2022 - Review

January 4, 2023

Off the back of covid and with financial restraints placed on families, 2002 was a challenge but it is a year that we can look back on with a great deal of pride.


During the summer there was a dip in our numbers but we are now back to over 200 players a week with waiting lists for a number of sessions. Our successful 'Developing the Player' session plans have remained constant throughout, with the introduction of more 3v3 games and Player Development Forms. From a development perspective the more small sided games we provide the players the better they develop. All the stats back this up. There's more contact time on the ball, a greater number of duals in attacking and defending, increased decision making and players making more mistakes. We learn from mistakes. The Player Development Forms provide a better link with the players and their parents and an opportunity to discuss their progress and areas that they can develop at sessions, in games or at home. We will look to do this every 6 months.

Future objectives -

  • Our aim is to add testing and training to our programme. This will include analysing the biological age of the players, their growth and projected height, and their speed, strength and mobility.
  • We have a Barcelona Tour in April where the players and their families will get the opportunity to learn more about futsal and to experience the methods of FC Barcelona at the world famous La Masia.


We are delighted to have completed the male pathway from u7 all the way to our first team. Our teams include all different levels of players and the results of the youth teams are not a priority. Players are placed at an appropriate level based on their ability, age and physicality and where they are challenged.

The first team has started this season really well and remain undefeated in the SFL Edinburgh.

Our youth teams have done really well and compete in the Futsal Escocia Youth leagues in Fife.

The u15 girls were victorious in the recent Futsal Cup in Kettering, winning at the u15 and u16 age groups.

Future objectives -

    • To develop a female pathway that matches the male pathway
    • To Qualify for the SFL Super League
    • To create a B team in the SFL Regional League
    • To enter tournaments outside the UK


    The whole structure of our academy and teams is to develop better players and to create a fun and challenging environment for them to do so.

    2022 has seen a lot of success for current and ex players.

    International Call Ups

    We are extremely proud of the following players who were selected to represent Scotland at their age groups:

    • Alasdair Davidson - Celtic (u17)
    • Summer Laird - Rangers (u17)
    • Erin Husband - Hearts (u16)
    • Jessica Husband - Hearts (u16)
    • Olivia Chomczuk - Hearts (u16)
    • Maisy Stewart - Celtic (u16)

    Scotland Schools

    • Callum Hannah - Auchmuty High School
    • Joe Prior - Inverkeithing High School
    • Erin Husband - Kirkcaldy High School
    • Jessica Husband - Kirkcaldy High School
    • Amelie Chomczuk - Braes High School

    Well done to everyone!! This provides players with the confidence that they can follow in their path. I'm sure they won't be the last!!

    Pro Selection

    We have a really high number of current and ex players that have progressed to professional academies (103 at the last count). We do not restrict the players in terms of clubs to play for and actively encourage the players and parents to try different options should they be fortunate enough to be asked. We have players that have signed for Rangers, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs, Aberdeen, Dundee United, Dundee, St Johnstone, Dunfermline Athletic, Livingston, Alloa and East Fife. The easy bit is getting signed, the difficulty is staying there and progressing to the first teams.

    Becoming a footballer is difficult and most, if not all of the players, will experience rejection and a coach or club telling them they are not good enough. We do all that we can to support players in their journey and through the ups and downs. No 2 players will have the same route. They all develop at different times.

    Congratulations to everyone that has signed for a pro academy this year and to those that haven't, don't get too upset as we have clear evidence that you do not have to be signed at 9 years of age to go on and become a player. None of the players that have international call ups were in the pro academy structure at 9!!

    IFA Scotland Selection

    We do not want to just provide a football pathway. As a futsal academy we want our players to have ambitions in futsal as well. I have no doubts that we will see Futsal Escocia players go on to play Champions League futsal, represent their country at full national level and potentially even play pro futsal abroad.

    In the summer the following players were selected to represent IFA Scotland in a youth tournament in Spain. The tournament was a fantastic experience for the players and coaches involved:

    • Calum Peddie
    • Scott Henry
    • Roan Kelso
    • Callum Husband
    • Leon Keddie
    • Aiden Mackenzie
    • Logan Raeside
    • Callum Hogg
    • Cameron Murray
    • Adam Prior
    • Joel Bryce
    • Liam Kennedy
    • Alfie Hutchison
    • Paul Mitchell
    • Kyle Fairley
    • Robert Peddie (coach)
    • Alec Raeside (coach)


    Our coaches are all a year wiser and a year more experienced. It is important that our coaches have a desire to continue to improve and to develop themselves. Head Coach Russell Taylor completed his Futsal UEFA B in Finland and Robert Peddie and Alec Raeside gained a massive amount of experience coaching in Spain. Alec and Russell also completed further education courses on Strength & Conditioning and Tactical Analysis with FC Barcelona. This experience will only benefit the players and teams. Further experience will be gained for a number of coaches from La Masia in April.


    We look forward to seeing our players, coaches and teams continue to challenge themselves to get to where they want to be. Together we can push each other to achieve and surpass our objectives.

    Bring on 2023 and the future!!