Futsal finals set for Surrey this weekend
07 June 2011
This weekend sees the six best Futsal teams in England head to Surrey to compete in The FA National Futsal League Grand Finals.
With the top two teams from the three regional Futsal Leagues all qualifying for the Finals, it will be decided at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford as to who can claim the bragging rights for 2011.
So far, Helvecia have been the unrivalled success story of the National Futsal League, winning the title in the first two years and they are back again to try and retain their crown again this year.
They are sure to face competiton though, with Manchester FC and Sheffield FC from the North League, Team United Birmingham FC and Chippenham FC from the Midlands League and FC Baltic from the Southern League joining London-based Helvecia in the Finals.
Entry to watch the games is free and they start on Saturday 11 June between 10.30am and 9pm when there will be six back-to-back play-off matches.
The Grand Final itself will then take place at 3pm on Sunday 12 June.
Paul Blanchard, Surrey Sports Park Chief Executive, said, “We are delighted to be hosting the FA National Futsal Grand Finals for a second consecutive season and we are looking forward to another spectacular display of professional futsal this weekend.”
Simon Walker, FA National Manager for Small Sided Football, said, “Futsal is rapidly growing in England, the pace, energy and skill create an exciting spectacle for both the teams involved and those watching. The FA National Futsal League Grand Finals is the pinnacle of the Futsal season – and will be an outstanding exhibition of top-level English Futsal. We are delighted to bring such a prestigious event to Surrey and we are sure that it will encourage people in this area to get involved with Futsal. Come and watch the game that helped make Fabregas, Ronaldo, Iniesta, Kaka the players that they are today.”
Pete Sturgess, Head Coach of the England National Futsal Team, said,“One of the critical factors in the recent success and progress of the England National Futsal team has been the development of the FA National Futsal Leagues. The establishment of these leagues has given the opportunity for players to play regular Futsal at an ever improving standard and intensity, this is crucial to the development of the game in this country and for the National side. The Grand Finals are a chance for the best players in the country to come together and stake a claim for a place in the England team.”