There is a feature on the Chesterfield Futsal League in the FA section of Hive Learning where it is part of an extensive library of advice and discussion about the England DNA. If you are new to Hive, go to www.hivelearning.com/thefa to create a profile and then use the ‘Search’ bar in Hive and locate “England DNA Foundation Phase” then click on “Grassroots Clubs” and then “Chesterfield Futsal”. While you are there, take time to explore all the other information on coaching and developing youngsters, and get involved in the discussion groups. And encourage players and their parents and guardians to do the same. It’s a wonderful resource.
Last year the Chesterfield Futsal League cup winners played off against the cup winners from the Derby Futsal League to decide who would represent Derbyshire in the FA Youth Futsal Trophy. This year the FA has moved the qualification date for their competition from May to 28 February, well before the scheduled cup final dates, so we need to change our arrangements for selecting the CFL teams to play off against teams from the DFL. Teams need to come through a competitive process, so we have decided to do the following:
· U10s – since the u10s league is non-competitive we will bring their cup final forward to January 25. Again, only a team affiliated to Derbyshire FA can be selected which means that if Rotherham United FS win the cup then the cup runners-up will be selected; and
· U12, u14, u16 – the Derbyshire FA affiliated team highest placed in each of the three league tables at 31 January will be selected. If teams have played a different number of matches, then we will use points-per-game to decide.
Play-offs against DFL teams will take place on a home and away two-legged basis on February 15 and 22. Play-off winners will qualify for the FA Trophy’s east midlands regional event and winners from there will go forward to the national finals.
The League is supporting the work of the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, who care for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions. They are currently supporting around 250 families, both in the hospice and in family homes. In just one year, Bluebell Wood provides more than 50,000 of hours of care.
It costs more than £4m to help families across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and part of North Lincolnshire. Bluebell Wood receives around 10% of its funding from government sources.
If you can help Bluebell Wood please contact them at bluebellwood.org.
The following decisions we made at the AGM and open meeting on 25 June.
1. The 2017/18 league officials were all re-elected to their posts for a further year.
2. The accounts were approved.
3. The rules were adopted with one addition for 2018/19; ball sizes will be as follows u8 and u10, size 2 – u12, u14 and u16, size 3 – over u16, size 4.
4. All player registrations for 2018/19 must be through the Whole Game System.
5. Clubs would be canvassed to see if they can identify (a) new referees and (b) new volunteers to help on match days.
6. The aim would be to provide regular teams with around a match every other week as an average across the season and if necessary a cap will be placed on the entry of new teams into the league so this aim can be met.
7. The league will have 25% more court time in 2018/19 – additional kick-off times on one court will 1920 and 1950.
8. The league will start an u16s division in 2018/19 (for u15 and u16 players).
9. Fines equivalent to the match fee then applicable will be introduced for teams that give less than 48 hours’ notice of being unable to fulfil a fixture (ie if a fine is to be avoided, the fixtures secretary must be told by 1700 on the Wednesday before Friday matchdays if a team cannot play).
10. Season dates will be; start on 14 September 2018, last fixtures on 17 May 2019, no games on 21 and 28 December (Christmas) and 19 April (Good Friday).