Funding For Goalposts

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Clubs are to get help with the new FA youth team development plan which introduces 5v5 for Under-7s and Under-8s, with progression to 7v7 and then 9v9 football for Under-11s and Under-12s.

The smaller pitch and number of players allows greater number of touches of the ball and involvement in the game, helping develop greater technical skills at a lower age.The move will also bring a more child friendly approach to competition, breaking up the eight-month long adult based season into smaller periods of competition which encourage increased learning.

The FA has opened a 9v9 goalpost grant scheme early to support those clubs and leagues to use 16’ x 7’ 9v9 goalposts in advance of it being mandatory in season 2013-14.

50% grant funding towards 9v9 goalposts will be available via the Football Foundation until 30th Sept 2012 – further funding windows will follow. Applicants need to go through us after an initial process on the Football Foundation website link and the Guidance documents below.

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