Nominations are now OPEN for 2021!

The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are for people who make a positive difference. It’s our way to celebrate the fantastic individuals who put their heart and soul into the grassroots game across England – and say a huge thank you to the incredible volunteers who inspire us all.

This season our Grassroots volunteers have adapted to the ever-changing Coronavirus pandemic. They responded quickly to make football happen when they could. And when they couldn’t play they kept players, volunteers and the wider community connected off the pitch.

They demonstrated the true power of football, they stuck together, helped each other across teams, across clubs and showed what the football community could do when faced with uncertainty and an unparalleled situation.

Your nomination is going to mean so much to the person receiving it. They are going to be a winner in the eyes of their peers or players. 

How the awards work

The awards are split into categories, anybody can nominate people into the category through the online nomination portal. County FAs select a local winner for each from the public’s nominations. These form a shortlist for our national winners, selected by a national judging panel.

The categories

Coach of the Year for adults                                                    Project of the Year

Coach of the  Year for youth                                                   Rising Star of the Year

Club of the Year                                                                      Match official of the Year         

League of the Year                                                                  Grounds Team of the Year

Volunteer of the Year                                                              The Spirit of Grassroots Football Award

 Nominate now

Further category information

Key dates

16 March:          Nomination opens

 4 May:                 Nominations close8 June:

8 June: National Panel – national winners selected

National ceremony TBC