The world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, is 155 years old today.
Formed on 24 October 1857, the club is officially recognised by the FIFA and the FA to be the world’s first registered club that is still alive and playing football in amateur competition.
The Scottish FA’s new Regional Performance Schools will see a return to prominence for Scotland’s national teams at all age levels.
That is the prediction of Scottish FA Performance Director Mark Wotte, who attended the first Regional Performance Schools Festival at Glasgow’s Toryglen Football Centre last week.
New playing fields developed from former wasteland, waterlogged pitches and disused playing fields brought back into use are among the latest projects to benefit from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields fund.
54 playing fields across the country will share £2.4 million of National Lottery funding to create 165 high-quality sports pitches that will be protected from developers for at least 25 years.
Howard Webb and Danny Mills were at Wembley Stadium to launch the FA Carlsberg Referee Awards as part of their commitment to grassroots football.
The awards will reward referees, highlighting the good work they do, ensuring referees stay in the game and new talent is attracted to the game.
Grassroots football will be in the spotlight on Sky Sports News tonight (Monday 15 October).
A Sky Sports News Special Report on youth football will include a panel debate on key issues in the game, a focus on 9v9 football at two English youth clubs and a live link-up from a grassroots event in Scotland.