Oxford City Futsal Club has chosen not to apply to join the new National Futsal Series.
It is our view that a lack of transparency and consultation by the FA has not been in the best interests of the entire futsal family. However, we wish those clubs who have chosen to apply to the NFS every success and best of luck for the future.
Whilst the National Futsal League has had its faults, we feel that an approach of ‘remain and reform’ is the best way forward. We are therefore strongly committed to working with like-minded clubs to create a genuinely member-led elite National Futsal League.
We remain committed to delivering both quality and participation in the sport we love, in line with the aims of the National Futsal Strategy.
Oxford City Futsal had a mixed FA Futsal Cup Final weekend at St George's Park!
Our men played in the quarter-finals on Saturday, but last-minute drop outs by two of our England Qualified Players because of work commitments meant that we couldn't field the required number of English players. We told the FA and were allowed to play the match against Nottingham University (which we won 4-2), but could not then proceed to the semi-finals. Very frustrating!
Our u15s were in the finals of the u16 cup, which they lost 3-1- to Go4Goal.
Congratulations to both teams for getting as far as they did....and better luck next year!
Our first u12 girls futsal training session took place on Wednesday at Cheney School . The girls worked on their close ball control and passing, expertly guided by 1st team Super League players Luis and Eduardo. It was amazing to see the girls move from their usual 9x9 grass football to the speedy 5x5 of futsal and watch them challenge themselves, adapting and developing their skills in this new environment.
Great to see such enthusiasm, focus, and big smiles - already can't wait for next Wednesday!
All u11/u12 girls interested in joining the sessions should email Tamasin Lilwall
The Oxford City Futsal u15s played a friendly against the Oxford United Academy u15s on Monday. An entertaining game saw the Oxford City lads win comfortably against a skilful Oxford United side that lacked futsal experience. You can see the rest of the match at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbeZi-FCh--L7q7X1HzI9A
Yesterday we travelled up to PlayFootball in Birmingham, a familiar venue from previous FA tournament finals, to play in the new format semi-final for the FA Youth Futsal Cup 2019.
For our age group there were supposed to be two groups of 4 teams, with the winner from each group playing against each other at St George’s Park in May. Unfortunately, Reading Royals were unable to field enough players, so our group had just three teams in it. Several of our players were caught up in a tailback from a nasty accident on the M40 before Birmingham, but we had luck on our side – the jam was cleared with time to spare, and we were put in the group with three teams. Even better, this meant that our group played longer matches of 12 minutes each-way as opposed to teams in the other group, which played 15 minute one-way matches. All our players made it on time, even Tom who managed a mad dash from Gatwick airport and was helped by the fact that our first game was played after 6pm.
We kicked off against Sutton Coldfield – big football lads who are used to winning. They scored the first goal, but this was nicely responded to by Omar who made it 1-1 after a few minutes. Sutton got a goal back, but Tom got us another equaliser to make it 2-2. This pattern repeated itself, with Freddie taking us ahead before Sutton equalised to take us to 3-3. Minutes before the half-time whistle Timmy banged in a shot to take us to 4-3. After a "discussion" with Enrique the boys came out strong, with Tom scoring to take us to 5-3. Sutton fought back hard and the game got physical, but they failed to score and soon Harry took us to 6-3. The stuffing went out of our rivals after this, and Pat scored our final goal just before full-time to make it 7-3.
Our second match against Bury was theoretically easier, as they had lost against Sutton in the first game, but they also put up a strong fight. Tom kicked off proceedings with a fine goal to take us to 1-0 before we unfortunately conceded after a rebound. There was some commotion after one of our attacks, and Bury ended up scoring an own goal in the confusion to make it 2-1 to us. Bury equalised before half time and, once again, a half-time "discussion" with Enrique was required. Just after half-time Pat moved us ahead to 3-2 and the match was sealed when Josh scored a fourth goal, bringing the final score to 4-2.
The finals will be at St Georges Park on May 6th. All are welcome to watch us play against Go4Goal.