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NEW RULE TO BE INTRODUCED TO PHASE OUT HEADING IN GRASSROOTS YOUTH FOOTBALL MATCHES

FA Statement as follows In 2022, we became the first national association to successfully adopt the International Football Association Board [IFAB] trial to remove deliberate heading in grassroots football matches at U12 level and below. We first introduced the IFAB trial in England following our steps to bring in heading guidance in youth football in 2020, and then […]

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HOW TO SUPPORT PLAYERS WITH AUTISM

Here England Football Learning explain what autism is and how coaches can support players who have it. What is autism?   Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. It affects how people communicate and interact with the world. While it’s not a learning disability, research suggests that around half of people with autism may have one. This will […]

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FA GUIDANCE – ADULTS PLAYING AGAINST CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

The FA rules for children and young people under 16 prescribe a two – three year age banding in relation to playing a recognised match as this is in the best interests of child development within a football context. This provides parameters which allow children to develop alongside their peers who are of a similar […]

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COACH QUITS AFTER ROW WITH PARENT ABOUT TOP GOAL SCORER AWARD

I’m the manager and coach of a parent run club. We started the club from scratch last May and have just finished our first season. We were unhappy as parents with how the previous manager, coach and club was run so we set up ours for our children to stay together and enjoy football! Our […]

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73 YR OLD SETS LEAGUE RECORD FOR BEING THE OLDEST GOALSCORER

BN DON’s Micky Salsbury set a record in Sussex Sunday Football League 3 years back of being their oldest ever goal scorer, at 70 years old.   He played for the reserve team last weekend with the league title wrapped up, after running the line for both firsts and reserves all season. He then earned […]

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Breaking News – VAR & Goal line tech to be rolled out in Grassroots Football

Breaking News Press release times at 11.45AM on 1/4/24. In a controversial move that will see VAR and Goal line technology brought into grassroots sport we are left with only one thing to say…………..   GOTCHA ???? Happy April Fools Day 2024????   […]

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FA Guidance for use of Shinpads in Grassroots Football

Safety is a key consideration for our game and the Laws of the Game state that shin guards/pads are a compulsory piece of equipment. Shin pads play an important role in injury prevention as they are intended to protect the shin from injury. The amount of shin physically covered is an important consideration as any […]

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FOOTBALL FOUNDATION – LET’S GO 2024!

Thanks to funding from the Premier League, The FA and Government, we’re kicking off our biggest ever year of support for grassroots clubs across England. Following a record-breaking year in 2023, delivering £76 million to improve grassroots facilities across England, we’re gearing up to make 2024 even bigger. To help ensure everyone has access to […]

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Was 2023 a good year for the female grassroots game?

The honest answer to this is a resounding NO, in my honest opinion I don’t think it was a good year, in the famous style of Simon Cowell it wasn’t a great year, it’s been so much better than a great year, it was absolutely bloody amazing!!!!   If we start at the top of […]

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30 YR OLD MALE ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ASSAULTING A REFEREE AT U13 GAME

An U13s youth match between Diss Town U13s and Spixworth U13 was abandoned at the weekend, this led to a strongly worded statement being published and an investigation launched by the Norfolk County Football Association. Today we spoke to Norfolk Constabulary who have now confirmed the following; “Police were called to Bressingham playing fields shortly […]

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