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  1. A Guide to the FA's New Heading Guidelines

    A Guide to the FA's New Heading Guidelines
    The football world stood up and took notice when the verdict of the 2002 inquest into the death of former England striker Jeff Astle was handed down. “Death by industrial disease” was the opinion of the coroner, and for the first time ever, a legal link between heading in football and long-term brain injury was established.  Astle was just 59...
  2. Can Grassroots Football Sin Bins Improve Player Behaviour?

    Can Grassroots Football Sin Bins Improve Player Behaviour?
    The FA has been grappling with the growing problem of bad behaviour in grassroots football for many years. National campaigns, educational programmes and increasingly strict rules regarding the issue don’t seem to have worked.  There is still a serious behaviour problem in community football — and more drastic action is needed.  This year sees the launch of a new rule...
  3. Is Bureaucracy Hurting Grassroots Football?

    Is Bureaucracy Hurting Grassroots Football?
    Football is a simple game. It involves 22 players, two goals and a ball. And when it’s done right, it’s a beautiful thing. The vast majority of resources and skills within the grassroots game have to be spent on the players and the people who look after them. But there’s a bureaucracy in the game that is diverting funds away...
  4. The FA Announces New Grassroots Investment for 2018

    The FA Announces New Grassroots Investment for 2018
    The Football Association is desperately trying to make up for lost time when it comes to investing in grassroots football. And while participation levels among young male adults are still falling in England, the good news is that other demographics are coming back to the game in significant numbers. Overall, however, many believe that the grassroots game in England is...
  5. What Does the FA’s Grassroots Football Survey Tell Us About the State of the Game

    What Does the FA’s Grassroots Football Survey Tell Us About the State of the Game
    It’s the political hot potato that has seen government ministers threaten legal intervention at the FA. Grassroots football in England is currently in a state of flux. After decades of financial neglect, the lower echelons of the game are struggling to make the most basic of ends meet. But what’s really happening beyond the hyperbole and political wrangling? The only...
  6. Is Losing the Home of Football a Price Worth Paying for Saving English Grassroots Football?

    Is Losing the Home of Football a Price Worth Paying for Saving English Grassroots Football?
    After decades of neglect and decline, the FA started taking grassroots football a lot more seriously a few years ago. After threats of legislation and fierce criticism from high-profile players and coaches, it seemed the game’s original governing body had finally taken notice. While there have been some very laudable grassroots initiatives over the last five years or so, the...
  7. Sky Sports' 'Support the Ref' Week Delivers Some Fascinating Insights

    Sky Sports' 'Support the Ref' Week Delivers Some Fascinating Insights
    Referees at all levels of the game in Britain are leaving football in droves — and one of the main reasons is the torrent of abuse they’re receiving on a regular basis. A nationwide walkout of grassroots referees was narrowly avoided last year, but it could still happen if the FAs in England, Scotland and Wales don’t do more to...
  8. Is This an Exciting New Era for Para-Football in Britain?

    Is This an Exciting New Era for Para-Football in Britain?
    Disabled football has been short-changed compared to other “para” sports in recent years. While millions have been poured into Olympic sports, the beautiful game has been something of a poor relative — which is shocking given the huge amounts of cash in the game. While there are associations, charities and clubs promoting disability football in the UK, they’re relatively small...
  9. Could an All Star Series Bring Disenchanted English Football Fans Back to the Game?

    Could an All Star Series Bring Disenchanted English Football Fans Back to the Game?
    Despite being far and away the UK’s most popular sport, football has an image problem in this country. Season ticket prices in the Premier League and Championship are making it impossible for ardent fans to see their team in action. TV money continues to flood in at an unprecedented rate, and the game’s biggest stars are richer than ever. But...
  10. Is it Time for a New Tax on the Premier League's TV Rights Money?

    Is it Time for a New Tax on the Premier League's TV Rights Money?
    The plight of grassroots football in the UK has now transcended the sport. This desperate situation is now common knowledge, yet we are still having exactly the same conversations — more than a decade after the issue first hit national headlines. While the problems facing the game at youth and amateur levels are never really far from the back pages...

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