The halfway line is no longer just a halfway line for England’s youngest footballers.
Since the start of last season, for players from under-7s up to under-10s it is also now a ‘retreat line’ – a new addition to the rules of mini-soccer to help teams learn to play the ball out from the back.
We are one year into the most significant set of changes to the structure of youth football in England in over a decade.
It’s half time in a two-year programme to phase in new formats of the game featuring age-appropriate team, pitch and goal sizes, along with a more flexible approach to competition for our youngest players, so we wanted to bring you a half time report.
Hundreds of grassroots football teams across England are set to benefit from a funding injection of £5.8m into football facilities.
67 facilities across the country, from Northumberland to Devon, have been awarded grants as part of the new Premier League and FA Facilities fund.
Everton manager Roberto Martínez believes that the future is bright for Welsh football.
The former Swansea manager was a guest speaker at last month’s National Coaches Conference at Dragon Park, the Football Association of Wales’ (FAW) new development centre in Newport.
Four out of five people in the UK’s grassroots football community would welcome an increased use of repeat substitutions in the game, a Club Website poll can reveal.
The news comes after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) granted a one-year extension to a successful two-year trial run by the Football Association and the Scottish FA in a bid to increase participation in the grassroots game.