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FA release results of largest ever Grassroots Survey


A record feedback figure has been collated by The FA in the latest Grassroots Football Survey.

Now in its second year, the survey took in the views of over 30,000 people, including players, coaches, referees, staff and volunteers, topping the total of number of respondents from last year in the process.

And The FA’s director of participation and development, Kelly Simmons, has thanked those who took the time to provide invaluable feedback.

Grassroots Football Survey 

  • Participants: 30,161
  • 14% – People involved in the grassroots game are negative towards their County FA
  • 27% – Coaches are positive about the opportunities they have to progress than they were a year ago
  • 24% – Adult female players feel supported by their County FA
  • 34% – Grassroots players aged 55+ currently play walking football

“We are very grateful to all the people who took time to complete the questionnaire,” said Simmons.

“It provides both The FA and CFAs with invaluable insight, helping shape and prioritise investment and services into the grassroots game.

“The FA invests £50m per annum into the grassroots game and the survey helps to shape FA priorities for all those with key roles in the grassroots game from coaches, referees, club and league officials and general volunteers who make football happen week in and week out.

“We can see how social media is playing its part in how people access and consume information about the game at this level, how people are utilising the smaller sided format rather than the traditional 11 v 11 game, and how people are incorporating other sports into their weekly football fix.”

The survey found that many in the grassroots community still aren’t fully utilising the services their County FA has to offer, with only half (49 per cent) aware that their County can offer advice and funding for facility development.

The availability of good quality Artificial Grass Pitches (AGP) is increasingly important to those in the grassroots game with 63 per cent of those involved in the grassroots game citing them as a priority, compared to 56 per cent last year; good news for those communities set to become the beneficiaries of Parklife schemes next year in Liverpool and west London respectively.

The increasing ascendance of the women’s game is reflected too. Adult female players feel better supported (24 per cent) than their male counterparts (14 per cent) and a greater proportion from the grassroots game would prefer to hear about both the men and women’s senior national teams combined (20 per cent) than just the men’s alone (12 per cent).

There is, however, still work to do in other areas of the diversity agenda; black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) participants are less likely to find their County either accessible (33 per cent) or inclusive than non-BAME participants (43 per cent). This is an area The FA is working hard to address.

“It is the responsibility of The FA both centrally and County FAs to ensure everyone, irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, faith and every other of the protected characteristics, has the same positive experience,” added Simmons.

“More than ever, we’re committed to the philosophy of For All and making sure everyone has the opportunity to be involved in the game at whatever level, and in whatever capacity, they wish to participate at.”

Grassroots Survey Results………

The results of our Grassroots survey have been overwhelming. 

At Grassroots we held a survey about missed games due to the British winter weather. 

With some teams having not kicked a ball for 9 weeks due to waterlogged pitches etc. 

We asked “Has the time came for seasons to be moved”

The overwhelming response. Was yes, with a massive 78% of participants voting to move the season. A few options were put forward with the following being the most popular. 
The preferred option seems to be

League starts

March-Mid July

Break for school holidays

Mid July – early Sept

Season resume


With a mini Futsal or Indoor league to be played Dec-Feb.  

Large scale investment into Grassroots football, ground maintenance and 3G pitches can no longer be relied upon. 

The above is a very quick and easy way to guarantee more games and less cancellations. 

Leon, South Shields

We have to agree with majority on this subject, It would certainly be easy to facilitate and wouldn’t involve huge costs but significantly increase the game time around the UK and reduce the number of cancelled games 

Full results of FA Grassroots Survey

The FA has released data from the largest survey ever undertaken into grassroots football.
More than 28,750 players, coaches, referees, staff and volunteers responded to the online poll during October.
And results show that their commitment to supporting the national game is steadfast – with more than three-quarters of respondents indicating that they plan to maintain or increase their involvement next season.
Grassroots Football Survey 2015
Participants: 28,757

52% believe football is best value-for-money sport 

25% would play more if there were better facilities 

£260m to be invested by The FA into grassroots football 

150 new ‘Parklife’ hubs to be set up in 30 cities 

County Coaches introduced to improve and support grassroots coaching

Grassroots coaching packages to increase diversity of coaches
More than half (52 per cent) hold the view that football is the most value-for-money sport to take part in – beating cycling (36 per cent) and running (32 per cent). 
But the survey also confirms areas where it is widely accepted the state of the grassroots game needs to improve.
When it comes to playing facilities, in line with the findings of Greg Dyke’s Chairman’s Commission, the survey found that among existing players, availability of pitches remains the biggest factor in how much they play and a lack of quality of pitches is putting them off playing more. 
Players with access to better quality pitches would like to play 25 per cent more often than currently, while those playing on poorly-maintained pitches are likely to reduce the amount they play next season.
Currently in England, 83 per cent of pitches are publicly owned and, as austerity measures kick in, local authority budgets are increasingly being squeezed. Therefore funds for pitch maintenance are often at risk as councils are forced to prioritise essential services. 
Breaking the dependency on under-funded local authority pitches is a central pillar of The FA’s new National Game Strategy for Participation and Development. 
“The scale of the response demonstrates the level of commitment that exists to improve the grassroots game”
Martin Glenn FA Chief Executive
A significant slice of the £260m budget over the next four years has been allocated to improving facilities directly – with investment set aside to bring the number of all-weather 3G artificial grass pitches more in line with some of our European counterparts. 
New grass-turf pitches and improvements to a further 2,000 existing pitches are also in the pipeline.
And with Government support, further funds have also been dedicated to build up to 150 new ‘Parklife’ football hubs across as many as 30 cities – with a pilot scheme only months from starting in Sheffield. 
When it comes to coaching standards, the survey reveals high satisfaction ratings among youth players (aged 10 to 15). However, that falls among older players with many feeling that the quality of coaching they receive decreases with age and poor coaching was identified as having a negative effect on the appetite of players to play regularly. 


FA Chairman Greg Dyke visits the site for the first football hub in Sheffield

FA Chairman Greg Dyke visited the site for the first football hub in Sheffield earlier this year
With the foundations of The FA’s new regional coaching structure currently being laid, some of the major concerns to be raised by coaches who completed the survey are already being addressed.
Only one in five coaches polled felt they were being supported in their development. Under the new grassroots coaching programme, there will be a network of County Coaches tasked with improving and supporting coaching across grassroots football with club mentoring programmes.
The survey highlighted some dissatisfaction around the cost of coaching courses, but also indicated that among individuals who had completed coaching qualifications, there was a greater sense that they have received value for money. 
The average price paid for a Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications equate to £5 per hour.
The FA’s new grassroots coaching package will see an extension of bursaries to get more women and people from diverse backgrounds into the profession – and there will be a drive to get more top level grassroots coaches into the game. 

National Game Strategy Launch

The FA are investing in new facilities across the country as outlined in the new National Game Strategy
Women and girls football – which has seen a growth in participation in recent years – is starting to set the grassroots standard. 
Approval ratings among female players about pitch availability and quality, changing facilities, refereeing and coaching standards are higher across the board.
FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said: “First of all I want to thank the near 30,000 supporters of grassroots football who have taken the time to respond to the survey – which makes it the largest ever undertaken by The FA.
“The scale of the response demonstrates the level of commitment that exists to improve the grassroots game and reminds us – if we ever need it – who we are representing and what we are striving to achieve. 
“There are lots of positives, we are listening and ready to act where needed.”

Survey confirmed as largest Grassroots survey ever in UK

FA Grassroots survey results released
We recently promoted a Grassroots survey on behalf of the FA, just under 30,000 people participated which is a record for the FA. The people have spoken, this is what the FA had to say. 

On Thursday (Dec 10), The FA will be publishing top-line data from the National Game Survey. The survey was conducted during the month of October and received over 28,750 responses. The level of response confirms the survey as the largest research sample that The FA has ever engaged.


Contributions were sought from players, coaches, referees as well as the staff and volunteers that form the 400,000-strong grassroots football workforce offering the fullest picture yet of the experiences and views of those involved in the national game.

FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said: “First of all I want to thank the near 30,000 supporters of grassroots football who have taken the time to responded to the survey – which makes it the largest ever undertaken by The FA.

“The scale of the response demonstrates the level of commitment that exists to improve the grassroots game and reminds us – if we ever need it – who we are representing and what we are striving to achieve. There are lots of positives, we are listening and ready to act where needed.”