FA's 2016 grassroots survey – have your say

Tell the FA what you think about the current state of grassroots football by Friday 28 October and you could be in with a chance of winning tickets to see England vs Scotland at Wembley next month

Free kick - Mugiemoss U12sThe Football Association wants to hear your views for its 2016 grassroots football survey.

The governing body wants players, coaches, referees, staff and volunteers from across the grassroots community to help shape the future of the game by completing the survey, which is open until 28 October.

Last year, over 28,700 people completed the FA’s largest ever survey of the grassroots game, with the quality and availability of pitches and a lack of support for coaches highlighted amongst the biggest concerns.

The FA’s new £230m Parklife project – which will formally open its first hub in Sheffield this month – and a new grassroots coaching programme – which will involve a network of county coaches – have both shown progress in these areas, but FA want people to take the new survey so that they can measure how far they’ve come and pinpoint areas that require more work.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “Last year’s survey provided a valuable insight into the grassroots game from the perspective of the players, coaches, referees and volunteers who know it best. We took many positives, but also learnt that there is room for improvement in certain areas.

“As we work to improve grassroots football, it is important that we listen to those directly involved, and we continually revisit this feedback as we seek to develop the national game. I am hopeful that this year the survey will reach even more people involved in grassroots football and look forward to being able to take valuable feedback on board.”

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and everyone who does so will be entered into a prize draw to win one tickets to England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley Stadium next month. Four Club Wembley tickets and four pairs of general admission tickets are up for grabs.

To complete the FA’s grassroots survey and help shape the future of the grassroots game, please click here. The survey will remain open until 28 October 2016.

FA Grassroots Survey 2016

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  1. Ashley edson on October 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I play football for my local Sunday under 16 team’s and my school and grassroot football is were I started

  2. Thomas on October 26, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    My son plays for a local club on a sunday the club is run great the only thing that stops the kids playing is the pitched they use .so i hope they dont forget about clubs in north wales .there is a lot of effort and time from parents coaches who all give up there time for the kids to play the game with smiles on there faces after all the kids thats important .so lets se if there is any money come this way to improve the pitches .

  3. amanda barnes on October 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    My two daughters are playing grassroots at present and thoroughly enjoy it.

  4. Paul Proctor on October 26, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    My son plays for his local team and realy enjoys it ,but i look at the game now its awash with money at the top so please F.A if your going to do one thing turn this pyramid upside down and provide propper pithches for kids to enjoy football.Not because there are going to be proffesional or world stars but because they enjoy playing for the love of it .

  5. Geoff wilson on October 26, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Why can’t we have a smaller goal for under 12/13/14s???these boys are too small for the big nets and teams are being taught now just to get close and aim high,,taking the football out of it???

  6. jessie Harris on October 26, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    My Grandson plays in an under 7’s team and they are taught about respect for the game ,players, officials I feel that it is starting from the wrong point . The Premiership players should be taught about respect as the young children follow the example of their hero’s

  7. Ian ferguson on October 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I dont believe the FA are fit for purpose
    This is a a PR exercise
    This exercise is not targeted at producing british players to play for our local towns cities counties or country
    Who are these people in positions of influence with little or no understanding of the game i love and are not accountable for the decline of our national game

  8. Ian ferguson on October 26, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I apologise if my comments are not acceptable but i am fed up at being embarassed at our national team and the people in charge of our FA who use the coaching scheme as a revenue stream

  9. Ian ferguson on October 26, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Why dont the FA fund the coaching schemes for grass roots football?

  10. Lee Saines on October 27, 2016 at 7:38 am

    I am involved in talent I.d and recruitment. What is wrong in grass roots? Try, EFA indecision,unqualified coaches from the beginning,the art of defending never treated as such,parents expert touchline assistance,growth of elite leagues stretched until too many clubs to share elite players….egos of committee men a problem here… , so, all that for starters and you could spend hours discussing the umbrella subjects associated with each topic.

  11. Geoff Cooke on October 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Since when did ‘grassroots football’ mean under 16 football?
    Adult amateur football is losing teams and clubs hand over fist. My own club has just had to vacate its ground of over 50 years as a result of a demand for a trebing of the rent. Impossible to finance thisfrom player subs alone.

  12. Tony Palmer on December 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I am an A licence coach and club WELFARE officer for Nottingham City schoolboy football I believe the FA should be recruiting postcode area safeguard officers. They would be responsible for around 50 clubs each making sure clubs have safe environments and CRB and safeguarding checks.

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