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Edinburgh University Futsal Club stands as a beacon of sporting excellence, providing biweekly futsal sessions not only for students within the University of Edinburgh but also for non-students eager to showcase their skills.
With a rich history of achievements and accolades, the club has garnered recognition for its achievements in men’s and women’s futsal.
The club boasts three formidable men’s teams competing in different tiers of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and Scottish Futsal Leagues. Additionally, two highly competitive women’s teams take part in the BUCS Premier North League and Scottish 1A, setting the bar high for women’s futsal in the region.
Among the impressive accomplishments of the Men’s 1st team is their reign as BUCS Scottish A1 Champions in 2019/20, 2021/22, and 2022/23 seasons. Their prowess was further demonstrated when they made it to the semifinals of the National Trophy in the 2022/23 season. The team’s performance has cemented them as the most successful university futsal team in Scotland.
Their success did not stop there; the Men’s 1st team secured promotion to the Scottish Super League at the end of the 2022/23 season. This milestone presents a unique opportunity for them to compete on the highest platform in the nation and potentially qualify for the UEFA Futsal Champions League, further elevating their status in the world of futsal. Though this is not their debut season at the highest level having played in the league in 2019. The current Scottish champions are PYF Saltires who have dominated Scottish Futsal for a number of years. The club has been drawn in Group E of the UEFA Futsal Champions League with Futsal Klub Lučenec (Slovakia – group hosts), FC Cosmos Tallinn (Estonia), and FC Encamp (Andora). Is the club about to face a domestic challenge this coming season from Edinburgh? We will have to wait and see.
Not to be outdone, the Men’s 2nd team achieved promotion from Scottish 2A to 1A in the 2021/22 season while also claiming victory in the Scottish Conference Cup against their fellow clubmates, the Men’s 3rd team.
Women’s Futsal has equally thrived under the Edinburgh University Futsal Club banner. Since its inception as part of the Edinburgh University Women’s Association Football Club (EUWAFC), the women’s teams have excelled on the national stage. They were crowned the 2016 British Futsal Champions and secured a silver medal in the 2019 British Futsal Championship. In their debut season in the BUCS Premier North League, they displayed formidable skills by finishing in a commendable second place.
The Women’s 1st team competed in the 2022/23 National Championship quarter-final and played a showcase match against the Northern Ireland national futsal team. Impressively, the team achieved a remarkable 3rd-place finish in the Northern Premier League. Meanwhile, the Women’s 2nd team showcased their mettle, securing the 2nd place in the BUCS Scottish Tier One league.
Off the court, the club has actively contributed to meaningful causes, promoting the Football v Homophobia campaign and raising awareness for this important initiative.
Recognizing their relentless commitment to excellence and continuous growth, the club was honored as EUSU’s most improved club of the year at the annual award event for the 2022/23 season.
Edinburgh University Futsal Club has carved a significant mark in the history of futsal, setting the bar high for sporting achievements. With their remarkable track record and a pool of talented athletes, the club is destined for greater heights and many more achievements in the world of futsal to make Edinburgh a hotbed for futsal talent in Scotland and beyond. So if you are considering moving to the UK to play Futsal, study and learn English, and Scotland interests you, you now know which University to consider.
Author of article
Stephen McGettigan was born in the Republic of Ireland but grew up in Belfast. He is the founder of Futsal Focus, a Football Industries MBA graduate from the University of Liverpool Management School, and he has worked in the Football and Futsal industries for 15 years.
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