Thousands of grassroots football clubs across the UK are set to benefit from a brand new kit scheme run by McDonald’s in partnership with the four home football associations.
The new scheme will allow all accredited clubs that run a junior team to apply for a brand new kit for one of their teams for each of the next four seasons, with over 7,000 clubs across the UK eligible to apply.
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.