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The FA’s concussion guidelines

Welcome to The FA Concussion Guidelines.

Here you will find helpful information and advice about how to recognise and manage a concussion from the time of injury through to a player’s safe return to football.

The guidance, which is designed to support those managing head injuries in football at all levels, is available in two forms – a free-to-download document and as an online resource – both of which you can access at the bottom of this page.

Below are some useful facts about concussion as well as some key considerations to think about should you ever be faced with managing a head injury either during a match or a training session.

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Nottinghamshire FA and Derbyshire FA holding Silent Sidelines this weekend!!!

This coming weekend 2 County FAs’ as part of their Respect weekend are holding Silent Sidelines, take a read of the Nottinghamshire FA statement below…

“Over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November, Nottinghamshire FA  alongside Derbyshire FA, we will be holding a Respect weekend. If you have been following our social media channels you would have received a few clues, but we can now announce that the theme of the weekend will be Silent Sidelines.

So what does a Silent Sideline involve?

Well the main aim is to encourage all of the adults involved in mini and youth soccer to give some thought to the things they say and shout, whilst watching their young players take part in football.

Does a Silent Sideline mean total silence?

No. We appreciate that this would be a little false, and probably not the thing that people want at a football match. What we would like to hear is parents and spectators applauding good play from both teams, praise where praise is due, but try to keep this to a minimum. We are also asking coaches to keep their instructions to an absolute minimum.

The whole idea is to let the children play, free from the pressures that can often come from the sidelines.

How do we want YOU to get involved?

Get the message out to your coaches, teams, parents and spectators that you are taking part, all in the name of Respect. We would like you to utilise the Respect Logos by printing them off, cutting them into strips and handing them out to your spectators on matchday. Then get supporters to hold them over their mouths, as a group or individually, and take their photo.

Either using your smartphone at the game, or when you get home, post your pictures on social media, using the hashtag #LetThemPlay, so we can see you supporting our Respect weekend!

If your team play in the YEL, there is a post on Facebook where you can comment and post your pictures.

We’d like to make it clear that this isn’t a pilot, trial or dry run of any rules change that would make this a permanent part of the game in either Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. It’s a one-off, for one weekend, all in the name of Respect.

There are some great resources now available from the FA, explaining how Respect can help the development of our young players, to help them become better players, better decision makers, and help them to love the game.

This is far more likely to happen if they can just play, free from the pressure of endless, often well intended, instructions and ‘guidance’ from the sidelines.

If you do one thing at the games on the 18th and 19th November 2017, makes sure you #LetThemPlay.”



When I started at The FA only five months ago, I said how delighted I was to become Chairman and that I was relishing the challenge. I also said that it was an honour to join The FA at such a pivotal point in the organisation’s recent history. In my first few months in charge there have already been a few pivotal moments for The FA.

This week we have another challenge – a perennial one it seems for football – as The FA’s governance will be debated in Parliament on Thursday.

Our governance needs changing. We do need to be more diverse, more open about decision-making and we do need to better represent those playing the game. But we are not sitting idly by. The FA has a set of proposals to improve our governance which we will ratify and then take to the Minister of Sport in order to get her approval. Change won’t be easy, but I am confident it will happen – and it will be substantial.

Delivering real change is my responsibility and I firmly believe this is critical for the future of the game. If the Government is not supportive of the changes when they are presented in the coming months, I will take personal responsibility for that. I will have failed. I will be accountable for that failure and would in due course step down from my role.

However, I don’t believe that The FA is failing football. That’s completely different. In fact I strongly dispute the motion put in front of Parliament that The FA is not meeting its duties as a governing body.

I do hope that those attending on Thursday make themselves aware of The FA’s duties and the great work we are actually doing. Our duties require us to promote, develop and invest in the game; and whilst I freely admit that our governance needs improvement, it doesn’t prevent us from supporting the game from top to bottom. In fact The FA is in good shape. It is investing record amounts into the grassroots game and changing the face of football in England.

Many people hear talk of an old-fashioned FA, but they don’t actually realise how it works or what it does. That’s a real shame. The FA is a not-for-profit organisation that invested over £65m into grassroots football last year alone – that’s more than any governing body in the world invests into a national sport.

Football at the grassroots is alive and kicking. Traditional eleven-a-side formats of the game may not be fitting into modern lifestyles so well, but we are adapting. 12 million people play football every year and flexible formats such as mini-soccer and walking football are growing at record pace.

Women’s football is also on the up. It is the third-most-popular team sport behind men’s cricket – for now, that is, as we have a plan in place to double our number of female players by 2020.

We also fund a massive facilities programme with £22m every year going into desperately-needed new playing facilities. We know other countries have better facilities than us, but we also know that this duty rarely falls to the football authorities in those countries.

Of course one of our primary duties is to deliver winning England teams. Like every English football fan I am desperate to achieve success with England – not just with the men’s senior team but with every one of our 24 men’s, women’s, youth and disability teams. We know England can and must do better, and at St. George’s Park we have a well-resourced and determined team striving to achieve our ambitions.

I hope Thursday’s debate genuinely reflects all the work of The FA and the positive impact football has in communities up and down England. I am also confident that when the time comes to present our changes to the Minister, she will agree that we are making positive and pro-active change.

I’m still very much relishing the challenge here at The FA. Whether it’s The Emirates FA Cup or The FA People’s Cup, we’re getting things done. Having started my football journey as a programme seller at Leicester City, it’s a pleasure to be leading The FA and really making a difference across football.


BREAKING NEWS!!!! FA state England WILL wear poppy despite FIFA ban

The FA have released a statement saying that the England players will wear black armbands bearing poppies during their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Armistice Day.


This is despite FIFA saying they would proceed to punish or sanction the FA/SFA if they decide to go with the poppies on the armbands or shirt.

FA statement in full

We fully respect the laws of the game and take our founding role on the International Football Association Board extremely seriously. The poppy is an important symbol of remembrance and we do not believe it represents a political, religious or commercial message, nor does it relate to any one historical event.

In keeping with the position agreed with FIFA back in 2011 and in what we believe is in accordance with law 4, para 4, the FA intend to pay appropriate tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by having the England team wear black armbands bearing poppies in our fixture on Armistice Day.

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FA Breaking News!! Changes to FA level 1 and 2 courses

The FA has announced revised Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching in Football courses. 

The new qualifications will be available from 1 August 2016 and are designed to modernise the first steps of The FA’s coaching pathway.
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The purpose of the new courses is to create a clear introduction to this pathway, that is aimed at people who want to coach as a volunteer at community club level, or aspire to make football coaching a career. 
Both Level 1 and Level 2 courses have evolved to help address the requirements of the modern game, and have been structured so coaches can enjoy a more flexible and personal learning experience.

Lasting up to four days, the majority of the Level 1 course is spent developing the required coaching skills on the field, with supportive tasks now available digitally. Crucially, coaches will now also be able to enjoy structured one-to-one guidance, from Level 1 and beyond.

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The new Level 2 course lasts ten days over three different blocks of learning and has been re-shaped to better reflect what’s required to coach specifically within youth football. It combines content from the existing FA Certificate in Coaching Football, with elements of the FA Youth Award modules 1 & 2. It has been put together with new content from The FA’s coach competency model.


Both qualifications have been modernised to help ensure there is a consistency in how coaching courses will be delivered at both the grassroots and elite end of the game – from Level 1 to Pro Licence – linking coaching modules to The FA’s England DNA philosophy. Anybody over 16 wanting to learn the basic skills of coaching football can apply.


Head of Grassroots Delivery, Les Howie said: “The modern day coach is ever evolving and these changes represent a significant shift in helping us be able to develop the quality of our grassroots coaching.


“The new Level 1 course provides more individual guided support throughout, and will help the coaches develop an understanding of their own ability. Many coaches have a real enthusiasm and aspiration to work in the game and continue their way through the coaching pathway, which is fantastic. By taking the key elements of the previous Level 2 and Youth Award courses, we are enabling them to do that.


“We know that the grassroots game already has a number of talented young players in the system, and we want to be able to increase that with more quality coaches working with them in youth football.


“However, we also know that a large majority of our grassroots coaches just want to be able to enjoy coaching their local team. Making sure they can develop, improve and learn as coach while enjoying their football is vital. These new courses reflect our ambition to help them achieve that.”


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This weekend, Grassroots 1 minute silence or applause. #YNWA

This weekend in honour of 96 angels who on the 15th of April 1989 went to a football match and never came home. 


The Grassroots Family unites this weekend to show its Respect. 


Set aside rivalries and stand shoulder to shoulder with your opponents and mark either 1 minute applause or silence before your games. 


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Halesowen children’s football match ends in melee with ref and parent injured

A MELEE broke out during a children’s football match in Halesowen which saw parents fighting and the referee attacked.

It has been reported today via the Halesowen News that another game has turned sour, the details that have been alleged are…..

The Halesowen Match descended into violence on Sunday afternoon.

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Tempers flared after a contentious decision and then it has been alleged that the referee was attacked.

During the ensuing fight its alleged that a parent was also injured and needed stitches for his wounds.

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Police were called to the scene where shocked parents and children had looked on in horror at the attack.

A parent, who did not want to named, said: “It was absolutely sickening, this was a children’s football match and to see such violence was a shock for everyone.

“We all know parents and team management can get carried away but this was on another level.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “A man has been arrested following an assault at a Halesowen amateur football match.

“Police were called to Newfield Park, Whittingham Road at around 1.55pm following reports that a 49-year-old man had been assaulted.”

She added: “Officers arrested a 52-year-old man from an address in Halesowen at around 2.30pm.
“The man has been bailed pending further police enquiries.”

The referee of the match, told the News: “I’m as well as I can be after something like this.”

He did not want to go into the details of the attack until the County FA had completed its investigations.

Brett Harrington, referees appointments officer, said: “We have a Respect officer whose team has been observing matches to see how the refs are treated.

“We are committed to bringing down the amount of abuse referees suffer from parents and players.”

Stories like these are becoming daily news, it has to stop.  The game we all love is meant for fun, enjoyment and a social past time. Not for brawling, violence and abuse. 


Story via Halesowen News Here 


Message from a Grassroots Coach, a letter I will never send.

Today I heard a comment made about me behind my back. I started to turn around and look, but then decided better of it and kept my eyes on the field. 


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My wife hears things like this more often than I do, because many of you don’t know who she is. She tells me what you say. I have received… angry emails, full of “suggestions,” about who should he playing where and how I… lost that day’s game for the kids. I thought I’d write an open letter to all of you parents, even though I might never send it.
I’ll start it this way: “I am a volunteer.” I’m the one who answered the call when the league said they didn’t have enough coaches.

 I understand that you were too busy. I have some news for you. I’m not retired, I’m busy too, I have other children and a job, just like you do. Not only do I not get paid to do this — it costs me money. I see you walk up to the game 15 minutes after it started, still dressed for work. Do you know I’ve already been here over an hour? 

Imagine it you had to leave work early nearly every day. I’ve never seen you at a practice.

I’m sure you’re plugging away at the office. But I’m out here, on the field, trying my best to teach these children how to play a sport they love, while my bank account suffers.

I know I make mistakes. In fact, maybe I’m not even that great of a coach. But I treat the kids fairly and with respect. I am pretty sure they like coming to my practices and games, and without me or someone like me, there’d he no team for them to play on. I’m part of this community too and it’s no picnic being out here on this stage like this. It’s a lot easier back there with the other parents where no one is second-guessing you.

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And I also know you think I give my son or daughter unfair advantages. I try not to. In fact, have you ever considered that maybe I’m harder on him than on the others? I’m sure he hears plenty of criticism at school from classmates, who hear it front you at home, about what a lame coach I am. And if, even unconsciously my kids are getting a slight advantage because I know them better and trust their abilities, is that the worst thing in the world, considering the sacrifice I’m making? Trust me, I want to win too. And if your son or daughter could guarantee we’d do that, I’d give them the chance.

After this game is over, I’ll be the last one to leave. I have to break down the goals, put away all the equipment and make sure everyone has had a parent arrive to pick them up. There have been evenings when my son and I waited with a player until after dark before someone came to get them. 
Many nights sure you’ve already had dinner and are relaxing on the couch by the time I finally kick the mud off my shoes and climb into my car. which hasn’t been washed or vacuumed for weeks.
Why bother cleaning it during the season? Do you know how nice it would be if, just once, after a game one of you offered to carry the heavy gear bag to my car or help straighten up the field?

If I sound angry, I’m not. I do this because I love it and I love being around the kids. There are plenty of rewards and I remind myself that while you’re at the oflice working, your kid is saying something that makes us all laugh or brings a tear to my eye. The positives outweigh the negatives. I just wish sometime those who don’t choose to volunteer their time would leave the coaching to the few of us who do.” 

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All hell breaks out a junior football match….

Days after the Chairman on the Surrey Youth league made claims of violence getting of control at Junior football matches we have been made aware of an alleged incident from Leicester on Sunday.  The Leicester Mercury are reporting as follows….

A junior football match was abandoned when one team’s players allegedly launched an attack on the referee, opposing players and supporters
A junior football match was abandoned when one team’s players allegedly launched an attack on the referee, opposing players and supporters.

Two men were reportedly taken to hospital with stud marks to their heads after violence broke out at the under-15s match between Leicester Nirvana Juniors FC and Thurmaston Magpies JFC at Hamilton Park, in Sandhills Avenue, Hamilton, Leicester on Sunday.

Thurmaston chairman and team manager James Harley said his side’s supporters and players had “been laid into”.

Nirvana officials, however, said some of their 14 and 15-year-old players were assaulted by adult supporters of Magpies. Its statement is published in full below.

It is claimed that 10 minutes before the end of the Leicester and District Sunday Juniors’ League game, which Thurmaston were winning 4-0, the Nirvana manager allegedly walked onto the pitch to speak to the referee, who had changed a decision after speaking to his linesman.

Thurmaston chairman and team manager James Harley said an elderly Thurmaston supporter, there to watch her grandson play, told the manager to get off the pitch, and was shouted at.

Mr Harley said the woman’s grandson ran over to intervene, when a Nirvana player started chasing him.
“The next thing, our supporters and players were laid into,” said Mr Harley. “They were fly-kicked, and one man was kicked to the floor.

“One of our supporters had to be taken to hospital with his son after six or eight of them got him, kicking and punching him.

“The ref was fly-kicked in the ribs and put on the floor.”

Magpies’ coach Elfyn Thomas said: “I’d gone onto the pitch to tend to our goalkeeper who’d got a cut in a collision with one of our own players.

“When I turned round to look back up the pitch, all hell had broken loose. About six or seven of their players, not the whole team, just flew at our players and supporters feet first.

“I was stood about five yards away from the ref when one of their players launched at him feet first and caught him in the ribs, winding him ad knocking him to the floor.

“The ref had done nothing to provoke it and there had been no problem until this happened. The police were called. They took statements and one parent handed over some video.”

Referee Nigel Garner, who is also the league secretary, said he had been asked not to speak about the incident by the county FA while an investigation is under way.

A Leicester referee, Stewart Walker, who spoke out in the Mercury on Saturday about violence at children’s football games, said: “I hope Nigel is okay, he is a great ref and person and I am just shocked to hear it has happened to him and I hope he gets better soon.

“All I know is he was assaulted and the police were called. I’m surprised it has happened to him, but as I know myself, things are getting worse.”

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: “We are investigating reports of an affray at about 11.45am on Sunday involving a number of people.

“It is unclear what injuries were suffered. Inquiries are in their early stages. There have been no arrests and the investigation continues.”

Keith Murdoch, chief executive officer at Leicestershire and Rutland County FA, said: “We are aware of incidents reported at the game which we are investigating.

“Until such time as we are able to conclude that, we are not able to say anything which may prejudice the investigation.”

Statement from Leicester Nirvana
In a statement, Leicester Nirvana said: “For the second time in four years, youth from Nirvana Football Club had to witness adults become physically aggressive and assault 14 – 15-year-old boys at a game.

“The alleged offence occurred at an Under 15’s football game between Leicester Nirvana and Thurmaston Magpies FC on Sunday at Hamilton Park.

“Nirvana feel compelled to share their shock and disappointment at the events that many had to witness.

“The incident was further inflamed after 14 -15 year old boys from Nirvana were attacked by two middle aged adults (from the opposing spectators) that attended the fixture, resulting in further melees.

“The Leicestershire County FA, the league and the police have all been notified and are all commencing investigations. We will work with all mentioned and any others necessary to ensure this matter is dealt with and resolved in a swift and satisfactory manner.”

The statement added: “The club takes its safeguarding duty with the utmost seriousness and will not under any circumstances put the safety of our players or any others at risk.

“We will work with all parties to ensure this matter is dealt with and resolved. We are sure members from the opposing club, as are we, disappointed to have been put in this position.

“All names of those involved in the fixture have been provided by the club. Our hope is that the opposing club also does the same, especially forwarding the names of the two male adults who physically assaulted and attacked minors on a football pitch.

“The continuing catalogue of incidents by adults against children/ youths demonstrates there is a real need for solutions and a constructive and informed debate with the police and those who govern football.”
Reporter  Alan Thompson

Courtesy Leicestermercury.co.uk

Can Grassroots learn a lesson by the Liverpool fan walkout???

The mighty Liverpool FC made a board decision to increase ticket prices, unfortunately they hadn’t bargained on the fans reaction. 

The fans without which there would be no mighty Liverpool said NO, they stood together and said NO, public opinion then swayed the mighty board of Liverpool into one of the biggest Premier league climb downs we have seen in recent times. 

Is Grasroots football any different?

Although the situation with Liverpool was slightly different the principle remains the same. 

When a group of society for whatever reason stand firm and stand together the results can be overwhelming. 

What’s your opinion??

Nominations open for FA Community Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s. 

The awards are now a firm fixture on the football calendar and this is the seventh year that the best clubs and volunteers are to be recognised.


 Last year saw a record number of nominations – with thousands of grassroots clubs and individuals being put forward. And this year, there is even greater incentive to get nominations in – The FA will be offering six chances to win family tickets to a friendly England fixture in the build up to the Uefa European Championship in the summer.
There are seven categories of award, including Volunteer of the Year, FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year and the coveted People’s Award, which last year was won posthumously by Glenn Weaver for his lifetime dedication to the development of women’s football.

Winners will be awarded in each County before Regional winners are selected who will form the shortlist for the national finalists. The national winners will be selected by a judging panel featuring legends of the game including Martin Keown and McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst.
FA Chief Executive, Martin Glenn said: “As the nominations come in once again there is sure to be a wealth of examples of the many of inspiring stories that exist within grassroots football. The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s serve as a fitting platform to recognise the clubs and the army of volunteers that make such a massive contribution to football.”
Nominees are not limited to one selection – if they wish to multiple nominations they can do so at 


up to 31 March 31 when the nominations close and judges begin the difficult task of making their selections.


FA Launches Grassroots pitch audit….

FA launches grassroots pitch audit

The FA has launched a major audit of grassroots football facilities in conjunction with County FAs across England.

  Time to see real investment into facilities. 

A call has gone out to the 21,000 club administrators across FA-affiliated clubs to provide information on the state of the pitches and grounds that they play on. The data will provide an authoritative view on the state of pitch provision in the country.
Mark Pover, The FA National Facilities and Investment Manager said: “The club grounds data to be collected over the next month and will provide us with tremendous insight into the current provision of football pitches up and down across the country. This will help us work together to protect and nurture these facilities not just for today’s players now but those of future generations.”
The information is being gathered via the Whole Game System portal – the online resource used by all FA affiliated clubs to manage their administration.
Over four in five pitches in England are under the control of local authorities or educational establishments. Funding cuts across local government has resulted in fewer resources being made available to support pitch provision.
However the data generated will give The FA a fuller picture of where there is an under-provision and enable it to lobby for important playing spaces to be protected from development.
There are also a range of grants that clubs can apply for which cover both small and large scale improvements to their facilities and the information will also enable The FA to identify opportunities that may exist for clubs to receive support.
The FA commits £12 million per year into The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund – which provides major grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, but clubs also have access to smaller grants of up to £10,000 it support their infrastructure.
And in December an emergency £750,000 fund grassroots clubs was set up to help clubs in the north of England affected by the recent spate of flooding.
“Improving grassroots facilities is at the forefront of The FA’s agenda and this information is vital in helping us maintain and improve the environment in which teams play.” added Pover.