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football in England
Revolutionising youth
The Foundation has teamed up withThe FA to provide
funding towards the installation of 9v9 goalposts, as
part of The FA’sYouth Development Review, as well as
continuing to replace unsafe goalposts.
The FA announced recently that football matches for
younger players will be played with smaller teams and
on smaller pitches. Sir Trevor Brooking, Director of
Football Development at The FA, said:
“9v9 football will
go a long way in helping youngsters with their skill,
touch and technique and it also means that 11-year-
old goalkeepers won’t have to defend the same size
goal that’s used by Joe Hart and his colleagues in the
Premier League every week!
“We want boys and girls with a passion for football
to look forward to playing on a regular basis and
9v9 will certainly mean more touches of the ball for
players and a fun time for all involved. Investing in
9v9 goalposts will only benefit local clubs and English
football, as a whole, in the long-term.”
This is a watershed moment for the game, which
should reap rewards in terms of the quality of player we
produce in this country and the enjoyment experienced
by youngsters when they play our national game.
New goalposts for the 9v9 format will be a major part
of these plans. 9v9 football for Under 11 and Under 12s
will be optional for season 2012/13 and mandatory for
season 2013/14.
The good news is that The FA and the Foundation have
ring-fenced substantial funding towards the cost of this
programme and providing the goalposts required –
grants of 50% towards the total cost will be available.
The Foundation is working closely with County FAs
across the country to identify the sites that will benefit.
For more information please visit:
“These reforms of youth football
across the country are so important.
They will ensure we catch up with
the sort of age-appropriate smaller-
sided football matches that are played
in countries like Spain and Germany.
Ultimately it should mean we produce
more technically gifted footballers too.
It is a massive moment for the game
and it’s great to see the Foundation
andThe FA working together to
deliver this scheme.”
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