Goalpost funding application window reopens

More funding for goalposts is now available ahead of the introduction of new small-sided game formats to youth football in England.

The Youth Football Goalposts Scheme provides clubs with funding towards the installation of new goalposts for small-sided football. It is run by the Football Foundation in partnership with the Football Association as part of the FA's Youth Development Review.

The new 9v9, 7v7 and 5v5 formats – played on smaller pitches with smaller goals – aim to develop more technically-gifted English players, and will be mandatory for Under-11 teams from next season and Under-12 teams from 2014/15 onwards.

The Foundation and the FA have made £1m available to support clubs and leagues taking up the new smaller formats of the game.

The first funding window, which closed in September, saw more than 600 clubs benefit from a total of £444,000 funding.

The new window, which is now open for applications, sees the remaining £556,000 up for grabs. Clubs can apply for 50% grants for the cost of British Standard 16’ x 7’ and 12’ x 6’ goalposts; successful applications in this window will guarantee delivery in time for next season.

Clubs can apply for Youth Football Goalposts Scheme funding via the Football Foundation website. The deadline for applications for this funding window is Friday 31 May.

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