Youth Development Review

In 2012 The Football Association launched The FA Youth Development Review; a document spanning 25 recommendations based on research and feedback from clubs, leagues, schools, volunteers and County Football Associations from across the country.

These proposals spanned everything from developing the player pathway for our youngest players all the way through to mandatory release of players for international fixtures.

The two main proposals that will affect grassroots football will be the player pathway and competition strategy.

Both of these have been developed following extensive consultation that took place across the country over a two and a half year period and included:
• 350+ youth leagues
• 4000 grassroots clubs
• 50+ groups of young players
• 16 regional road shows
• overseas information
• research from child development experts.

The purpose was to listen to the views of the grassroots game and the key factors they thought needed to be developed within local football. The proposals shifted and evolved throughout the period as more information and feedback was gained. All of this shaped the final plans that were presented to and accepted by The FA Board in May 2012.

The documents below explain the changes taking place over the next 2-3 seasons for youth football from Under 7 to Under 12 and how these changes can be supported and developed by clubs, leagues, volunteers etc.

For more information or if you have any questions about the FA Youth Development Review please email