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  1. Why it’s Time to Install Defibrillators in Every Grassroots Football Club

    Why it’s Time to Install Defibrillators in Every Grassroots Football Club
    When Bolton Wanderers’ Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a televised Premier League football match, the issue of potentially fatal heart conditions among young footballers made the headlines. Muamba was one of the lucky ones, as medical teams from both Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur managed to revive him on the pitch. More than 80 professional and semi-professional players have died while...
  2. Grassroots Football Referees Face Growing Blackmail Problem

    Grassroots Football Referees Face Growing Blackmail Problem
    Grassroots referees in England have suffered a torrid time in recent years. Rising levels of verbal and physical abuse have led to thousands of FA referees leaving the game for good. And despite the relaunch of the Respect campaign, England’s match officials came perilously close to a nationwide strike last year. A major advertising campaign and a new, zero-tolerance approach...
  3. Can Modernisation Plans at the FA Create a Brighter Future for Grassroots Football?

    Can Modernisation Plans at the FA Create a Brighter Future for Grassroots Football?
    The Football Association is at a crossroads in its illustrious history. Facing threats of forced modernisation by the government, the game’s governing body in England knows it needs to be more representative of the game it promotes. Finally, it seems that the constant threats from MPs are finally having a positive effect, as the FA has just announced plans to...
  4. Is There a Link Between Heading Footballs and Brain Trauma?

    Is There a Link Between Heading Footballs and Brain Trauma?
    The potential link between repeatedly heading footballs and brain injury has been discussed many times over the years. However, the BBC documentary Alan Shearer: Dementia, Football and Me seems to have taken the discussion to the next level. Following intense campaigning from key figures in both football and the medical profession, a study into the connection between heading and brain...
  5. Is the Silent Sidelines Initiative Good for Youth Football?

    Is the Silent Sidelines Initiative Good for Youth Football?
    A number of County FA’s observed a Silent Sidelines weekend this month in an attempt to improve the behaviour of coaches and spectators at grassroots youth football matches. Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’s FAs both held a “Respect Weekend” that involved strict guidelines on what coaches and spectators could do during matches — and by all accounts the initiative was a complete...
  6. Does Jeremy Corbyn’s Recent Intervention in Football Herald a New Political Era for Football?

    Does Jeremy Corbyn’s Recent Intervention in Football Herald a New Political Era for Football?
    Earlier this year a non-binding vote of no confidence in the House of Commons sent a clear message to the Football Association: reform, or we’ll do it for you. While this wasn’t the first time the game’s governing body has come to blows with the UK government, the unprecedented step of threatening legislation will have reverberated down the corridors of...
  7. Could the FA’s Sin Bin Plans Be the Key to Greater Respect in Football

    Could the FA’s Sin Bin Plans Be the Key to Greater Respect in Football
    The level of abuse being aimed at football officials up and down the country has been growing for some time. While the FA’s Respect campaign has succeeded in tackling the issue up to a point, there still remains a major problem. Our referees at the grassroots level are pretty much on their own every Saturday and Sunday morning. Without the...
  8. Is the FA’s Grow the Game Initiative Having the Desired Effect?

    Is the FA’s Grow the Game Initiative Having the Desired Effect?
    The FA is constantly being lambasted for its management of grassroots football in England, but to be fair, it is finally taking the problem seriously. Every year since 2010, the “Grow the Game” initiative has provided funds to local youth teams up and down the country. Any FA-affiliated club can apply for a grant of up to £1,500 for each...
  9. The 2016 Grassroots Football Survey Is Here

    The 2016 Grassroots Football Survey Is Here
    When the FA announced that it would invest £260 million in grassroots football over four years, it soon became apparent that no one really knew how it should be divided up. In 2015, the FA conducted their massive Grassroots Survey to find out what the most pressing issues were. The 2016 Grassroots Survey is now here, and the prospect of...
  10. Is the Cost of an FA Coaching Badge in England Hurting the National Game?

    Is the Cost of an FA Coaching Badge in England Hurting the National Game?
    England’s continual failure to make a lasting impression at a major tournament finals is now a matter of embarrassment for football’s richest domestic governing body. The Football Association has tried foreign coaches, English coaches, controversial coaches, and safe-bet coaches - all without success. But it doesn’t matter whether the current England coach is Sam Allardyce or Sam Fox, very little...

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