About The FA
The FA is the not-for-profit, governing body of football in England. It is responsible for growing participation and regulating the sport, so everyone can enjoy it.
Through FA grassroots initiatives there are currently seven million active players, 400,000 volunteers, more than 300,000 coaches and 27,000 qualified referees.
The wider game in England now sees 30 million tickets sold to professional football in this country every season. There are 115,000 teams across all levels of the game. And up to half the population watch when England play key tournament matches.
Football is the nation’s favourite game.
To find out how you can get involved too, go to www.TheFA.com/myfootball
to find a club, course or game near you.
Participating in Football
Become A Referee
- Wonder what it’s like to manage a football game?
- Love football but can’t play as much as you did?
- Want a hobby where you can earn money?
- Or maybe you just simply want to understand why certain refereeing decisions are made?
Well, you’re not the only one, more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing. If you would like to become a qualified referee, you need to take part in a Basic Referees Course with your local County Football Association.If you would like to speak to someone in your area then please use this link which will direct you through to the appropriate County Football Association where a member of staff will be happy to help.
Why should I become a licensed football coach?
With the playing styles, systems and trends of the modern game constantly evolving, licensed coaches will gain access to latest developments in the game, furthering their own knowledge and understanding to help their players meet the demands of the modern game. Through a culture of ongoing learning and development, coaches own self-esteem will be elevated, giving individuals the knowledge that their adopted coaching methods, styles and practices are ethically sound and meet the requirements of the modern game. The FA Licensed Coaches scheme provides coaches with the continuous training necessary to handle the growing demands of the game at every level.
We aim to recruit, retain, develop, reward and provide a progressive pathway for young leaders in order to develop a skilled football workforce for the future. The young person is placed at the heart of the Football Futures programme choosing what, where and how they wish to volunteer in football across 6 football themes. On an annual basis, over 4,000 young people will be provided with an opportunity to get involved in volunteering in football with development of life skills at the core of everything they do.