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Attention All School Leavers!

As one of the UK’s largest scholarship programmes, The English Football League Trust & Futsal programme (EFL Trust) offers to 16-18 year olds (male and female) the chance to find passes in class and on the court at Football League clubs across the country, as they learn, train, play and work.

Learn: Study towards a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (worth up to three A-Levels)

Train: Regular Futsal coaching to develop technical, tactical and physical ability

Play: Represent their local professional club in EFL Trust Futsal League and cup competitions

Work: Open the door to University courses and careers in the Sports Industry

The pioneering programme is aimed at young people who have a passion for football and a desire to progress to university or work in sport. Unlike a regular college course, EFL Trust Futsal students are able to study via an online platform, as they swap the mundane classroom to learn within a sporting environment.

The programme offers an array of exit routes, ranging from a university education (including EFL Trust’s Community Football Coaching & Development Foundation Degree), to careers in the sports and leisure sector, both in the UK and overseas. A number of students have progressed to employment within their football club, whilst several have pursued Soccer Scholarships in the USA.

What is the course about?

Education

The course is a BTEC Level Three Diploma, or extended diploma, in Sport. All of the work is done via an online system on site in our class rooms. The Education element of the course is delivered by our Futsal Education Officer Elizabeth Regan, who has been a teacher for 15 years and has taught GCSE and A-Level PE, as well as the BTEC qualification.

There are two classrooms on site, one for teacher led activities and one for quiet independent study. There are deadlines for the students so they can keep up on work and not fall behind.

Work is graded at three different levels, pass, merit and distinction, and if a student isn’t reaching their target grade, a resubmission will be required. The students come in five days a week in those days students are based on site, doing split sessions of education and training Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, whilst Wednesdays are match days off site.

The students will receive 12-15 hours of teacher led education per weel and are expected to complete at least six hours of independent study.

For those who don’t achieve at least a grade Four in English and Maths, we have dedicated tutors who run sessions for small groups once a week to allow them to study to re-sit their GCSE exam, or the equivalent functional skills exam.

Match and training side

Students will train every day apart from match days, but only if their work is completed. The Futsal programme and training sessions are planned and delivered by Futsal Development Officer Mark Lynk.

There are two training facilities which are used on our program, one at River Maun which is an indoor court, and the other here at the One Call Stadium on the 3G astro-turf.

The training sessions are mainly based around shape work, attacking and defending. Futsal is good for developing your skills as a player as you get on the ball a lot, coaching sessions are there for tailored to that, working on areas such as touch, passing and shooting.

We have two Futsal teams and you can play in either squad depending upon your performance and player availability.

The first is the National Squad, generally this is our squad of the best performing players with matches taking place predominately at St Georges Park.

Our second team is the development team, designed for improving players or those with less match experience. Development matches are usually played at Sheffield Ponds Forge.

Fixtures

Development League

September | 12th / 26th

October | 3rd

November | 14th / 28th

December | 12th

January | 16th / 30th

February | 13th

March | 20th

May | 2nd

National League 

September | 19th

October | 3rd / 17th

November | 24th

December | 5th / 19th

January | 9th

February | 6th

March | 13th / 27th

EFL Trust FUTSAL

THE FORMAT | Development League

The EFL Trust Futsal League Two see’s teams compete in regional tiered leagues across the country; The North East Development League Tiers 1-2, The North West Development League Tiers 1-3  and the The South West Development League Tiers 1-3.

Teams play in shorter fixtures, with several fixtures on the same day. 

Each Round of League Two sees teams play against teams from their Tier across two fixture days. At the end of each round, the top two teams are promoted to the next Tier and the bottom two teams are relegated to the Tier below. 

The winners of Tier 1 following the final round of fixtures are crowned their regional League Two Champions, with the top four teams* from each region qualifying for the Development League National Finals. (*Qualification for 2018-19 TBC) 

Sixteen teams from across the regions qualify for the League Two National Finals, which are held at Birmingham PlayFutsal Arena. Teams are drawn in to groups of four, before progressing to the quarter finals, semi finals and final which are all played on the same day.

THE FORMAT | National League

The EFL Trust Futsal Championship see’s teams compete in regional leagues across the country; The North Championship, The Midlands Championship, The South East Championship and The South West Championship, in venues such as St George’s Park and Sheffield English Institute of Sport  

Teams play in full length fixtures in a season long competition, running from September to May 

The winners of each league are crowned their regional champions, whilst the top four teams from each region qualify for the Championship Play Offs. 

Teams qualifying for the Championship Play Offs will face off against teams from their neighbouring region (North/Midlands and South East/South West) in the Round of 16. Winning teams progress all the way through to the Championship National Final held at St George’s Park in May.

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