the following Codes, Rules and Regulation applying SJFL Futsal:
• Futsal Code of Conduct SJFL – download HERE
• Futsal Rules and Regulations SJFL – download HERE
• Futsal 2022 Covid Guidance – download HERE
SJFL FUTSAL RESPECT FESTIVAL 2022:
SJFL Futsal 2022 will start on Sunday 16th January at Shrewsbury Sports Village and run for 5 consecutive Sundays to 13th February. We will then resume after the School half-term holidays on 6th March to 20th March 2022 (all subject to COVID regulations).
The festival will be for U7, U8, U9 and U10 teams and a session is also planned for disability teams to participate in futsal over the half-term break (details to follow).
Download your copy of the SJFL Futsal 2022 fixtures – HERE
Download the link to the Sports Village Coronavirus COVID-19 – HERE
Futsal For All – Disability Futsal Festival Feb 2022
Shropshire Junior Football League sponsored and facilitated a FOOTBALL FOR ALL Futsal festival to give access and opportunity to disability football teams to play futsal in a controlled, safe and friendly environment.
The festival, initiated by the junior league, was organised in partnership with Shropshire Football Association, who invited affiliated disability teams, prepared a risk assessment, plus the futsal programme of games, and Shrewsbury Sports Village who hosted the event on Sunday 20th Feb 2022. The junior league funded the event from their charity community account which has supported many worthy charities over the seasons including over £2000 donated to Shrewsbury and Oswestry Foodbanks last year during the height of the covid pandemic.
Seven teams from across the county (inc. one from Kidderminster) and over 50 players participated in the futsal festival, with each team playing four games. The junior league provided the futsal qualified referees and at the end of the festival presented every player with a medal to recognise their part in this inaugural event. Given the success and positive feedback, the Shropshire Junior Football League has agreed to continue to promote FOOTBALL FOR ALL – Futsal for Disability Teams by sponsoring the event as an annual festival and will look to host this at Shrewsbury Sports Village.
All photo calls courtesy of Becky Reid at SJFL
SJFL FUTSAL RESPECT FESTIVAL 2020:
Given the dreadful storms (Ciara and Dennis) in February cancelling all SJFL league fixtures and Futsal over a week-end and then Coronavirus closing down all grassroots football from 23rd March, SJFL has been most fortunate in being able to complete its twelfth consecutive Futsal in 2020 following the inaugural event in 2009. Again this year the Futsal Respect Festival included WE ONLY DO POSITIVE – KICK IT OUT event on 23rd February – read more on KIO here.
On Sundays, Futsal was dedicated to mini-soccer teams in the U7 to U10 development age groups and 61 teams enjoyed a full match programme of 16 fixtures each Sunday. This consisted of 32 teams and over 250 players participating each week from 9am to 5pm over the nine weeks of the festival which was held at Shrewsbury Sports Village.
A cumulative total of 288 (U7 to U10) teams and 2250 participants competed in the fixture programme over the nine weeks of the Futsal Respect Festival – that’s an amazing achievement!
All games we officiated by by two futsal qualified referees with three league officers supervising the event (inc. League Welfare Officer and Respect Co-Ordinator).
For a second year a Mid-Week Futsal programme was organised at Shrewsbury Sports Village for U11 and U13 teams enabled by the league receiving a FA Grant to ‘Grow The Game’ at Futsal. The fixture programme had 8x U11 teams and 6x U13 teams competing in trophy events on Wednesday and Friday evenings between 6pm and 8pm. Although only two hour evening slots, each week 8x teams and over 60 players competed in the Futsal Trophy festival and over the nine weeks a cumulative total of 72 teams and 540 players enjoyed playing futsal. The SJFL is very proud to be the leading provider of Futsal across the county and wider football regions. Since 2009 the league has provided Futsal as part of player development within the league’s FA CS Plan and, having recived a FA Futsal Grant, to ‘Grow The Game’, the league was able to offer free entry fees to U7 teams, discounted fees to U8s and maintain team entry fees for U9 upwards at the same level as previous year. View and download SJFL Futsal 2020 teams photos and action shots below:
The latest Futsal fixtures can be downloaded below:
SJFL Futsal 2020 Fixtures U7 – U10 (Sundays) download here SJFL Futsal 2020 Fixtures U11 (Fridays) download here SJFL Futsal 2020 Fixtures U13 (Wednesdays) download here All SJFL Futsal 2020 fixtures will be posted on FA Full-Time. KICK IT OUT and WE ONLY DO POSITIVE will take place on Sunday 23rd February with presentations by SJFL, SFA Youth Council and Georgia Williams Trust supported by Shropshire FA.
SJFL Futsal 2019All the News from Futsal 2019 can be followed here
The Mini-Socer and Youth Futsal Handbook – download book here
FUTSAL RESPECT FESTIVAL: U7 to U10s (Sundays) 13th January 2019 – 10th March 2019: U12 & U14s (Weds & Fridays) 9th Jan2019 to 8th March 2019 held at Shrewsbury Sports Village.
The SJFL Futsal Respect Festival will be in its eleventh year and again hosted by Shrewsbury Sports Village (part of the Community Football Partnership). The Futsal festival will run every Sunday through January, February and into March 2019 (U7-U10s) and Weds/Friday evenings for U12-U14s. Last year 86 teams entered and over 800 participants enjoyed the event making it the best ever SJFL Futsal event organised by any the league. Can we do better this year? YES we can as over 90 teams have entered!!SJFL’s Futsal Respect Festival is back for 2018 Now in its tenth year and again hosted by Shrewsbury Sports Village (as part of the SJFL/SSV Community Football Partnership) the SJFL Futsal Respect Festival 2018 will run every Sunday through January, February and into March 2018. With more than 70 teams entered from U7/crèche, U8, U9 & U10s over 700 participants and a programme of 144 fixtures this is the leading Futsal event organised by the league! The Festival opens on 7th Jan with an introduction to Futsal and football for U7/crèche teams. This day will see 10 teams participating across a 20 game match programme with up to 100 players participating in the event.
The following week (14th Jan) sees the start of the main Futsal Respect Festival for the U8, U9 & U10 teams. Over the following 8 weeks 32 teams will compete each Sunday and over 300 players will participate each match day. On top of this a new Mid-Week Futsal programme (following a FA Futsal grant for older age groups – U11plus) will also take place at the Sports Village – watch this space for more news! Futsal is a key enabler for player development and the league also uses the event to promote respect in the game. For the second year running U7/crèche teams will open the event and will play as part of their introduction to organised football and Futsal. Teams don’t play for points or medals but are recognised/assessed on Respect and Fair Play and the Respect team winners are awarded for each age group (ie) for each U8, U9 and U10. These are 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 the Georgia Williams Trust, Sportsjam and Kidz in Focus produce the official photographs – all as Sponsors and Supporters of the SJFL. Mid-Week Futsal Event: Following a successful grant from The FA, SJFL will be running, for the first time, a mid-week Futsal Match programme for older age groups – U11upwards. The FA grant also enabled the purchase and gift to the Sports Village of a new set of Futsal goals and Futsal footballs, pitch markers and team bibs for the league. SJFL, in partnership with Shropshire FA , will also run a Level.1 Futsal coaching course which is offered to league member club team coaches free of charge ( on assessed application basis). All this enriches and develops the already excellent partnership with the Sports Village and secures SJF Futsal will be played and hosted at this excellent facility for the next three years. What is Futsal? 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 currently the leading FA County in regards to Futsal and holds annual men’s and women’s Futsal tournaments, junior club one off tournaments and school tournaments. The real breakthrough though came when the Shropshire Junior League expressed an interest in playing Futsal in 2008 and put on the first county Futsal match programme. Since then the county has seen increased interest in the game with county and regional Futsal games and school programmes now being delivered within each School Sports Partnership with Shropshire FA holding District School Futsal Cups culminating a County Schools Finals day. Futsal 2017
“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: shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk/futsal-scores-a-winner-with-eager-youngsters 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.
Kick It Out (Lets kick racism out of football): The attached photo calls (courtesy of Kidz in Focus – Official Photographers to SJFL) show a snap shot of the recent Kick It Out Campaign Day held at the Shrewsbury Sports Village as part of the Shropshire Junior Football League’s Futsal Respect Festival, in partnership with the Georgia Williams Trust, Shropshire FA Youth Council, Shropshire Football Association and Sportsjam. It was a great opportunity to promote and raise awareness of the Kick It Outcampaign and was a fantastic success with over 100 players, managers / coaches and supporters having short presentations/talks by representatives from the SFA Youth Council about the Kick It Out, (Lets kick racism out of football), before their Futsal matches. Players also received badges, arm bands, wrist bands and other promotion material as a reminder of the day and the importance of Kick It Out. Please read the testimonials below in support of Kick It Out and for more information on Kick It Out please follow the attached link http://www.kickitout.org/ Kick It Out, is an extremely important campaigning organisation within the FA in eradicating racism from football. Football is such a universal game where a lot of people connect and by reaching so many people it’s appropriate to try and send out good messages through that medium. Racism is something we have to rise above and change – we need to talk about it more. Everyone should be treated equally – regardless of race, gender, sexuality, views or looks. Everyone deserves the right to be themselves and express their opinions on what they think on different matters. What racism or any sort of discrimination comes down to is ignorance. It’s lack of knowledge. The more knowledge and life experience we accumulate, the more tolerant we become where we can see people for who they are, what they are, and how they have become to be the way they are. Just because someone is racist doesn’t necessarily mean they are a bad person, it means they lack the knowledge and that’s why campaigning organisations like Kick It Out are so important. Education starts at home, in schools, junior football leagues/clubs and everywhere around us so we need to be teaching young people that everyone is equal and work together to eradicate racism and discrimination altogether – not just in football but everyday life. For more info on the work of the Shropshire Junior League please follow the attached link https://shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk// Mike Hames Chairman SJFL. *) Shropshire FA Youth Council were delighted to partner the Shropshire Junior Football League and Georgia Williams Trust to support the delivery of their Kick It Out Campaign Shropshire FA Youth Council representatives Harry Coles, Regan Gough and Joe Jones delivered Kick It Out talks to players, managers, coaches and supporters taking part in the Shropshire Junior League winter Futsal Respect Festival development programme. The Kick it Out Campaign aims to deliver the message of inclusion and anti–discrimination within the football, educational and community sectors encouraging inclusive practiced and work for positive change. Harry Coles of the Shropshire FA Youth Council said………….: “This was a great opportunity for Regan, Joe and myself to really get the message across to the players and also the parents on how important the Kick it Out Campaign is and what they can do to help raise awareness within their roles in Football. It was also a excellent opportunity for the Shropshire FA Youth Council to partner with the Shropshire Junior League and also the Georgia Williams Trust. We look forward to continuing our ever-growing relationship with the Shropshire Junior League and hope through this new partnership it will support the development of the League, as well as help raise awareness of The Shropshire FA Youth Council and the work we do.” For more info on the Shropshire FA Youth Council follow the link: http://www.shropshirefa.com/other/sfayouth-council Eve Bailey Shropshire FA Football Development Officer (Lead on Girls & Women’s / Disability / Young Leadership) *) The Georgia Williams Trust is honoured to be the Respect Partners with the Shropshire Junior Football League as It’s most apt as we also promote respect in our Trust – this is between others in every way – not just in sports, but in everyday life. Charities spring up for many reasons all over the world sometimes they have a specific cause, some help those who suffer from an illness, are aimed at restoring a building or supporting a club but we believe The Georgia Williams Trust is just a little different. We are a charity dedicated to providing a lasting long term legacy to an exceptional young lady. With the money raised, we will celebrate Georgia’s life by enabling young people in the community to access adventure, outdoor activities and volunteering. The Trust aims to help children reach their goals in life and looks at ways to get as many children involved as possible, and perhaps achieve something they didn’t think possible. Racism is a lack of knowledge and respect for each other and that’s why campaigning organisations like Kick It Out are so important. We are pleased to be the SJFL respect partners and support the league’s campaigns such as Kick It out in that everyone around us is equal and by working together we can eradicate racism and discrimination altogether. For more info on the Georgia Williams Trust please follow the link http://www.thegeorgiawilliamstrust.org/ Lynnette Williams Georgia Williams Trust *) This was a great opportunity for Sportsjam, as the Shropshire Junior Football League’s Futsal sponsors, to support such an important event as the Kick it Out Campaign and help raise awareness to racism within Football. Thankfully I’ve not witnessed racism on the football pitch but it’s still sad to know that racism goes on in everyday life. . I’d hate to live in the fear that every time I stepped out onto the football field I’d hear slurs or negative comments – that type of behaviour is unacceptable, ruins the beautiful game and fundamentally hurts people. We are pleased to support the league’s campaign Kick It Out and hopefully by working together we can eradicate racism and discrimination from football. For more info on Sportsjam please follow the link http://www.sportsjamwebshop.co.uk/shropshire-youth-league Craig Price Sportsjam
On the two photo calls (courtesy of Kidz in Focus):• Georgia Williams Trust, SFA Youth Council, SJFL Officers, Shropshire FA and Sportsjam show the flag and support to Kick It Out • Players, referees, sponsors , SJFL officers, SFA and FA representatives show their commitment to Kick It Out 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. Mike Hames Chairman Shropshire Junior Football League Follow Futsal and more junior football at the league’s website on shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk
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.