Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that originated in South America in the 1930s and is now played widely across the world. 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. Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development. Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal. But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta, Xavi,
Fabregas amongst many others have played Futsal to develop their skills

Futsal has seen considerable growth in the UK over the past few years and this trend looks set to continue with the game having the potential of growing to levels seen in other countries such as Spain where futsal is both a fundamental part of the football landscape and an important game in its own right.

Raiders have from an early stage recognised the importance of futsal and the club’s latest set of objectives includes a target to ‘support the development of futsal.’

We include futsal training within our boys Saturday football training programme for our U7s to U10s age brackets with the sessions held on a rotation basis for each squad.  Our Girls teams benefit from futsal training throughout all age brackets held on a rotation on their respective training days.

Further background to futsal and a guide to some of the rules can be found in the links below:




Junior Futsal

Regular Futsal Coaching

We hold Tuesday and Wednesday night Futsal training sessions for both girls and boys sections.  We can offer girls only training sessions from U10’s upwards and training in the boys section from U11’s upwards.  The sessions are delivered by FA Futsal Qualified Raiders coaches and incorporate futsal specific drills, tactics, technique and game knowledge.

For further information, please contact our futsal coordinators at futsal@berkhamstedraiders.com.

We also partner with Ross & Andy Soccer Camps who offer Tuesday Futsal sessions from U6’s through to U11’s creating a pathway for them to move up in to the Raiders training sessions.

Futsal Teams and Matches

We continue our participation in competitive futsal matches and enter several local leagues with regular games played. No prior futsal experience is needed to participate although we would encourage joining the futsal coaching sessions if possible.

In the 2021-2022 year the principal boys age groups with regular matches were from the U9’s to U16’s and we are looking to increase the age groups and number of teams as we enter the 2022-2023 season.  We do also engage multi-age group teams where leagues / competitions permit.

We are also in discussions with a local league to develop match opportunities for the girls section and aim to grow this over the next season.

Meantime, with the surge in popularity for futsal training and matches, we are also looking for managers to take forward growing this sport.

If you have a player interested in joining any age group squad or want to help to manage a team, please contact futsal@berkhamstedraiders.com.

Berkhamsted Raiders Futsal Teams 2022

U10 Vikings Youth Futsal League Stuart Goss/Mark Loczy
U11 Tigers Youth Futsal League Ross Watson
U12 Futsal Raiders Youth Futsal League Richard Gaherty
U13 Futsal Raiders Youth Futsal League Laurence Mattingly
U14 Falcons Youth Futsal League Paul Yarker
U14 Hawks Youth Futsal League Tom Brookes
U14 Kestrels Youth Futsal League Richard Gaherty
U15 Chiefs Youth Futsal League Nick Warr
U18 Futsal Red Youth Futsal League Abhi Tyagi


If you have any particular queries and would like to make contact, please do message our Futsal Coordinator, Rich Gaherty (richardg.brcfc@gmail.com) or our lead futsal coach, Sean McKay (sean.mckay.brcfc@gmail.com).