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Expression of Interest for LNFS England

The application window to join LNFS England next season is currently open but will close over the next weeks. Any club interested in joining the league for next season must submit an Expression of Interest. Clubs that submit an EoI will be sent an application pack.

Full applications must be submitted by Monday 7th June.

All EoIs and applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Interviews will take place during June and we will finalise the structure of next season’s competition by Monday 28th June, ahead of July’s AGM.

LNFS England Board thanks EFCA

LNFS England Directors had a very useful meeting with members of the EFCA Interim Committee yesterday evening to discuss the results of their recent member survey.

We asked EFCA for a further breakdown of responses to their questions on competitions and for any advice they could offer on how, specifically, LNFS England might improve its performance. The answers we received are encouraging, but also show that more work is required.

  • In answer to the question: “How satisfied are you with the way your chosen league competition organisers engage, consult and implement the views and opinions of clubs?” 54% of clubs with teams playing only in LNFS England were satisfied and 23% were dis-satisfied, compared to 44% satisfied and 25% dis-satisfied across all clubs. This suggests that LNFS England is doing better than other competitions in this area of activity, but there is still considerable room for improving the way the Board of Directors engages with our Member Clubs. Production of a monthly newsletter is one way in which we are seeking to meet this goal.
  • In answer to the question: “How satisfied is your club with the overall offering for futsal competitions for both youth and adults in your region?” 62% of clubs with teams playing only in LNFS England were satisfied and 31% were dis-satisfied, compared to 44% satisfied and 52% dis-satisfied across all clubs. This again suggests that LNFS England is doing better than other competitions in this area of activity, but there is still room for improving access to high-quality futsal for both youths and adults across England. Member Clubs will be aware that this is something we have been working on for a while, particularly in relation to developing a joined up approach to youth futsal leagues.
  • In answer to the question: “Do you feel the current competition pathway and pyramid within England is clear, accessible and inclusive for all levels of the game?” 61% of clubs with teams playing in LNFS England answered “No”, compared to 58% of all clubs. There is very little difference between these results, which shows that across all competitions the view of three out of five clubs is that the futsal competition pathway and pyramid within England is not clear, accessible and inclusive for all levels of the game. This is not an issue within the complete control of LNFS England. However, we will do our utmost to ensure that our own competitions are clear, accessible and inclusive for all levels of the game and we will continue to work with the FA and other stakeholders to develop a genuine futsal pathway and pyramid.

Finally, we had a very useful discussion with EFCA in which we agreed that promoting collaboration between futsal clubs off the court is essential if the English futsal commmunity seeks a fully joined-up approach to club, coach, and player pathway development. We look forward to working with EFCA in these important areas and thank members of their committee for spending time yesterday in helping our league understand where it needs to improve.