The 8th annual FAW Futsal Cup has been launched and clubs are invited to enter to see who will follow in the footsteps of Cardiff University, Wrexham, The New Saints and Cardiff City by lifting the Cup in the spring.
FAW Futsal Cup 2018
Entries are now open for the 2018 edition of the FAW Futsal Cup.
Entry forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and are to be submitted before 2 February 2018.
FAW Head of Competitions Andrew Howard said: “Futsal is one of the fastest-growing games in both the world and Wales. Since launching the game, we have enjoyed success at Club and National Team Level in Europe and the Futsal Cup provides clubs and players with a first opportunity of playing this game to hopefully progress into the elite side. Indeed, the majority of the current Wales Futsal Squad gained their first experiences of Futsal in this competition.”
"The Futsal Cup was our first step into the small-sided version of the game seven years ago, so it's a very important competition in the history of Futsal in Wales. The Futsal Cup has provided players of all abilities with the opportunity to compete for a National Trophy, with the carrot of playing in a National Final."
Over 1,000 players have played the game in the Futsal Cup since it was launched, with the competition now capped at 28 teams.
This is the third season where the Cup has not been the pathway into the UEFA Futsal Cup, as that now belongs to the National League, but the financial rewards in the Cup are a great incentive, with the winners claiming £1,500 and prize money being awarded to all teams that progress to at least the quarter-finals.
Football or Futsal clubs who play in Wales are invited to enter the competition until the deadline of 2nd February 2018. The competition format will depend on the number of entries received and the initial rounds will be regionalised until the National Finals.
The New Saints became the inaugural FAW Futsal Cup winners when they beat Connah’s Quay in the 2011 Final in Cardiff and Cardiff City triumphed against Cardiff Corries in the 2012 Final in Deeside.
The Trophy then went back North, when Wrexham Futsal won against Cardiff City in the House of Sport in Cardiff, as the north Walians became the third side to get their hands on the trophy.
They then became the first team to retain the trophy as they defeated Cardiff University in an excellent Final three years ago. The students from Cardiff then claimed the trophy for the first time and retained it in 2016 to complete their first League and Cup double.