SOUTHPORT YMCA is bidding to set up a futsal team to eventually challenge for national glory.
Futsal is a version of football which explores skill, energy and fitness and encourages flair and creativity.
The game has grown in popularity over recent years and is now supported by top footballing organisations FIFA and UEFA.
A host of professional leagues throughout the world have enabled the creation of World and European Championships for club and national teams.
With campaigns pushing for the introduction of futsal onto the Olympic stage, the sport is growing in global prominence and recognition.
The game has a long history and was originally started in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930.
Futsal is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper.
Unlimited substitutes per team are permitted during matches and a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football is used.
The rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
In England futsal is growing in popularity – the FA now have national leagues splitting the country into South, Midlands and Northern Leagues.
Winners of the leagues go into the FA Cup with the eventual winner representing England in the UEFA Futsal Cup.
Playing against these teams and in these competitions allows players the chance to still realise their dreams of playing football at a top level.
Southport YMCA now want to create a team over the summer and have big ambitions for the future.
Looking to enter into the Liverpool Regional League this season the club want to be competing in the National League in three years.
YMCA are hoping to have a stake in the development of futsal, and are currently looking for players.
If you are interested in joining the YMCA team call 01704 538317 or visiting Southport YMCA at 81 Hoghton Street.