Pokémon Futsal Youth Cup has crowned the winners of their Hertfordshire county finals, including St Albans City Youth U10 Wildcats and Berkhamsted Raiders Youth Blue.
Futsal is a five-a-side game, played on a hard surface with hockey-sized goals and a reduced bounce futsal ball.
The successful teams will progress to the regional finals in May/June before competing for the chance to participate in the national finals this summer.
The winners were:
- Female U10: St Albans City Youth U10 Wildcats
- Female U12: Chiltern United FC
- Female U14: Bloomsbury Futsal Gold
- Female U16: Chiltern United FC
- Male U10 Group A: Berkhamsted Raiders Youth Blue
- Male U10 Group B: Berkhamsted Raiders Youth Blue
- Male U12 Group A: Letchworth Garden City Eagles
- Male U12 Group B: Letchworth Garden City Eagles
- Male U14 Group A: Bloomsbury Futsal Gold
- Male U14 Group B: Bloomsbury Futsal Gold
- Male U16: Bloomsbury Futsal Gold
Peter Murphy, senior director of marketing at the Pokémon Company International, said: “Pokémon is thrilled to see such high engagement in the Hertfordshire finals of the Pokémon Futsal Youth Cup, including so many first time participants.
“With the 2022/23 season seeing a record number of team entrants, this only bodes well for the later stages of the competition. It’s great to see a range of teams competing in this year’s competition as they continue to develop their futsal skills. We can’t wait to see how the winners perform in the regional finals of the competition.”
Louise Gear, head of development at The FA, added: “What an exciting start to this year’s Pokémon Futsal Youth Cup. It has been fantastic to see so many young players from clubs up and down the country taking part and enjoying the competition, and we look forward to seeing who will be crowned winners come the finals.”