MK Mavericks join FA National Futsal Series

MK Mavericks are preparing to lock horns with Bedford Futsal Club in the second highest futsal league in England as part of the FA’s new series…

Milton Keynes will see its men’s futsal team enter the FA’s brand new league, The National Futsal Series.

MK Mavericks Futsal Club will play in the second highest futsal league in England – the Tier 2 South Division.

It’s an exciting period of growth for English futsal and an important development tool for young footballers.

Futsal is an indoor variation of football, but the sport also has some similarities to basketball. Five players per team start on the court, but there’s an unlimited amount of substitutes.

There are two 20 minute halves, but a stopclock is used to halt time when the ball goes off the edge of the court, or when the game is stopped.

There are many other rules that make it such an intriguing and tactical sport to watch. With the National Futsal Series, there are no home or away fixtures.

Instead, a central venue hosts four league games on the same day, and each club’s venue becomes the central venue twice a season.

MK Mavericks is the central venue on Sunday 3rd November at Stantonbury International School’s Sports Centre, open to spectators.

Mavericks have been recognised for their community engagement, youth teams for boys, girls and for their men’s team who competed in the Northampton Futsal League last season.

MK Mavericks will face league competition against local league rivals Bedford Futsal Club. Bedford Futsal, who are in their second season as a club, have a number of Milton Keynes-based players on show.

Carl Tappin, club secretary and a player for Bedford Futsal, helped found the club in 2018, after playing futsal at the University of Bedfordshire for four years.

His connections across the MK area helped him build a title-winning squad. Ryan Tappin, Aaron Kelsey, James Grant, Lou Barry, Aaron Jewa and Alfie Gaspar were all important players in Bedford’s debut season, where they won the FA Division 2 Midlands League.

Their new MK additions of Josh Orr-Lang and Charlie Gerrard will come up against some tough opponents, including MK Mavericks. London Genesis, London Baku, London Escolla, Chelsea FC, Sussex, London Helvecia Dev and Kent United Dev make up the Tier 2 South Division for 2019/20.

Bedford Futsal host a round of league fixtures on Sunday 10th November, at the University of Bedfordshire’s Polhill Campus.

Follow @MavericksFutsal & @BedfordFutsal on Twitter to find out more information about their fixture details and how you can get involved with your local futsal club.

This feature was published in the October 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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