Where do my Futsal fees go?

At Football South we feel it’s important and fair to give you transparency on the what you get for your money. We carefully consider the costs of everything we deliver in order to make our programmes accessible, sustainable and to also allow us to invest into the wider game – especially around quality of experience, capability development and participation growth in line with our strategic plan.

Detailed below is the breakdown of where your Futsal fees go. Please note that this is specific to the leagues in Dunedin, and costs and breakdown may differ depending on the region. Also note that this is across all our junior, youth and senior competitions as a whole – the breakdown may differ across different leagues.

Finally, just a reminder that this is based on what we charge a team or school, and that’s not always what’s charged on to the individual players once things like kit and travel are factored in.

What do we charge?

Assuming each team has 7 players, our competition fees are structured as follows:

Kids games are usually 30 minutes, with adults being 40 minutes.

What are my fees used for?

  • The actual costs of us running the competition make up around 73% of your fees. These are expenses that go directly back to paying for critical parts of the competition, such as court hire, referees, staff, our competitions management platform, equipment and referee kits.
  • Included in your fees is a 10% membership contribution to your New Zealand Futsal – this is specifically tagged as to the development of the game nationally, including national teams and the support we receive for coach and player development from their staff. These funds often come back to the competition in the form of goals, bibs, and balls which means we can keep the entry fees lower.
  • 3% of your fees go to Southern United’s National League Futsal squad, who are the aspirational pathway for Futsal in our region and compete in the national league over summer. Our own Futsal Development & Competitions Manager (Michael Sannum) is currently the captain of the team, with the squad making the grand final for three of the last four seasons.
  • This leaves approximately 14% surplus, which is used by Football South to invest into its strategic plan – for example referee development, the girls & women’s game, coach development etc. All community coaching courses being free, a new no-cost Girls Only League, and the building of our two-field artificial turf on Logan park are some of many examples of what this goes towards. You can view more detail through our strategic plan here: http://www.footballsouth.co.nz/ABOUT-1/Strategy-Vision
  • This also supports Michael to make improvements to the Futsal competitions and development pathways. We’ve got some exciting plans for the future so get in touch to find out more or keep an eye out for communications over the next few months

Futsal is one of the most popular and fastest growing sports in New Zealand (and globally). Football South support over 1,300 teams to play each year which means we have the largest number of leagues and teams in New Zealand. 

As we mentioned, we work hard to keep the fees accessible but also balance this with investing in the wider game. We’d love to make it cheaper, but the realities are that our costs continue to increase, and we’ve absorbed these over the past few years. We feel like we offer a good experience and its value for money – but we’re always open to feedback if you have ideas that can make us better.  

For families in hardship we do have a fund to support your family to play Futsal, so get in touch with Michael to get more information.


Want some help or support with your Futsal team?

As a member of Football South, you can access support and development opportunities for your team, school or club. These might be in the form of:

  • Coach and referee development for volunteers
  • Resources such as session plans, and we often have spare balls and equipment to give away
  • Example sessions and workshops delivered by qualified development staff
  • General advice and support to fit your needs

Get in touch with Michael Sannum via our contacts page and he’ll advise you on what’s best.