Football Futures

The FA's Football Futures programme supports the development of young people who volunteer in football.

The leadership and volunteering programme aims to recruit, develop, reward, and provide a progressive pathway for young leaders to develop a skilled workforce.

Why Join the Programme?

We want to support our young volunteering football workforce to develop as individuals; this is through supporting the development of the key behaviours communication, teamwork, problem solving and customer excellence. All the skills gained from the programme will be transferrable and can help you throughout your journey, whether that’s through college, university or to gain employment,

Who Is The Programme For?

The programme is for anyone aged 12-24 years old who is interested in becoming involved in leadership and volunteering in football. Whether you want to volunteer in your school, college, university, County FA, football club or league, this programme will provide you with excellent opportunities to enhance your leadership skills, make new friends, gain FA qualifications and volunteer in your chosen setting.

How Does The Football Futures Programme Work?

Young leaders sign up to the programme for free by completing the application form at the bottom of this page, we will then be in contact with you promoting volunteering opportunities and asking YOU what skills you would like to develop and seeing how we can support it. You can get certificated for your hours and access various benefits in our Football Futures Pathway.

What counts as volunteering?

Any voluntary work in any football environment can count towards your Football Futures hours. This could include:

  • Assisting with coaching a team
  • Refereeing
  • Running a football programme at your school, college, university, or in your community
  • Promoting football activities for others to take part
  • Supporting the administration of a team, club, league, or activity
  • Planning and running a tournament or event
  • Running social media sites for a club or league
  • Helping out with County FA event

How Do I Get Involved?

Please contact Michael Thurlow on to request an application form or complete our online application form using the following link.