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  1. Heading in Youth Football to Be Phased Out Over Three Years

    Heading in Youth Football to Be Phased Out Over Three Years
    The perils of regularly heading a football have been discussed in the media and throughout the game for many years. In recent years, an Alan Shearer documentary and details of Jeff Astle’s dementia diagnosis have intensified the debate.  Very few people are calling for an outright ban on heading, as it’s an integral part of the game. All sports have...
  2. What Are the Main Grassroots Football Technologies in Use Today?

    What Are the Main Grassroots Football Technologies in Use Today?
    Technology is now part and parcel of professional football – for good or bad. While it usually enhances the game, it’s not without its critics. That’s mainly because there are laws, not rules. Just about every contentious decision is open to debate. Nevertheless, VAR, goal-line technology and the upcoming automated offside system are going nowhere.  But it’s not just the...
  3. How to Get Involved in Women’s Football in England

    How to Get Involved in Women’s Football in England
    Women’s football in the UK soared in popularity following the monumental efforts of the Lionesses during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Despite losing gallantly to Spain in the final, England’s best and brightest women inspired a new generation to take up the sport for the first time.  If you or your child is one of those who was inspired...
  4. A Beginner's Guide to Football Coaching Qualifications in the UK

    A Beginner's Guide to Football Coaching Qualifications in the UK
    Whether you’re focusing on a career in the Premier League or your local grassroots Sunday football competition, the pathway to becoming a qualified football coach in the UK is clear for anyone with the determination to succeed. But what’s the best route into coaching these days? And which qualifications do you need to succeed? This article breaks it all down. ...
  5. 8 Top Tips for Becoming a Grassroots Football Coach for Children

    8 Top Tips for Becoming a Grassroots Football Coach for Children
    You don’t need to have a long and productive history in football to become an effective football coach. As long as you’re passionate about grassroots football, you’re reasonably fit and are prepared to learn, there’s nothing stopping you from becoming a coach in your local community. However, there’s a lot of hard work involved, and you’ll need to find quite...
  6. How Do I Set Up a Football Pitch in My Garden

    How Do I Set Up a Football Pitch in My Garden
    If you have a reasonably large garden, you have a great opportunity to hone your football skills at any time. As long as you have a few essential items of football equipment and you’re willing to put the hard work in, you could be playing short-sided games and kickabouts later today! Here’s our brief guide on how to set up...
  7. What Should a Grassroots Referee Have In Their Kit Bag?

    What Should a Grassroots Referee Have In Their Kit Bag?
    Whether you’re refereeing Sunday league football or an aspiring pro ref, you’ll need to build a high-quality equipment inventory to ensure you’re always ready to officiate.  Here at The Soccer Store, we like to help players, coaches and match officials prepare for match action, which is why we’ve created this list of essential and desirable kit bag items for grassroots...
  8. 7 Interesting Games to Play with Popup Soccer Goals

    7 Interesting Games to Play with Popup Soccer Goals
    If you have a pair of popup soccer goals at your disposal, you’ll never have too much trouble setting up a game or training session. Whether you’re enjoying a family picnic or a day at the beach, lightweight and portable football goals you simply unfold and put on the ground have the potential to transform your relationship with the beautiful...
  9. Five Fun Football Variants That Are Easy to Play

    Five Fun Football Variants That Are Easy to Play
    Playing football at the grassroots level isn’t always easy. Whether you’re struggling to buy the necessary football equipment or find a local team, getting involved can be a challenge. That’s why finding fun alternatives that are accessible and easy to play is important.  Yes, nothing beats the traditional game in terms of fun and coming together with your peers in...
  10. What Is the FA’s Strategy for Grassroots Football?

    What Is the FA’s Strategy for Grassroots Football?
    Grassroots football in the UK might be on life support, but there is still hope for the future. While the cost of living crisis has affected the game in communities across the country, help is available — albeit limited in nature.  While the issue of chronic underfunding is still holding the game back at the grassroots level, there are some...

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