Club History

Formed in 2007, Carlisle Futsal Club is one of England's oldest & most established Futsal clubs.


Long before Carlisle Futsal Club was officially formed, there was a Carlisle Futsal men's team who competed in the FA Futsal Cup and also took part in the Teeside University annual Futsal competition. The year was 2007; the team was little more than a group of friends playing for fun. The team's goalkeeper was 58 years old! Needless to say they did not fare too well in either competition and with no competitive playing opportunities in Cumbria the team folded shortly after. However, this was an important period in our club's history as those involved would use this experience to go on to form the club you know and love today.


Carlisle Futsal Club is officially founded by Al Tindall in September 2012, forming a steering group made up of Liam Jackson, Melissa Clarke and Jonny Fraser. The then England Goalkeeping Coach Tony Elliott, who lived locally, makes contact offering full support.


In February 2013, Jon Reay, Carl Bateson, Darren Gaffney and Ste Doran join the workforce as the club launch its first academy session -taking place outdoors on the tennis courts at Bitts Park for ages 3-6. Needless to say it wasn’t long before the club secured an indoor venue!


By 2015, our academy programme had gone from strength to strength with teams at u4 all the way through to u16. The U10s won the North West regional round of the FA Youth Futsal Cup – beating teams from Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria. The first sign our academy was developing great Futsal players.


A disastrous first half to the men’s debut National League season (2014/15) results in a reshape of the squad ahead of the transfer deadline. It worked and the club went on to finish 3rd in the league and remained unbeaten for the rest of the season. The season climaxed in an enthralling victory over league champions FS Derby at a sold-out Sands Centre Arena.


The club embarks on a 3-year plan to play at the highest level of domestic Futsal in the men's FA Futsal Super League, with the FA stating the top clubs will be taken into a televised league format by the 2017/18 season. This is achieved 12 months ahead of schedule with the club hiring Frank Chiarella and Chris Hodgson to lead the squad.


The 2015/16 season was turbulent. The FA did a dramatic u-turn on their commitment to Futsal leaving the state of the sport in England in limbo. Our club decided this uncertainty, coupled with the huge commitment required to support a team competing nationally, meant a new strategy was required for long term sustainability. After 2 games of the season, the men's team resigned from the FA Super League. Since then, we have been working through a 10-year plan of organic growth with huge success.......and the story continues.


The club’s operations are delivered by our dedicated team of coach volunteers. Our workforce has grown 220% since 2015 with over 20 coaches now involved with volunteering for our Club.


Providing our players with the best Futsal education means providing incredible inspiration experiences. In Dec 2017, our 2008 squad competed in the World Futsal Cup in Spain against the likes of Barcelona (Esp), Santos (Bra) and City Futsal (USA).


We want to make sure a pathway to elite Futsal exists for the most gifted players in the region, so in 2018 we opened our West Cumbria Performance Centre and in 2019 we launched our South Cumbria Performance Centre.


In 2019, we relaunched our men’s team competing in the National Futsal League once again providing a pathway to the top for all of our academy graduates.

National Futsal League Championship North2019-2020

The men's team claim the National Futsal League Championship North title after suffering just one defeat all season.

Moving on up2020/21

After impressing at Tier 3 in the National Futsal League the Club is encouraged by players and fans to apply for a place a at Tier 2. The club sails through the application process to begin a new journey with the National Futsal Series which will raise the standard of Futsal both on and off the court.


Carlisle Futsal Club is an English futsal club, based in North Cumbria. We feature one of the most prominent and established youth futsal academies in Great Britain.

Our mission is to create a Club that the people of Carlisle can be proud of.

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