We know from discussions with several clubs that the FA’s decision to remove our league from the futsal pathway in April and then reinstate us last Friday has caused understandable confusion and may have dissuaded some from entering a team into our competition for next season.
Because of this confusion, which was beyond the control of clubs and our league, the LNFS England Directors are happy to consider applications for the 2021/22 season until June 21st.
The LNFS England league structure will be finalised at our AGM next month. This structure will be based on evidence of each team’s competitive standard. In order to maintain league and sporting integrity, any team entering the league after next season will do so via our lowest tier.
The benefits of LNFS England membership next year include:
LNFS England ownership
- Joint democratic ownership and control of your league with other Member Clubs. LNFS England is wholly owned by all its Member Clubs via the National Futsal League Community Interest Company.
- A major say in how the league is run. All Directors of the league are democratically elected annually by the clubs, who are encouraged to nominate candidates as Directors to help run all aspects of the league for the benefit of Member Clubs.
- Partnership with the Spanish LNFS, the world’s foremost futsal league, exposing English futsal clubs, players, and coaches to truly elite futsal.
- Membership of a growing international community of LNFS Associations in the United States, the Baltic, and elsewhere, offering opportunities to work with, play against, and learn from futsal clubs and organisations worldwide.
- Affiliation to the Football Association as an independent futsal league, owned by and accountable to its clubs.
LNFS England organisation
- Competitive balance and travel minimisation, with teams placed in either the Premiership North or South divisions, or in the Championship North, Midlands, or South divisions. Movement between these divisions is by the normal process of promotion and relegation.
- Co-ordination of youth leagues to ensure a smooth and competitive development pathway from junior to senior futsal.
- Home and away matches in local venues. The LNFS England playing model is based on teams playing at least 10 home and 10 away matches each season in the best available local venues, as identified through our futsal arenas database. Central venues are only used for play-off matches at the end of each season.
- Every team has something to play for until the end of the season, including divisional championships and promotion/relegation playoffs.
- Opportunities to play high-quality opposition from other countries. There is an annual Anglo-Spanish club tournament for Premiership North and South winners; we are also in discussion with clubs from other Home Nations to start an annual British Club Futsal Cup; and further international playing initiatives in Europe and further afield are available.
- Workshops on club development and club mentoring delivered by local and international experts, including Futsal World Cup winning coaches from LNFS clubs.
LNFS England funding and awards
- All surplus funds are reinvested in the league. As a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, the National Futsal League reinvests all surplus funds into development of the league. For example, next season the league will pay for one of the two referees officiating at every league match in order to help clubs recover from the financial burden of the pandemic.
- Value for money. LNFS England Directors do not receive any salary or expenses and a major aim is to make futsal widely accessible by keeping the cost of league entry as low as possible.
- Awards and trophies. Each season divisional winners receive a trophy to keep, and their squad members receive winners’ medals. Divisional Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards are made to the top goal scorers and the goalkeepers with the best record. Divisional Coach of the Year awards are voted on by all coaches in each division.
- Sponsorship by Joma and L4 Teamwear to deliver free match balls and discounted playing kit to all clubs.
- Access to funding opportunities from an independent, futsal-specific charity set up to help encourage well run futsal clubs and democratically accountable futsal leagues.
- A partnership with Koi Sports C.I.C. to provide ongoing support, coaching, and mentoring for LNFS England and its Member Clubs, help them build partnerships with businesses, and attract financial investment.
- Comprehensive health, injury, and illness insurance for players and clubs from Our Game Football.
LNFS England communications
- A high-quality website which includes news and views, fixtures and results, team and player profile pages and comparison charts, plus automatic display of player tweets.
- A regular newsletter to help develop and maintain communications between clubs and Directors, plus all Directors can be contacted by ‘phone or email and welcome feedback to help improve the league.
- Broadcasting. LNFS England’s YouTube channel broadcasts at least 40 matches and highlights each season, drawing upoOn LNFS experience to developing a realistic and achievable broadcasting strategy.
- Match analysis. LNFS England’s partnership with Proindia provides video match analysis to help clubs improve individual and team performance.
Ewan Minter, LNFS England Communications Director, is happy to discuss your club’s application in complete confidence either by email or on the ‘phone. Please feel free to contact him.