The Association was formed back in 1875 following a request from 10 teams wanting to play within a structured environment – these days, the Association now boasts over 4500 Teams, playing in over 50 leagues from the region’s 7 professional clubs to the grassroots entry level of U7 for Mini Soccer. In addition there are hundreds more playing Futsal or small sided football at dedicated centres.
The county boundary is vast, extending beyond just Birmingham, to encompass the Black Country, Coventry, North and South Warwickshire, Burton, Tamworth plus other parts of Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
With so much football taking place week upon week it is paramount that opportunity exists for all in a safe, enjoyable environment. To facilitate this, the County FA, provides numerous opportunities through workshops, seminars, courses and forums with further dedicated initiatives – representative teams, referee training groups, a tutor workforce, mentoring programmes, disability football, social inclusion, volunteer programmes.
The perception of who and what the County Football Association is and does, will invariably depend on the relationship that the individual has with it. Whilst some of the weekly 60,000 plus players will only have dealt with the County FA on misconduct issues, more and more of these players, together with a few thousand more in other roles will have a different interaction.
In reality the Association is more than just an administrative body and although that remains a core function there also are the educational and development departments, tasked in ensuring that there are sufficient referees, coaches, volunteers and facilities to enable the playing of the game.