Women’s Futsal league launching in Northern Ireland with plans for national team

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Women’s teams across Northern Ireland are being urged to take part in futsal leagues this autumn/winter in Belfast, Lisburn and Portadown.

The Female Domestic Futsal League is set to begin on 3 November and conclude on 26 January 2018 – and the Irish FA Foundation is now requesting teams to register to take part.

The competition will take place on Friday evenings between 7-10pm in three venues across Northern Ireland: Shankill Leisure Centre in Belfast (NIFL Teams only), Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in Lisburn (NIWFA Teams only), The Rink in Portadown (NIWFA Teams only).

The winners of each region will take part in a National Championship Final next February with the Champions representing Northern Ireland in the first female Futsal Home Nations Cup.

The Irish FA Futsal Development Strategy 2016-2020 which you can download from the Futsal Focus website here: http://www.futsalfocus.net/irish-football-association-futsal-development-strategy-2016-2020/ states the objective to establish a Women’s U17 squad in 2017 and be competing in friendly international fixtures by 2018. Furthermore, to establish a Senior Women’s International Squad in 2017 and be competing in friendly international fixtures by 2018.

The Irish Football Association intend to develop a National Futsal Training Centre and UEFA approved international venue by 2018.