FA Futsal Youth Cup Northern Qualifier Round Update
Dorset’s qualifying competition for this season’s FA Youth Futsal Cup began in earnest on Saturday (2 Nov), with events running for both the Under 10 and Under 12 Boys’ categories at Leweston School in North Dorset.
Opening the day were the Under 10’s, with four teams taking part and looking to progress to the county final in December. While there were some excellent displays by all of the teams, one of the most pleasing aspects was how many of these teams were taking their first steps into futsal. Congratulations go to Wimborne & Holt and Greywood YFC who will take part in the county final at Bryanston School in December.
In the afternoon it was the turn of the Under 12’s, with several of the five teams returning after taking part in last year’s competition. The speed of play, as well as some of the combination play on show, demonstrated futsal at its best and ensured that every game was tightly contested. After all of the matches were played, it was Wimborne & Holt Youth and Lilliput FC Athletic who progressed through to December’s county final.
At this early stage in the players’ development, the format certainly showcased some fantastic technical ability in both age groups. In addition, it presented an opportunity to build on players’ psychological skills, as the rapidly evolving match situation caused them to respond to changes in scoreline. This was particularly interesting to see, as it is not one of the more commonly touted benefits of futsal.
With the first event completed we now move on to the next one on Saturday 16th November at Purbeck Sports Centre to see who will be joining these teams in the final.