Doncaster Deaf Futsal Club were founded in 2002 and were formed following their association with Doncaster Deaf Football Club. The club consists of deaf and hard of hearing players. The club is fully supported by Doncaster College for the Deaf.
Doncaster’s involvement in English futsal dates back to the early formation of the sport. Doncaster Deaf Futsal began competing in the inaugural Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Futsal league. In 2005 the club won the play-off final in the regional league after beating 2003 FA Futsal Cup winners, Sheffield Hallam, with a score of 8-4.
The club qualified to the FA Futsal Cup in 2005 and progressed all the way to the final to meet Baltic United. In the final Doncaster Deaf Futsal Club became the first disability team to win a major Futsal competition after beating Baltic 3-2. As a result of their famous win Doncaster Deaf qualified to represent England in the UEFA Futsal Cup.
In 2006, Doncaster Deaf took part of UEFA Futsal Cup along with three strong experienced teams from Switzerland, Moldova and the hosts Andorra. Doncaster lost all the games but came close with a 5-4 defeat against the Swiss team.
After a period when the club disbanded Doncaster Deaf Futsal Club reformed just over a year ago. In 2014 they took part of British Deaf Futsal Cup in 2014 where they lost to Glasgow Deaf Futsal in the semi-final.
This competition saw Doncaster Deaf finishing in 3rd place after beating Colchester 4-3 in the play-offs.
Earlier this year, Doncaster Deaf managed to reach to the final of British Deaf Futsal Cup 2015 where the club met rivals St. John Deaf Futsal. After a tough game against Bristol Deaf Futsal in the Semi-final where they won 4-3 AET, then team lost 9-2 to St. John Deaf.
By coming second in the British Deaf Futsal Cup, Doncaster Deaf now qualify to the DCL (Deaf Champion League) Futsal Cup which will be held February 2016 in Huelva, Spain.
Club Honours –
- Play-off Winners Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Futsal League
- FA Futsal Cup winner 2005
- British Deaf Futsal Cup Finalist 2015
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Player to watch:
Daniel Hogan. One of the most skilful Deaf Futsal players in the UK. Captain that won the FA Futsal Cup in 2005. He had a short spell playing with Helveica Futsal and has played for England Deaf Futsal.
Coach Background –
Brian Green has been with Great Britain Deaf Football set-up for nearly 20 years as a player. Green set up Doncaster Deaf Futsal Club back in 2002 and went on to win the The FA Futsal Cup in 2005 both as a player and a coach. He was an assistant coach, behind former head coach Pete Sturgess for England Deaf Futsal between 2005 and 2007.