The Premier League is facing renewed calls to increase their investment in grassroots football, following the relaunch of a campaign swiftly gathering public support.
The Save Grassroots Football campaign, launched last season and backed by David Crausby MP, calls on the Premier League to invest 7.5 percent of its broadcasting revenue into the grassroots game.
Premier League clubs could be forced to pay a levy on TV revenue to increase support for grassroots football, according to new policy proposals from the Labour Party.
Labour is consulting on policy plans that aim to boost investment in community sport by “getting tough” on the Premier League, which will earn £5.5bn from its current three-year domestic and overseas TV deals.
New figures published by the Football Association suggest that the Respect programme has had a positive effect on discipline and behaviour across all levels of football in England.
Disciplinary figures from last season show that bookings for dissent were down 20 percent on the first season of the Respect programme in 2008/09. Overall bookings were down by four percent, dismissals by 13 percent and misconduct charges by 10 percent over the same period.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil ticked a lot of boxes and in one of those boxes was a big white tick that disappears within a few minutes.
The vanishing spray used by referees to prevent encroaching by defensive walls was a notable success – a simple solution to a persistent problem in the game that saved time, enforced fair play and improved the viewing experience for those watching.
Opinion remains divided in the grassroots football community over plans to increase the age limit for mixed football in England.
From the start of next season girls and boys as old as 16 will be able to play football for the same team, a change supported by the majority of Club Website members.