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.
Football leagues in England hoping to tackle unacceptable behaviour in grassroots football can apply for 50% funding assistance towards FA Respect equipment.
The Football Foundation have teamed up with the FA for another season to provide vouchers up to the value of £2,500 to cover half the cost of equipment to promote the FA’s Respect campaign, including touchline barriers and captains’ armbands.
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.