ANOTHER successful year of Futsal in Suffolk has been completed.
The season saw teams competing in the County School Competition and The FA Pokémon Futsal Cup.
The FA Pokémon Futsal Cup
The FA Pokémon Futsal Cup saw 60-plus teams from around the county and a handful from out of county compete to be crowned Suffolk champions and move on the regional rounds of the competition, which will be taking place in Northampton.
The competition took place earlier in the year with local rounds in Lowestoft, Ipswich, and Bury St Edmunds to determine which teams went through to the county finals.
All the competitions were completed by the end of April with the next stage of the competition taking place in June.
The winners of each of the competitions were as follows:
U10 Boys – Norwich City
U10 Girls – Kesgrave Kestrels
U12 Boys – Norwich City
U12 Girls – Kesgrave Kestrels
U14 Boys – Beccles Town - Pictured above
U14 Girls – Woodbridge Town
U16 Boys – Haverhill Rovers
U16 Girls – Haverhill Rovers
Suffolk Schools’ Futsal Cup
The Suffolk Schools Futsal Cup has become a fixture of the Suffolk Youth football calendar and has seen even more participants playing Futsal, with more age groups and therefore fixtures/dates required for the competition to go ahead.
This year’s competition was the first year U12 (Year 7) & U14 (Year 9) boys and girls were part of the offering. Therefore, competitions took place at U11 (Year 6), U12 (Year7), U13 (Year 8), U14 (Year 9) & U15 (Year 10).
All participants were put into regional groups, with some requiring area finals before heading onto the county finals. The competition required 68 dates to reach its culmination, with 21 schools hosting fixtures throughout the season.
In total, 249 school teams participated in the competition, meaning over 1,000 players played in the competition during the 22/23 season.
The county winners for 2202-23 were as follows:
U11 Boys – St Marys Woodbridge
U11 Girls – St Johns
U12 Boys – Debenham – Pictured above
U12 Girls – Kesgrave – Pictured above
U13 Boys – Mildenhall – Pictured above
U13 Girls – Westbourne – Pictured above
U14 Boys – Sir John Leman – Pictured above
U14 Girls – Northgate – Pictured above
U15 Boys – Thomas Gainsborough – Pictured above
U15 Girls – Debenham – Pictured above
Suffolk FA Football Development Officer (Retention) James Morley said: “This season has seen even more participants in Futsal across both competitions and is great to see this format develop in Suffolk.
“Numbers in the schools’ competition more than doubled with the addition of an extra 100-plus teams this year.”
The schools’ competition will return for the 2023-24 season.