This Sunday marks the start of inaugural West Lothian Soccer Development Association Futsal Programme during the Association’s Winter Break. West Lothian SDA’s partnership programme with the Scottish FA South East Region joins the successful programme currently operating in Edinburgh and Midlothian as well as a new programme in East Lothian as part of new initiatives supporting the launch of the New National Player Pathway in Scotland.

Futsal is widely played around 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 7-aside and 11-a-side format of the game.

Futsal began in Uruguay and Brazil where the large crowded cities and a shortage of playing pitches forced a football mad population to play small sided football and in 1936 the first rules emerged. Futsal was the name chosen by FIFA, which is simply a combination of the Spanish words for ‘hall’ (Sala) and ‘football’ (Futbol): hence ‘Futsal’.

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 and Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends who all played and enjoyed Futsal (FIFA, 2010).

The WLSDA programme is operating from Bathgate Sports Centre from 10.00am to 4.00pm on the following dates:

Sunday 16th January
Sunday 23rd January
Sunday 30th January
Sunday 6th February
Sunday 13th February
Sunday 20th February

More than 60 teams will participate in the West Lothian programme from the following clubs:

1999 Age Group:

Craigshill Thistle Red
Murieston United Red
Boness United
BFC Linlithgow
Blackburn United
Polbeth United

2000 Age Group:

Whitburn FCA Millenium  
Bathgate Vale               
Broxburn Athletic                
Armadale SC                
Murieston United Red              
Livingston Hearts CFC     
Craigshill Thistle FC                 
Livingston Hearts CFC Maroon 
Whitburn FCA Amber      
BFC Linlithgow               
Craigshill Thistle Black             

2001 Age Group

Midcalder Colts
BFC Linlithgow
Armadale Falcons
Livingston Hearts CFC
Whitburn FCA
Grangemouth BC
Bathgate Rose

2002 Age group

Pumpherston United
Newlands FC
Newlands FC 2
Armadale FC White
Armadale FC Blues

For more information on the WLSDA Futsal Programme please contact event organiser, Jack Brown (