Baltic Futsal League

The Baltic Futsal League is a new futsal club commercial competition involving 8 teams from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Belarus.

Baltic Futsal League
Baltic Futsal League logo.png
Organising bodyMTÜ Baltic Futsal League
Founded2019
RegionBaltic
Number of teams8
WebsiteWebsite
2019-2020 Baltic Futsal League

The debut season was scheduled to take place between October 2019 and April 2020, but was interrupted by COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and postponed until further notice. The competition format is one round among 8 teams, adding up to 28 matches in total.

A big challenge for the organizers was the match calendar that suits participants from all countries, as the national championships in each country take place at very different times throughout the year.[1]

The matches were covered by media, social media and online streaming services, including in-depth live statistics.[2] The tournament was prepared as a media product, hoping to attract sponsors, advertisers, and potentially reach TV audiences. The participating clubs are incentivized by free travel and accommodation.[1] In the first ever Baltic Futsal League press-conference in Saint Petersburg on 14 May 2019, the league organizers paid particular attention at commercial, PR and marketing aspects of the competition, providing free training and consultations to each of the participating clubs.[3] The league will promote growth and experience of the clubs, planning to expand the league in the future, attracting participants from more countries.[4][5][6]

ParticipantsEdit

A total of eight teams competed in the 2019–2020 season:[7][8][9]

Note: Two Saint Petersburg teams «АЖИО» and «Фруктовый мир» have joined together to compete as «АЖИО-ФМ».[7]

Current SeasonEdit

The first match took place on 2019 October 18 in Riga.[10][11] The last round of the season was planned to take place 11 April 2020 in Tallinn, with award ceremony to follow. However, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 12 March it was announced that the championship is being suspended until further notice.[12] As the pandemic was easing, the organizers held an online conference with the participating clubs on 23 July 2020. Discussion about completing 2019–2020 season as well as 2020–2021 season schedule were questions on the agenda.[13]

Matchday 1

FC Petrow  4:7  FK Vytis
 Rīga

FC Cosmos  1:3  Agio FM
 Kehra

TFK Rēzekne  2:4  Narva United FC
 Ludza

FC Stalitsa  7:1  Gargždų Pramogos
 Minsk

Matchday 2

FK Vytis  5:1  TFK Rēzekne
 Jonava

Agio FM  10:3  Narva United FC
 Saint Petersburg

Gargždų Pramogos  3:4  FC Petrow
 Gargždai

FC Cosmos  2:10  FC Stalitsa
 Tallinn

Matchday 3

FC Stalitsa  4:4  Agio FM
Penalties
4:5
 Minsk

Narva United FC  2:4  FC Cosmos
 Narva

FK Vytis  6:3  Gargždų Pramogos
 Kaunas

FC Petrow  7:3  TFK Rēzekne
 Rīga

Matchday 4

FC Stalitsa  4:0  TFK Rēzekne
 Minsk

Gargždų Pramogos  5:11  Agio FM
 Gargždai

FC Cosmos  1:9  FC Petrow
 Kehra

Narva United FC  v  FK Vytis
 Narva

Matchday 5

FC Petrow  3:7  FC Stalitsa
 Jelgava

Gargždų Pramogos  3:5  Narva United FC
 Gargždai

Agio FM  v  FK Vytis
 Saint Petersburg

TFK Rēzekne  5:7  FC Cosmos
 Ludza

Matchday 6 will take place 14–18 March

postponed

Final matchday will take place 11 April in Tallinn

postponed

Championship TableEdit

  • as of 29 February
# Club Played Win Draw Lose Win on
Penalties
Lose on
Penalties
Goals + Goals - Goal Diff. Points
1 FC Stalitsa 5 4 1 0 0 1 32 10 +22 13
2 AGIO FM 4 3 1 0 1 0 28 13 +15 11
3 FK Vytis 3 3 0 0 0 0 18 8 +10 9
4 FC Petrow 5 3 0 2 0 0 27 21 -6 9
5 Narva UTD 4 2 0 2 0 0 14 19 -5 6
6 FC Cosmos 5 2 0 3 0 0 15 28 -13 6
7 TFK Rezekne 5 0 0 5 0 0 10 27 -17 0
8 Gargždų Pramogos 5 0 0 5 0 0 15 33 -18 0

Top ScorersEdit

# Player Minutes Played Goals
1 Mykhailo Grytsyna /FC Stalitsa/ 41' 9
2 Maksim Sens /FC Petrow 79 6
3 Kirill Osinovskiy /AGIO FM/ 53' 5
4 Roman Ananev /AGIO FM/ 53' 4
5 Ruslan Lazyuk /FC Stalitsa/ 59' 4
6 Beto /FC Stalitsa/ 61' 4

2020-2021 seasonEdit

The first meeting of the League Board took place in the Tallinn on 1 of March. The league calendar was discussed, as well as the league promotion. It was announced that currently there are 12 clubs from 9 countries interested in the 2020–2021 season. There would be 22 league rounds, totaling to 132 games. The matches would take place between October and April.[14]

The competition was affected by COVID-19 pandemic, the completion of 2019–2020 season was postponed, which is likely to affect the start of the next season. The clubs and the organizers met on an online conference on 23 July 2020 to discuss the next season's calendar, yet no details were made public.[13]

There were talks that the nmber an d the geography of the participants will expand, however the list of participants was announced on 28 November, which included 8 teams — two from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and one from Belarus and Ukraine.[15] Seven of the clubs remained the same, the Ukrainian team replaced the Russian team.

At the beginning of December the numbers of COVID-19 cases increased rapidly, and on 8 December 2020 the organizers announced that the season start is postponed to April 2021.[16]

1 „FK Vytis Kaunas“ (Lithuania)
2 „Gargždų Pramogos–SC“ (Lithuania)
3 „FC Petrow“ (Latvia)
4 TFK Rezekne (Latvia)
5 „MFK Stolitsa“ (МФК «Столица») (Belarus)
6 „SK Sokil“ (СК «Сокіл») (Ukraine)
7 „FC Narva United“ (Estonia)
8 „FC Cosmos“ (Estonia)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b https://balticfutsal.com/interview/interview-shipunov/[dead link]
  2. ^ https://balticfutsal.com/announcement/agree-instat/[dead link]
  3. ^ https://balticfutsal.com/interview/interview-with-mikhail-alexandrov/[dead link]
  4. ^ https://rogov.ee/m/futsal/[dead link]
  5. ^ "Балтийская футзальная лига". 7 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Startuoja Baltijos futsal lygos projektas".
  7. ^ a b https://balticfutsal.com/team/stolica-minsk/[dead link]
  8. ^ "Уникальный футзальный проект - новости спорта, новости стран Балтии - газета "Обзор", новости Литвы".
  9. ^ "Kaks Eesti klubi osalevad uues saalijalgpalli Balti liigas". 15 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Season 19/20".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-10-21. Retrieved 2019-10-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Baltic Futsal League Official statement – Baltic Futsal League". balticfutsal.com. Archived from the original on 2020-03-21.
  13. ^ a b https://balticfutsal.com/announcement/we-go-forward-listening-to-each-other/[dead link]
  14. ^ "Baltic Futsal League on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-04-27.[user-generated source]
  15. ^ "Baltic Futsal League on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-04-27.[user-generated source]
  16. ^ "Season 2020/21 is delayed for spring 2021".

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