Pokémon today announced that it has entered a three-year partnership with The Football Association (FA) to increase participation in the FA National Futsal Strategy.
Throughout the partnership, Futsal and Pokémon will use their shared values of evolution and progression through training to help appeal to children; raising Futsal’s profile and creating an identity for the game.
With Futsal placing emphasis on technical ability, decision making and reaction time of players it can result in more technically confident players, which England Coach, Gareth Southgate, is backing.
The Pokémon Company International and The FA will work closely to create an exciting range of initiatives at participating schools and clubs, culminating in the FA National Youth Festival in May 2020.
Michael Skubala, Head Coach of the England Futsal team, added:
“Its great to have such an iconic brand to sit alongside Futsal development where we will work hard together to get young players to experience futsal as part of their development. I know they will love it!”