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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. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. How Much Does It Cost to Set Up a Grassroots Football Team?

    How Much Does It Cost to Set Up a Grassroots Football Team?
    It’s important never to lose sight of just how important grassroots football is in the UK. The beautiful game brings people together, gives young people a sense of purpose and keeps people fit. The more local teams there are, the better it is for society as a whole. But the cost of starting a grassroots football team has never been...
  8. The Beginner’s Guide to Effective Heading in Football

    The Beginner’s Guide to Effective Heading in Football
    Heading in grassroots football is a controversial issue — particularly in relation to youngsters. But it’s an integral part of the game, so when players are old enough to start heading the ball, it’s a good idea to work on technique and timing.  Whether it’s a defender, a midfielder or an attacker, rising to meet the challenge with power, control...
  9. The Grassroots Football Guide to Improving Your Weaker Foot

    The Grassroots Football Guide to Improving Your Weaker Foot
    How many times have you watched with frustration as an elite player misses an opportunity or gets a simple on-field action wrong because they were forced to use their weaker foot?  Yes, one-footedness is something that affects top-level players, so it’s not surprising that those much further down the football pyramid suffer from the same deficiency.  The vast majority of...
  10. 8 Top Tips for Playing Grassroots Over-50s Football 

    8 Top Tips for Playing Grassroots Over-50s Football 
    You’re never too old to enjoy the thrill of steering your grassroots football team to victory with a timely defensive header or speculative shot. Playing grassroots over-50s football is a great way to stay fit, meet people and stay strong as you grow older.  But before you pull on your football boots for the first time in years, it’s important...

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