The Junior Premier League has always been at the forefront of Futsal in this country and we are proud of our record in terms of introducing players to this great game.
This season though we wanted to break the mould and treat Futsal with the respect it deserves, as it is such a great game in its own right, which has its own pathway through to Professional Futsal and International Futsal competitions as part of our National Team.
We are proud to be launching the JPL Futsal Development Programme which will see every team in the league play a regulation length Futsal match on a normal Futsal court (not the small ones) once every 5 weeks. These matches are NOT taking the place of normal JPL matches so this is an addition to every team’s calendar in the league. So please be aware that we are now offering all teams in the JPL a lot more football/futsal than ever before.
The addition of Futsal to our programme allows us, to once again, provide every team and player the very best opportunities to progress in the game and as part of the programme we will also be subsidising/offering free courses to ALL coaches in the JPL; its important to us that not only do we develop our players but we also want to develop the coaches.
We have devised this pilot programme by working alongside the FA England Futsal Coach & Elite Performance Manager, Michael Skubala, and the FA National Participation Manager, John Folwell; we will be the first league in the country to be working in partnership with The FA for an Elite Futsal competition. Working with the FA and England Futsal Manager allows us to offer more opportunities to our players within football and futsal and we are sure this partnership will grow to allow even more Futsal opportunities in the future.