- 25 years old
- Futsal (Advanced)
- Mamiko Tanabe
- West Midlands
Female futsal player looking to open up the 'mens' National Futsal League (NFL) to allow her to play at a level suitable to her experiences as a player.
The NFL committee is supportive of opening up the league, but this requires clearing a tough hurdle - sanctioning from the FA.
Mamiko has been playing futsal with and against male players for as long as she can remember. Currently there are no competitive opportunities for her to play at the high level suited to her skills, experience and knowledge of the game.
We have approached the FA to support the sanctioning of the NFL opening their league, but this has been rejected so far due to self-imposed FA regulations. Currently mixed teams can play football at u19 level, but no further. Futsal is not as reliant on player physicality as football is, and adults are permitted to play at the local league level in experimental mixed leagues. We believe this should be expanded even further to allow the National Futsal League set up to include female players who want to play and are good enough to play. We need your help to persuade the FA to make the right change.
While playing at local level, and training with NFL teams, Mamiko has never encountered opposition from refs, team mates or opponents due to being a female player playing the same game as them. The league itself is supportive of Mamiko, so why do the FA remain opposed?
Mamiko is looking for sponsors interested in promoting gender equality in sport and helping to open new pathways to advanced female futsal players. Could you help us to make a change and open up greater opportunities for female futsal players?