Return to Futsal 2020/21 update

Return to Futsal 2020/21 update

In line with the latest guidance for the Grassroots game, at this stage, indoor football and futsal is not permitted. The FA will look to work with indoor facility providers to develop appropriate guidance for indoor formats as soon as possible. MK Mavericks are currently planning for 2020/21 Youth Futsal, Young Adult and Community Futsal provision, whilst Seniors (Men 16+) now have the opportunity to train outdoors inline the FA's phased return (published 17/07/20). Any return to the court will only happen once Clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place.  For queries or information on proposed activities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07526 249667
 
The FA's current recommended phased return proposal:
 
Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;

From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;

From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.

A summary of key points for consideration (from FA guidelines):

- Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend;

- Clubs and facility providers should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19;

- Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches;

- Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play;

- Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session;

- Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play;

- Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training;

- Goal celebrations should be avoided;

- Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training;

- Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities must follow government advice on the use of indoor facilities;

- Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle

- Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace;

- Clubs should ensure they are affiliated with their County Football Association (MK Mavericks Futsal Club are affiliated to Berks & Bucks FA)

 James Kendall, Director of Football Development at The FA, said:

We are delighted that the Government has given the go-ahead for competitive grassroots football to return. The past few months have been some of the most challenging times not just for football, but across society, and today’s news will be welcomed by the grassroots football community all over the country.

Now that we are able to look ahead to the new season, it’s crucial that we continue to do all we can to follow safety measures, both as advised by the government and specifically for football.

I would encourage anyone returning to competitive grassroots football to take the time to read this guidance, prepare thoroughly and to adopt our recommended approach to phasing football back in. I would also like to thank you for playing your vital part in helping our great game to get going again.

MK Mavericks Futsal Mid-Season Review

The 1st half of an eventful season, featuring in the inaugural FA National Futsal Series (FA NFS) draws to a close, as MK Mavericks Senior squad recover from a break in the fixture list and prepare for the 1st round of the FA Futsal Cup (Vs Sporting Southend @Essex University on Sun 16/02). The squad are getting back into fixture time, fielding youth players and new signings from the January transfer window, to experiment combinations against development sides from Northampton Lions and Birmingham Futsal Club.

Fixtures have been completed against London powerhouse clubs Genesis, Escolla and Chelsea, travelling further afield to Sussex and closer to home for Bedford. The highlight of the round included a thrilling 3-3 against Futsal royalty Baku United, coming from behind three times to secure a well-earned draw demonstrate the character of the group. Mavericks home round was successfully hosted @Stantonbury on Sun 17/11, with three high scoring matches playing out, the squad pulled together to deliver a first-class event, the first of its kind in MK & North Bucks!

New players were signed during the January transfer window, among them two Mavericks youth players, Dan Hosier and Keiron Mobbs. New signings Mikey McCormack, Aafaq Hussain and Harrison Mills, all from MK College, strengthen more links with Further Education and bring the number of College players to 5 in the Senior squad. Several coaches and players are on their coaching journey, completing (or well on the way to achieving) Futsal and Football coaching qualifications. Links with MK College in the Association of Colleges (AOC) programme, MK Dons SET in the Community and launching the pilot MK & North Bucks Youth Futsal League - mean more opportunities for players to participate and continuing to grow the game across our region!

FA NFS action starts again with the 2nd half of the season on Sun 23/02 v Escolla in what is sure to be another explosive encounter against the current league leaders! Find out more about the Club and how to get involved in Futsal across our region, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07526 249667 for further information.



 

Mavericks lead MK College AOC campaign!

MK Mavericks are extremely pleased to partner MK College and support the delivery of the Futsal Academy programme. MK College is competing in the Association of Colleges (AOC) National League competition, and have so far completed three fixtures in MK, London and Salisbury. The AOC league is in its inaugural season and MK Mavericks are delighted to be delivering a syllabus alongside the well established MK College Football Academy. A great opportunity to connect with local education and lay the pathway for 16-19yrs to get involved in Senior Futsal. For information on the Football/Futsal Academy programmes visit www.mkcollege.ac.uk or enquire via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



MK & North Bucks Youth Futsal League 2020!

MK Mavericks are proud to announce the launch of our regions 1st Youth Futsal League, delivering a provision to MK & North Bucks. Leagues for U11/12 and U13/14 boys will commence 31st January 2020, the format will be Fri night game time, running alternate weeks covering five fixtures! Spaces are limited, so make sure you secure your spot, get out of the cold & come indoors, and avoid missing out on the Futsal evolution sweeping across our region. Regular coaching sessions will continue and the next steps in the League will aim to include different age groups and female teams. Register your interest now! Call 07526 249667 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MK Mavericks host NFS!

The FA NFS rolled into MK late November, with MK Mavericks successfully hosting Round 4 of the FA's flagship competition at Stantonbury International Sports Campus. Three exciting games opened with a tough fought draw between Chelsea and Baku, followed up by wins for Escolla over fellow leading Tier Two contenders Genesis and Bedford, who gained the better of Mavericks at their home event in an action-packed encounter! A great day for Futsal in the region, expertly supported by a team of dedicated Club volunteers, joined by Club Youth mascots, MK Dons SET, MK College and Berks & Bucks FA. An excellent event format enjoyed by all, we look forward to hosting our next round in late March 2020! Watch this space for more details on how to get involved.



 

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