CGL Futsal was back again for the 2016/17 season at the Copper Box Arena, with the tournament spanning three weekends and six age groups.
The idea behind the competition is to provide players with a playing opportunity over the winter break and develop their skills.
Futsal is played indoors and encourages improved first touch and technical skills by using a smaller, heavier ball. There is a 4 second restart rule which means the game is high tempo and fast paced.
This year the competition saw:
• 91 Futsal teams entered from U9 to U17
• 855 players
• 253 matches
• 2530 minutes of Futsal
• 5 WSL player appearances
Each age group had their chance to play at the Olympic Venue and compete for their Futsal Cup.
Under-9, Under-10 and Under-11 were the first age groups up and were lucky enough to be joined by Arsenal Ladies star, Leah Williamson, who carried out the presentations and took some time to sign autographs and answer questions from the day.
The Under-13s were next and they were the biggest age group. The majority of the teams had been involved in last year’s competition, so it was great to see it grow again and notice the improvement in the players. Millwall Lioness’ players, Jordan Butler and Beth Harford made a surprise appearance to present the trophies and answer questions.
The last date saw Under-15s and Under-17s have their time in the spotlight. They were joined by London Bees players, Ashleigh Goddard and Sophie Harris, who were on hand for the presentations and spent some quality time with the players and managers for questions, as well as showing off some of their skills.
Winners of the Tournament
U9 – Pro:Direct
U10 – Tottenham Hotspur Girls
U11 – Alexandra Park Youth
U13 – Celtic Girls & Pro:Direct
U15 – Enfield Town Girls
U17 – Kent Football United
The CGL has thanked all those who helped the day go ahead, including the Copper Box Arena, referees, volunteers and photographer, as well as the managers, players and parents who were there to support. As a keepsake of the event, the photographer captured every moment and these are available to purchase from www.wusphotography.com
Thanks also went to the FA WSL Players who supported the event and helped to bridge the gap between grassroots football and the top tier. The time they give up to inspire the next generation is invaluable.
The FA WSL 2 Spring Series starts on Saturday 11 February and WSL 2 on Sunday 23 April. Go along and show your support. You can see all WSL fixtures by clicking here