FA cuts to hit grassroots football and futsal hard, leaked documents show

  • Men’s national futsal teams scrapped and no women’s side
  • Grassroots game facing £22m-a-season funding cut

The Football Association’s Covid-19 cost-cutting strategy dismantles key strands of its celebrated England DNA coach education programme and abandons its commitment to the small-sided format of futsal hailed by Gareth Southgate as a “great game and development tool” to help create the next generation of players, according to leaked documents seen by the Guardian.

Grassroots football, long underfunded and hobbled by an alarming dearth of facilities, also faces a reduction in funding of £22m a season over four years.

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