Youth Football

  1. How Has COVID-19 Affected Children’s Grassroots Football?

    How Has COVID-19 Affected Children’s Grassroots Football?
    The COVID-19 epidemic has wreaked unprecedented damage to societies around the world. At all levels of the game, football has suffered. EFL clubs require an emergency bailout, and even the Premier League has suffered severe revenue losses. While these stories make news headlines, the crisis within grassroots football has gone largely unnoticed by the UK’s media outlets. In particular, the...
  2. Grassroots Football Returns from its Covid-19 Hiatus

    Grassroots Football Returns from its Covid-19 Hiatus
    Half the world closed down at the end of March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Professional sport is already back in many countries — albeit without fans in attendance. The Premier League and the Championship were concluded behind closed doors. And although both competitions took a huge financial hit, they’ll both survive.  But the same can’t be said about hundreds...
  3. New FAW Small-Sided Regulations Aim to Improve the Playing Experience for Youngsters

    New FAW Small-Sided Regulations Aim to Improve the Playing Experience for Youngsters
    In an effort to improve the experience of football for children in local communities, the Football Association of Wales and the FAW Trust launched a review of small-sided football. And after two years, the results are finally in. Over the last two seasons, a comprehensive review of small-sided football in Wales has involved an in-depth analysis of every conceivable aspect...
  4. Scottish FA to ban Under 12's from Heading Footballs

    Scottish FA to ban Under 12's from Heading Footballs
    Player heading a Mitre Football A ban on children heading footballs will come into effect in just a few weeks in Scotland because of fears between the link between head injuries and dementia. The Scottish FA could announce the ban on U12s heading the ball soon after a report that states that former players are at more risk of...
  5. Learning One Position Versus Many

    Learning One Position Versus Many
    At grassroots level, players sometimes get placed in positions based on their physical makeup – the fast kid is a winger or striker, the slow kid is a defender or goalkeeper, and so on. At a young age, if you label a player as a defender then what's the problem? Well, placing young players into positions too early might only expose...
  6. Improving Pre-match Preparation: Game Realistic Warmups

    Improving Pre-match Preparation: Game Realistic Warmups
    Game Realistic Warmups I was at a 7-aside grassroots game recently where one team did a rondo and a short passing exercise as part of a warmup. The game kicked off, and for the rest of the game, they kicked the ball long to their striker. It left me wondering why they focused on shorter passing for the warmup when...
  7. How to Grow Your Grassroots Football Club with an Open Day

    How to Grow Your Grassroots Football Club with an Open Day
    Participations levels in grassroots football are still falling — despite the best efforts of the government, the FA and local associations. If you want to recruit the next generation of players, you’re going to need to reach out. One way to get young players excited about your club is to hold regular open days. These are casual, fun and interactive...
  8. The Cost of Grassroots Football in England Is Rising — But it’s a Price Worth Paying

    The Cost of Grassroots Football in England Is Rising — But it’s a Price Worth Paying
    Unless you’re involved in the business side of grassroots football, you probably don’t realise how expensive things can be at this level. After all, you wouldn’t necessarily think that some young people kicking a ball around on some grass would be all that costly. But when you delve into the figures, you might begin to wonder how so many grassroots...
  9. Can a Windfall Tax on Premier League Clubs Save Grassroots Football?

    Can a Windfall Tax on Premier League Clubs Save Grassroots Football?
    There’s a long and well-established link between the state of grassroots football in England and the national team. When there’s a steady flow of talent coming through the lower echelons of the game, the future is usually bright for the nation’s Three Lions. But when things aren’t going so well, the domestic arm of elite football tends to suffer. So...
  10. England's Wonderful World Cup 2018 Legacy is the Development of Tomorrow's Superstars

    England's Wonderful World Cup 2018 Legacy is the Development of Tomorrow's Superstars
    The 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia were meant to be the most controversial yet. Warnings of violence between fans, political turmoil between the host nation and the rest of the world, and concerns about stadia all proved to be a waste of time. Russia 2018 was a triumph, in every way a World Cup Finals can be. We saw...

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