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LNFS and LNFS England discuss joint plans

Javier Lozano (LNFS President) and Albania Grosso (LNFS England Chair) at LNFS headquarters, Madrid on 22nd July

Albania Grosso, Chair of LNFS England, met LNFS colleagues, including Javier Lozano (LNFS President), in Madrid last week to discuss our joint plans for the season ahead.

The following main points were agreed:

  • We will continue to develop the LNFS futsal brand worldwide, with several exciting international developments to be announced over the next few weeks.
  • LNFS colleagues in Spain will work with their counterparts in England to develop marketing and communications that are appropriate to the current level of development of English futsal.
  • Colleagues will also work together to develop a suitable broadcasting format for English futsal matches in a way that encourages viewers to want to participate in live futsal as either players or spectators.
  • The first Anglo-Spanish Cup will be held in 2022 in Spain between the two LNFS England Premiership play-off finalists and two leading Spanish sides (subject to the usual sanctioning requirements).
  • Spanish colleagues with English language proficiency will host webinars for LNFS England coaches and players to help develop both technical and club management skills.

Because of Covid-19, this eight-hour meeting was the first opportunity for LNFS and LNFS England colleagues to meet face to face rather than over a video link.

Albania said “It was great to meet Javier and LNFS colleagues, who live and breathe truly elite futsal. They provide inspirational leadership for the best futsal league in the world and I look forward to learning how to adapt their approach to the English situation.”

“The LNFS and LNFS England face similar challenges and opportunities” said Javier, “and by working together internationally we can collectively meet these challenges and enjoy the opportunities.”

Jose Carlos Lopez joins LNFS England as Technical Advisor

The LNFS England board would like to welcome Jose Carlos Lopez, the Spanish professional futsal player, as he joins the league as its Technical Advisor. Jose Carlos will be working with LNFS England clubs to improve the standard of futsal played on the court and to assist in transferring knowledge from LNFS in Madrid. He will combine his vast playing experience to improve standards on the court and the match-day experience for players in England.

Jose Carlos has been a professional futsal player for the past 18 years. His debut for Boadilla FS in the Spanish first division came at the age of seventeen, and since then he has played for many professional clubs in Spain, including Pinto FS, Tres Cantos, Carnicer Torrejon, Caja Segovia, Pescados Ruben Burela, and Jimbee Cartagenia. He appeared in four Spanish Cup finals, two play-off semi-finals in the Primera division, and received one golden boot award. During his career playing in the LNFS Jose Carlos scored around 230 goals in more than 500 matches spread over 14 seasons.

He already has a good knowledge of the game in England, having played for two seasons with Baku United in 2014/15 and 2015/16. Both seasons Baku United won the domestic double and in the second season they qualified for the UEFA Champions League main round, the only ever English club to do so. Jose Carlos was the leagues’ MVP and top-scorer in 2015/16, scoring 128 goals in around 50 matches during his time with Baku United. Over the years he has also made ten appearances for Helvecia in the UEFA Futsal Champions League.

He also has further experience with other European futsal leagues, having played in the Italian Serie A for Napoli Calcio 5, the French top-flight with Sporting Paris FS,  and in Croatia with Square Dubrovnik. Having played at a range of levels across Europe Jose Carlos will play a valuable role in helping English futsal develop, improving the standards on the court. He already has a good relationship with the LNFS in Madrid and has an excellent network with futsal clubs both in Spain and all across Europe.

Jose Carlos told us “It is a pleasure to be involved with LNFS England, an organisation linked with one I know well in LNFS. I will try to give my best to help develop futsal – making it more professional and widely known in the community. You have all the right things in place to be successful, so step by step and with patience we will achieve our goals”. Abrazos Jose Carlos! We can’t wait to get started. On behalf of all clubs in England who will benefit from your experience we want to thank you for helping to develop futsal in England!

Club application window for LNFS England 2021/22 season remains open

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.

Please email Ewan Minter for an application form if you wish to play in our club owned and controlled league – or fill out a web form here.

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.

League statement – The FA “Sets aside” LNFS England removal from Futsal Pathway

The LNFS England Directors would like to thank the FA for yesterday restoring our league to the futsal pathway in England.

LNFS England was removed from the pathway on 16th April without any prior discussion or notice. Since that date we have corresponded extensively with the FA in an effort to understand their point of view. This correspondence has included an open invitation to FA officers to speak to us on the ‘phone and the provision of detailed written answers to all FA queries.

We have clearly shown that no FA, UEFA, or FIFA rules have been broken by LNFS England, and our partnership with the LNFS is of benefit to the wider English futsal community.

We are glad this issue has been resolved and look forward to future positive engagement with the FA to develop futsal in England, with the expert help of our partners in Spain.

We have provided further details to our Member Clubs.

Proindia becomes the analytics partner of LNFS England

LNFS England is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with Proindia to provide match analysis for our Member Clubs during the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons. This partnership will provide data that helps coaches and players assess and improve both individual and team performances.

The Proindia match analysis system currently includes the following metrics for teams and players, linked to match video clips so that players and coaches can focus on individual players or phases of play:

  • Possession %
  • Goals and assists
  • Total Shots
  • Shots on Target
  • Shot Conversion Rate
  • Passes Completed
  • Chances Created
  • Successful Tackles
  • Successful Interceptions
  • Duels Won
  • Total Saves
  • Total Fouls
  • Activity, vector, and distribution maps

Proindia will be provided with at least 40 LNFS England Premiership matchday videos for analysis during both the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons, plus play-off matches, at no charge to the teams involved.

All LNFS England clubs in either the Premiership or Championship may also make use of this match analysis facility by providing a match video plus player names, shirt numbers, and positions (goalkeeper or outfield player).

Unless otherwise agreed, each match analysis will be completed within 48 hours of receipt of the match video and will be uploaded to a password protected section of Proindia’s StepOut Total Management System.

All match videos (but not analyses) will also be uploaded to the LNFS England YouTube channel.

Over the summer we will work with StepOut’s Analytics Technology & LNFS England clubs to beta-test the analysis system which will ensure that it meets coach and player needs.

This initiative is part of LNFS England’s commitment to help futsal clubs develop and improve performance both on and off the court.

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.