News & Updates

Mixed football age limit raised to under-16s

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 to step down from FA role after World Cup

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.

Just Play – free kickabouts up for grabs this summer

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.

Hammers star Cole opens borough’s first 3G pitch

West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole paid a visit to a lucky school in Essex recently to kick-start Barking and Dagenham’s first ever third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP).

The new pitch, described by the star midfielder as “absolutely first class”, will mean kids from right across the borough can come and play football all year round.

Jimmy Bullard – Back to my roots

Jimmy Bullard is wondering what the next chapter in his life will have in store for him. Quite apt for a man who has a book out this month.

The 35-year-old is looking for something to replace the buzz of playing football after a roller-coaster of a career that saw him progress from the Ryman Premier League to the England squad in less than a decade, before injury struck the midfielder down in his prime.

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