The National Futsal League (NFL) has existed for 12 years and constituted the top three tiers of English open-age league futsal for men and women up to and including the 2018/19 season.
In March 2019 the previous NFL Management Committee was informed by the Football Association (FA) that its funding would be removed and passed to a new competition called the National Futsal Series which would now comprise the top two tiers of men’s futsal and all women’s futsal previously run under the NFL. All NFS matches would be played in central venues with all teams in each division playing at the same venue on the same day.
At the NFL Annual General Meeting in July 2019 a new Management Committee was elected. The aim of this committee was to provide a national competition for all teams that were unable or unwilling to comply with criteria for joining the NFS, until such a time as a reintegration of the NFL and NFS could be negotiated.
The 2019-20 season was cut short by Covid-19 and the NFL Management Committee decided that this was now a good time to survey the opinions of players and coaches on what had gone well during the season and what could be improved upon.
Two separate emails were sent to players and coaches in May 2020, with links to Surveymonkey questionnaires. This report summarises the main survey findings. It also provides context for each issue raised by survey respondents, and the Management Committee’s proposed response to these issues. Survey response rates were approximately 20% for players and 70% for club coaches.
The report above summarises the survey findings, which the NFL is acting upon.