Have Your Say


The 2018/19 Grassroots Football Survey Has Today Been Announced By The Football Association.

The 2018/19 Grassroots Football Survey Has Today Been Announced By The Football Association.

The online survey, which is now in its fourth season after being launched in 2015/16, provides players, coaches, match officials, parents, supporters, volunteers, club and league officials with an opportunity to share their experiences of community football and highlight potential opportunities for improvement.    

To date, almost 90,000 participants have voiced their opinions on the grassroots football provision in their local area and helped to inform the allocation of investment and resources by The FA and County FAs.

Amongst a wide range of activities and developments, last season’s feedback directly resulted in the implementation of 18 SSE Wildcats Centres in Dorset, which provide football opportunities for 5-11-year-old girls, £948,210 of facilities investment in Derbyshire and trials of Temporary Dismissals – otherwise known as ‘sin bins’ – in Cornwall.   

Martin Glenn, The FA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "The Grassroots Football Survey has grown season-on-season. Since its introduction in 2015/16, it has given us greater insight and understanding of the community football landscape, which has helped us shape and improve our decision-making processes across the grassroots game.     

"Community football facilities are the perfect example. Despite a number of excellent programmes in place, feedback from previous surveys has repeatedly shown many are inadequate and require further investment. Whilst happy with the availability of grass pitches, participants generally report they are of poor quality. This key information from within the game allows us to prioritise development and resources in these areas.                  

"This season we want to reach more participants than ever before and make improvements necessary to ensure the continuous development of grassroots football in this country."

Kevin Shoemake, Chief Executive of Birmingham County FA, said: "this is a fantastic opportunity for all participants, on and off the pitch and at every level of the game, to let us know your thoughts and feelings about your regular football ‘fix.'  We value everyone’s ideas and opinions on the game and how the BCFA is supporting community football across the region, whether it is playing the various formats that are now available, as a fan, coach or Referee, a club volunteer, a parent, a grounds-person, physio or facility operator.

"Your opinions matter and we will analyse the feedback as we do every year in order to better inform our local delivery and highlight priority areas and also use the information to guide and advise the many delivery partners that make football happen on a weekly basis.

"I would encourage everyone to complete the survey and ‘have your say’ so we can build a better picture across all elements of the game and improve the experience for the benefit of everyone."

The survey will remain open until Monday 5th November 2018.