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Futsal 2023


Futsal is becoming a bigger club every year at the University of Sunderland with three BUCS teams and two National League teams currently available for both males and females.

We have a team of professional coaches in place to assist with all levels of training and coaching throughout all teams, with a clear structure for player development and progression.

What is Futsal?

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that originates from South America in the 1930s. It is widely played across the world, and is the small sided football format that is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.  

Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height.

Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted. There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.  

Our Teams

Men’s BUCS 1st Team

Men’s BUCS 2nd Team

Women’s BUCS 1st Team

Men’s National League Team

Women’s National League Team

Training & Memberships

Team Day Time Location
Men's BUCS 1st & 2nd Friday 6pm - 9pm CitySpace, City Campus
Men's National League Tuesday 7pm - 9pm Beacon of Light

BUCS Membership cost: 


National League Membership cost:

£150 or two £80 installments*


* If you are a University of Sunderland student this will be free with your BUCS membership

Club Officers & Contacts

BUCS & National League Coach: Tony Loftus - tonyloftus04@gmail.com

Men's President: Kristen George - bh80mf@student.sunderland.ac.uk 

Women's President:



High performing athletes are eligible for support from the Elite Athlete Scheme



The National Futsal Series is the top Futsal Competition in England for clubs. The League compromises Tier 1, Tier 2 North, Tier 2 South, and a Women’s Super Series. We currently have a men’s team competing in the Tier 2 North League & women's team competing in the Women's Super Series.