Grantham Futsal Competition a Huge Success


The second edition of the Sir Isaac Newton Futsal Tournament was held at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre on Sunday 7 July, with over 100 players enjoying the fun, fast-paced format of the game.

The event, which is organised annually by Grantham United FC, saw 12 teams and over 100 players from across the country come together at a central venue for a full day of Futsal competition. 

A draw night was hosted at Lincolnshire FA’s offices ahead of the competition to establish which six teams would compete in Group A, and which six teams would compete in Group B. 

Each team played five games in the group stages before heading into a knock-out competition to decide who would win the three trophies on offer based on their overall finishing position. 

All fixtures throughout the day were split between two futsal pitches and were overseen by five qualified futsal officials. 

To see a complete list of results from the group stages, please CLICK HERE

The eventual winners, Secapeli Utd, defeated Grimsby Futsal 6-5 on penalties after a fascinating 1-1 draw in normal time. Grimsby boasted the tournament’s top goalscorer, Matthew Payne, amongst their ranks and had beaten Secapeli 3-0 in the group stages, but back-to-back shootout saves from the Secapeli goalkeeper saw them crowned the Sir Isaac Newton 2019 futsal champions. 

Other notable mentions must go to Galante Futsal Club, who beat Sheffield Futsal 2-0 to secure the cup trophy, and also to Polonia Futsal who overcame the hosts, Grantham United Futsal, by three goals to two, which saw them take home the Shield trophy. 

To view the final competition standings, please see the table below.


Pitch  Teams    Final Table Position  Time  Results 
MH  Grimsby Futsal v Sheffield Futsal  Game 1  Semi-Finals  16.200  2-1 
TTC  Secapeli Utd v Galante  Game 2  2-1 
MH  Aylesbury v Corby     9th/10th 16.45  4-2 
TTC  Salbaka v Bottesford Town B  11th/12th  3-0 
MH  Grantham United A v Polonia  Shield  5th/6th  17.10  2-3 
TTC  Bottesford Town A v Pumas    7th/8th  1-2 
TTC  Sheffield FC v Galante  Cup  3rd/4th  17.35  0-2 
MH  Grimsby Futsal v Secapeli Utd Final  1st/2nd  17.35  1-1 

*20x20 minute game – one minute timeout p/team each half


Position  Team  Trophy 
1st  Secapeli Utd  Sir Isaac Newton Main Trophy 
2nd  Grimsby Futsal  Sir Isaac Newton Runners Up 
3rd  Galante Futsal  Sir Isaac Newton CupWinners 
4th  Sheffield Futsal  Sir Isaac Newton Cup Runners Up
5th  Polonia Futsal  Sir Isaac Newton Shield Winners 
6th  Grantham United A  Participation Trophy 
7th  Pumas  Participation Trophy  
8th  Bottesford Town A  Participation Trophy  
9th  Aylesbury Futsal  Participation Trophy  
10th  Corby Futsal  Participation Trophy  
11th  Salbaka Futsal  Participation Trophy  
12th  Bottesford Town B  Participation Trophy  

Jake Park, Lincolnshire FA Football Development Officer, said: “Lincolnshire FA was delighted to support the delivery of this competition and the day itself was hugely successful. To have over 100 players present across 12 teams was really pleasing and the whole day was played in great spirit. 

“Full credit must go to Paulo Pires of Grantham United FC and his team for their tireless hard work in the lead-up to the event, and also on the day itself. We are fortunate to have some really committed individuals driving futsal across the county, and I am looking forward to working alongside them over the coming months as we aim to increase futsal participation within Lincolnshire.”

The event was also attended by Reginald Jackson (LFA Board Member), George Richardson (LFA Council Member) and Adam Jones (Derbyshire FA). 

Following the event, Reginald Jackson said: “The day for futsal competition at the Grantham Meres Leisure Centre was a great success. Never have we seen an array of teams from different areas assembled into futsal competition in Lincolnshire. Credit must go to Grantham United who organised the event and to the Lincolnshire FA for their support during the day.”