London UK - 29th October 2020—The Pokémon Company International and The Football Association (The FA) today launched the second season of Pokémon Futsal, to continue to provide participation opportunities and help younger players develop their football skills.
Building on the success of the opening year of the partnership, the second season will see The FA and Pokémon work closely using their shared values of evolution and progression through training to showcase the benefits that participation in Futsal can have on youth football development.
The FA and Pokémon have released a fun and engaging launch video today, featuring England Senior Men’s players Raheem Sterling and Tammy Abraham, kid Youtuber Tekkerz Kid and football legends Joe Cole and Rachel Yankey, all showcasing their skill with Pokémon’s limited edition Futsal balls, as well as a special appearance from England Senior Men’s Manager Gareth Southgate. The content brings to life the latest season of Pokémon Futsal, encouraging all kids to ‘train like a master’ and continue to learn and evolve their Futsal skills, whatever their level.
The launch video also encourages kids and parents to visit mastertheball.com and learn more about the FA Pokémon Youth Futsal programme, with the option to find participating clubs that are taking part in the FA Pokémon Youth Cup. Not only are these participating clubs able to get hold of the Pokémon kit bundle packs, as showcased in the video, but they can also receive a limited-edition Pikachu Futsal Pokémon Trading Card.
The launch video can be viewed here.
Coming soon, Pokémon will be releasing further exciting content on the mastertheball.com website, including brand new training videos to help kids to continue to develop their game, and an exclusive piece of content, ‘Master Your Skill’, being revealed later this month that encourages kids to showcase their skills!
The FA and Pokémon will continue to work closely together throughout the second season by creating exciting, standout initiatives to engage kids and coaches at participating clubs up and down the country, culminating in the 2020/21 FA Pokémon Youth Cup, targeted at participating Futsal clubs later next year.
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The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, please visit www.pokemon.co.uk.
About The Football Association
The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and successfully generates enough revenue to support the investment of £180m into English football each year. The FA oversees 28 England international teams, across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running FA Competitions, including the Emirates FA Cup and Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium connected by EE and St. George’s Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.