Robert Osbourn’s “View from the ‘Van”
Have you, like me, been a Futsal free zone, up to now? If so, then we both need to catch up with ourselves, and quickly. Futsal, you see, is the future, both as a sport in its own right and as a pathway into improving football skills.
Futsal is a variant of football played on a smaller field and mainly indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football, between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. It is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines rather than walls or boards. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
There are two periods of 20 minutes with time stopping at every dead ball. Between the two periods there is a break of 15 minutes. Each team may use one time-out per half, which lasts one minute. A maximum of 12 players can be used. Substitutions are unlimited and on-the-fly. Unlike football, there is no offside rule in Futsal. Attackers can get much closer to the goal than they can in the traditional outdoor version of football.
Cambridge United competes in the FA National Superleague (North Region) with their season beginning in September 2016. After an incredible maiden season in Division 2, where the Us played a total of 14 games winning 13, they will be attempting another successful year in a tougher league, which is the highest standard of Futsal in England.
The first team squad is composed of players of various nationalities as well as some previous United academy players. (Do you recall that Luke Chadwick was one of last season’s players?)
The home games are played in the state-of-the-art facilities at Cambridge University Sports Centre (Philippa Fawcett Drive, off Madingley Road CB3 0AS) and all fixtures are played on Sundays so U's fans will never miss a game. Tickets are available on the door or in advance through Cambridge United's ticket office online. Season ticket holders get free entry to home games as well as U18s.
The first two home fixtures will be 11th September v. University of Nottingham; 18th September v. Loughborough. Kick off is at 3 p.m.
Whilst Cambridge United has provided a great deal of support for the Futsal squad, CFU has been happy to pick up an opportunity to sponsor the club’s training kit for the coming season. This means that free entry to home games will also be available to CFU members. The team will welcome your support. Why not give it a try?
CU Futsal Club Contact Details:
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CambridgeUnitedFutsal
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge United_F.C.Futsal
Meet the players here - https://cufcfutsal.teamapp.com/player_profiles
Match results and news here https://cufcfutsal.teamapp.com/articles
For sponsorship opportunities please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
In League 2, today’s match brings a visit from recent seasons’ rivals, Luton Town, to the Cambs Glass Stadium.
Let’s hope for an entertaining and well-contested game.
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