English Futsal in 2019/20
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
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It has been a long summer and the dust is still to settle but we are now armed with (some of) the knowledge of how our senior futsal landscape will look for 2019/20. Clubs, players and even leagues with announcement after announcement, it is almost time for the talking to stop and the playing to begin.
We learned some months back that The FA would no longer provide funding to the National Futsal League (NFL) and instead create a competition of its own, The National Futsal Series (NFS), that would help catapult the quality of the futsal ‘product’ forward in England.
Hopefully now that silly season is about to be put behind us, individuals and clubs can come together in the one thing that unites us all; our love for all things futsal in England.
The National Futsal Series announced the competition with a statement on
(with an official launch planned to take place prior to England vs. Germany at St. George's Park on September 21st) following weeks of planning and numerous communications with the clubs that submitted their applications.
The NFL also provided their latest update on
including details of how the format will work, and have subsequently followed up with the full list of teams.
Regrettably there have been some clubs that have withdrawn/declined entry to the competitions for various reasons, in some cases meaning that the clubs have not continued for this coming season. Fortunately they will be offset in places where new clubs have entered and in extreme cases it is noted that clubs have gone from nothing and then straight into Tier 2 of the NFS, showing just how much dedication has been applied in this off-season.
So how does the competition landscape look for this coming year?
Tier One - ‘The FA National Futsal Series One’ is a national division containing eight teams, the pinnacle of English futsal.
Tier Two - ‘The FA National Futsal Series Two’ is made up of two regional divisions, directly below the NFS One in the same competition. NFS Two North has eight teams, NFS Two South has nine teams.
Tier Three and below - This is everything that sits outside of the NFS and is based (generally) on regional divisions. Competitions include the National Futsal League, AOC, BUCS etc.
Women’s Super Series - This is the NFS women’s competition (on which we are awaiting confirmation of divisions/teams)
Whilst the talk of tiers has confused some, it is worth noting that Tiers One and Two are part of the same competition (NFS) but everything in Tier Three is outside of that and in some cases have further ‘tiers’ inside their own competitions.
Entry into NFS One / Two is strictly by application only, as has been the case this summer, and the winner of a Tier Three competition (e.g. the NFL) does not automatically have the option of joining NFS Two. Teams wishing to join have to submit their application, just as other prospective clubs do along with the relegated teams from NFS Two, if they wish to re-enter.
London Helvecia Futsal Club
Manchester Futsal Club
Kent United Futsal Club
Loughborough Students Futsal Club
Team United Birmingham
Worcester Futsal Club
Bolton Futsal Club
Derby Futsal Club
Cheshire Futsal Club
University of Nottingham Futsal Club
Washington Futsal Club
Sunderland University - Team Sunderland
Loughborough Students Futsal Club (Development Team)
Birmingham Tigers Futsal
Bedford Futsal Club
London Genesis Futsal Club
Sussex Futsal Club
MK Mavericks Futsal Club
Chelsea FC Foundation Futsal
London Helvecia Futsal Club (Development Team)
Kent UTD Futsal Club (Development Team)
London Baku United
University of Liverpool
Reading Royals Dev