Tens of thousands of people around the country took part in a weekend of football celebration this month, as the Football Association hosted events to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the nation’s favourite game.
The weekend, called Reds v Blues – marking the classic team colours used most often in the nation’s favourite game – was created to inspire people of all ages and abilities to represent a Red or Blue team before playing football in whatever form they wished.
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Girls and boys as old as 16 will be allowed to play football in the same teams from the start of next season, following a rule change by the Football Association.
The FA has raised the age limit for mixed football from under-15s to under-16s – the fourth increase in as many seasons – in a bid to give more girls more choice over what teams they can play for.
Sir Trevor Brooking is to retire from his role as the FA’s Director of Football Development following the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
A highly respected figure in the game as a player with West Ham United and England, BBC broadcaster, Chairman of Sport England and for more than a decade in his role at The FA, Sir Trevor will leave the organisation on 31 August.
The Football Association is offering free drop-in football sessions this summer in a bid to encourage more football fans across the country to get playing the game.
Hoping to build on the excitement around the World Cup in Brazil, the FA and Mars are offering everybody one free Just Play session at participating centres between 12 June and 13 July.