Youth Football

  1. Can the PAPA Scheme Get More Teenagers Playing Football in the UK?

    Can the PAPA Scheme Get More Teenagers Playing Football in the UK?
    All of the greatest footballers the game has ever produced started on the road to success with something very simple — a love of the game. Before Lionel Messi signed his first professional contract, he simply loved to play the beautiful game. Yet all too often, this love and passion for football is superseded by other factors. For some, a...
  2. Does England’s World Cup Run Demonstrate the Country’s Grassroots Strategy is Working?

    Does England’s World Cup Run Demonstrate the Country’s Grassroots Strategy is Working?
    Regardless of what you think about England’s performances in the 2018 World Cup, there’s no doubt that this run is capturing the imagination of the country. Politicians are talking about the team in Parliament, airline captains are announcing results at 30,000 feet and throngs of fans are enjoying beer baths in open-air “World Cup zones”. There’s magic in the air...
  3. The Premier League and FA Join Forces to Save Grassroots Football

    The Premier League and FA Join Forces to Save Grassroots Football
    It’s hard to read anything about grassroots football these days without hearing about the hardship that local clubs, associations and players are being forced to endure. There’s more money in the game than ever before, yet there are still thousands of young players being forced to play on dangerously worn pitches every weekend. After several years of public pressure, the...
  4. UEFA’s Equal Game Initiative Lights Up Champions League Final Celebrations

    UEFA’s Equal Game Initiative Lights Up Champions League Final Celebrations
    European football’s showpiece event isn’t just about the game’s elite; it’s about the grassroots game too. While the game’s richest and most talented players are given the ultimate stage on which to shine, the people who play the game on playing fields and municipal pitches also get their day in the sun. UEFA’s Equal Game initiative is all about giving...
  5. Can English Football Learn Something from the MLS Academy System?

    Can English Football Learn Something from the MLS Academy System?
    Wayne Rooney is about to become the latest European football star to see out their career in America. It seems the lure of MLS is too much to resist for the world’s biggest stars. But why is this? More importantly, is it hurting the development of the game Stateside? When Kaka signed for Orlando City, he picked up a cool...
  6. Robbie Savage’s 10-Point Plan to Save Grassroots Football

    Robbie Savage’s 10-Point Plan to Save Grassroots Football
    The FA has finally started to take the issue of abuse at grassroots football matches seriously. New codes of conduct and various initiatives related to Respect have already been put in motion — but former Leicester City and Wales midfielder Robbie Savage has his own thoughts on the issue. Robbie may have played at some of the most famous football...
  7. Why Small-Sided Football Matches Are Important to the Development of Youngsters

    Why Small-Sided Football Matches Are Important to the Development of Youngsters
    Young children need lots of time with the ball in order to develop their touch and control. Unfortunately, there are still too many kids playing 11-a-side football on pitches that are too big. Games involving four, five or six players on each time have been shown to be much more effective at developing the skills of youngsters. Not only that...
  8. Can the Relaunch of the FA’s Respect Campaign Avert a Nationwide Referee Strike?

    Can the Relaunch of the FA’s Respect Campaign Avert a Nationwide Referee Strike?
    The behaviour of some players and parents in grassroots football has been a major cause of concern for many years now. But over the last decade or so, the situation at youth level seems to have become worse — despite the existence of the FA’s Respect campaign. So bad has the problem become, grassroots referees were planning to strike on...
  9. Child Welfare in Football: The FA’s Safeguarding Guidelines

    Child Welfare in Football: The FA’s Safeguarding Guidelines
    In light of recent developments in relation to the sexual abuse of young footballers in the UK, it is incumbent on all coaches and football administrators to ensure their club is safeguarding the children it is responsible for. In reality, the safety and well-being of children playing the game is the responsibility of everyone. Each club, association, school and private...
  10. Can the FA Stop English Teenagers Giving Up Football Prematurely?

    Can the FA Stop English Teenagers Giving Up Football Prematurely?
    The huge riches that await the very best young footballers in England are beyond the wildest dreams of most. Worldwide fame, untold riches and the opportunity to do something they love for a living can be attractive pull factors to the game for youngsters. But the biggest rewards are reserved for less than one percent of the children who are...

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