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The FA Announce Guide to Improving Match Day for Children

We can all help children enjoy football more by creating the right environment.

That is why The FA has produced an easy-to-follow guide to help improve the matchday experience for younger players.

From introducing codes of conduct to simply providing refreshments, the guide offers plenty of tips to help every volunteer, coach or manager of a grassroots youth team.

There has never been as many youth teams (over 62,000) playing across the country and we can all do our bit to ensure our young players stay in love with the game.


Get your FREE guide HERE

A statement from The FA’s Sue Ravenlaw on Andy Woodward’s disclosure of sexual abuse

Sue Ravenlaw, The FA’s head of equality and safeguarding, said:-

“Reading Andy Woodward’s story in The Guardian was heartbreaking and we applaud his immense courage in coming forward to speak about the horrific abuse he suffered.

“Barry Bennell remains permanently suspended from football, in line with our procedures.

“The FA takes all matters of safeguarding and child protection seriously and we encourage anyone who may have experienced or is experiencing abuse in football, to contact the NSPCC’s confidential 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or Child Line for children and young people 0800 1111.

“We’ve worked with the NSPCC for 16 years and we know how important it is for victims of abuse to be guided to where they can receive independent, confidential support from trained professionals.

“Important information on how to report any concerns about a child’s welfare in football can be found here.

“Reports can be made via designated safeguarding officers, direct to the professional who work at The FA or via statutory agencies and the NSPCC.

“In conjunction with the Premier League, English Football League and County FAs, we’ve been working to build fun and safe environments for children and young people to participate in. The FA and the football bodies do not tolerate any form of bullying and or abuse in football.

“Criminal record checks are required for those in regulated activity with children, in line with legislation and FA Regulations. More than 35,000 people go through The FA’s safeguarding children awareness workshop, or tailored training every season and we require every club or league with affiliated teams who are U18, to have a named, trained designated safeguarding officer, who has been criminal record checked.”

Referring a concern can be done via your club, league or County FA – all will have a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO), trained by The FA. Alternatively, you can email them directly via safeguarding@thefa.com.


FA guide to Safeguarding children – No action is not an option.

The FA’s role in safeguarding and dealing with abuse

Let’s make football safe, not sorry

As the governing body of football in this country, The FA wants to do everything it can to create a sustainable safe and enjoyable framework around the game we all love.

We want you to feel confident in football and to know that your child will have fun and be safe.

If standards ever fall short; with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, there is a framework in place to make sure we can deal with it and by reporting a concern you can help us make sure that the youth game stays safe and strong.

If you, or your child, are involved in football we encourage you to share this film with club staff, parents and volunteers to help spread the message that by reporting your concerns you can help to keep youth football fantastic. Click on the video link above to watch this film.

So, anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with child welfare.

Referring a concern can be done via your club, league or County FA – all will have a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO), trained by The FA. Alternatively, you can email them directly via safeguarding@thefa.com.

If the matter is urgent and you cannot contact your club or County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, you can call The FA/NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 – or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the Police or Children’s Social Care in your area.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. No action is not an option.