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The Football Association have announced that they are set to invest £200million in grassroots football over the next five years.The proposals were outlined on Tuesday and represent the largest ever programme of development for football in England.The FA National Game Strategy 2008-2012 is intended to offer everyone an equal opportunity to get involved in the game and allow the sport to be played, watched and enjoyed in a safe and positive environment.The plans will see £44million per season dedicated to improving all aspects of the grassroots game, a rise of around £10million a year.The largest consultation ever conducted by the FA saw 37,000 people canvassed for their opinions on how the money should be spent and their ideas have now been implemented within the strategy.One key area which the governing body are keen to improve over the next five years is that of respect for officials from both players and spectators. A statement released on the FA's official website outlines how they intend to implement these plans: "We rely hugely on 400,000 volunteers to run the game at a local level and need to support them more."In addition, we will work to improve the behaviour of players and spectators - addressing the critically high numbers of referees dropping out every season because of abuse, as well as providing more support in recruiting and retaining referees."We will aim to provide a high-quality coaching environment for every player, whatever their age or ability. We will also put the policies and procedures in place to safeguard our young players."With grassroots football having been the subject of much debate for many years, Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe has welcomed the impressive new proposals."Success at the very top of the game is dependent on strong foundations at the bottom, so I am pleased that the FA are committed to improving access to the game at all levels and focusing on player development at an early age," he said."I am also pleased with the FA's plan to stamp out abusive behaviour that has no place either on or off the pitch."
Will there be any noticable change in 5 years time???

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Guest RBG

Should have this years ago...Depends who the coaches are and how much money they pump into it and the level of facilities..Need to go places like Portugal and Holland and France, learn from them and improve on that...None of current players will be remembered much in 10years time but Seedorf, Ronaldo, Henry..Need to play less matches sometimes and concentrate on skills more..Nowadays youth teams are about getting results and not improving as a player which is were we go wrong...Instead of trying to the the kids to pass the ball around and split the team open there told to hoof it up the big 6ft striker upfront to try nick a goal...Games seem abit to much physical and not enuf tactical...

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Nowadays youth teams are about getting results and not improving as a player which is were we go wrong...Instead of trying to the the kids to pass the ball around and split the team open there told to hoof it up the big 6ft striker upfront to try nick a goal...Games seem abit to much physical and not enuf tactical...
I hate seeing this. Watched a few youth games in the park. Kids must've been 9-10 on a pretty big pitch with big goals. All they did was lump it long and in. Instead of passing it and feeling comfortable on the ball they worry, this is also a downfall.Maybe it will work with the right frame of mind and coaching.Weather it turns out to be our Clairefontaine remains to be seen.

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Guest Robin_Van_PersG

Give the money to Simon Clifford. He's sort it right out.

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