Sunday 10th July 2016 saw the launch of our own Junior Futsal League with over 150 children ranging in age from 5 to 12 taking part in a series of competitive fixtures.
The event was very much the first event of its kind in North Cumbria and South West Scotland in that it is a dedicated Junior Futsal league running throughout the season. The purpose of the league is not only grow the sport by getting more young people playing but also to educate coaches and players on the technical and tactical differences between Futsal and Football.
The competition format for the event is 4 rounds of fixtures one held in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. All fixtures are complete in a 2 hour window and cost commitment is low at £35 per team entry fee per round of games. The top two teams will feature in a show case grand finals event at the Sands Centre against teams invited from the North West and the North East at the end of the 2016/17 season.
The league tables are taking shape after the first round of fixtures with some excellent play on show from all of the teams.
In the U6/7 age group the goalkeeper of Dalston JBR made a real impression with a series of fantastic saves and this allowed them to secure top spot going into the Autumn round of fixtures in what were closely fought games.
Against Carlisle Futsal Crusaders U7 Finley Boertien put in a great performance scoring two and showing real instinct to break up attacks. The defeat ensured Carlisle Futsal were unable to claim joint top spot with Dalston JBR.
Carlisle City U7s created some great chances and can count themselves unlucky not to have finished with more points in what were closely contested games.
In the u8/9 category all of the teams showed a real competitive spirit taking points from each other but it was UniSun who came out on top using their physical strength and quality to win all of their matches and are now the team to beat going forward.
The stand out game though was between Carlisle Futsal and Stanwix. A really competitive fixture with players in both teams showing outstanding 1v1 ability. Those watching on in the crowd were impressed by Olly Woodruff representing Stanwix who put in a man of the match performance.
Leo Tindall grabbed a 5 minute hatrick for Carlisle Futsal against Upperby in the final game to guarantee Carlisle Futsal the points and second spot but Upperby played some great Futsal themselves on the afternoon,just missing out in a few games on the points. They did beat Stanwix who are an age group older 3-1 along the way in their best performance of the afternoon.
Pirelli also found themselves just on the wrong side of a few results and were arguably the best passing team with Tommy Judge and the goalkeeper making a real impression.
In the u10/11 category Crusaders and Dalston JBR fought for the top spot in a closely contested fixture with both teams winning all of their other fixtures. Dalston JBR edged it on this occasion but Crusaders will be looking to get revenge in the next fixture. Zak Fallowfield and Sam Hetherington for Dalston JBR played particularly well all afternoon.
UniSuns Wiktor Migawa helped his side to 5 points showing strength on the ball often against older opposition.
Carlisle City Sky another team who on the afternoon arguably put together some of the nicest Futsal moves as a team but just missed out on securing the points. Charlie Ellison finished a neat pass and move rotation which was a contender for Futsal goal of the day.
We would like to extend our thanks to the competition sponsors World Group, to the volunteers who helped organise and host the event and to the players and coaches of all the teams who entered who made the event a great success.
The date for the next round of fixtures will be announced shortly with late October looking most likely. We are also looking to recruit new teams for next season and are open to receiving enquires now. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org