THE FA LAUNCHES ENGLAND FOOTBALL TO HARNESS THE POWER OF ENGLAND TEAMS AND INSPIRE GRASSROOTS PARTICIPATION
• The FA unveils England Football – a new home connecting the grassroots game to England’s elite • England Football will leverage the strength and popularity of England teams to inspire future generations and positively impact grassroots participation
• New game-changing digital football hub – EnglandFootball.com – launches to make access to football easier
• England Football a key pillar in the realisation of The FA’s ‘Time for Change’ strategy to serve the game and deliver football for all
The Football Association [The FA] has today announced the launch of England Football as the new name and visual identity to represent, unite, and promote football participation in England. England Football aims to create more chances for people to play, coach and support football and better connect the grassroots game with England’s National Teams. The new visual identity goes live today across a range of new digital products and services that underpin the development; these include:
• EnglandFootball.com – the new digital home of English football for players, fans, coaches and volunteers. A one-stop online hub across all levels of the game providing comprehensive information and access to FA participation and grassroots programmes, plus the latest learning resources and the administrative tools that make managing the grassroots game more efficient. EnglandFootball.com also becomes the number one destination to follow all England National Teams.
• Find Football – a brand new digital tool from England Football helping players and parents find participation opportunities, at all levels and age groups, across the country. Players can now book their place on a number of popular England Football programmes – including Snickers Just Play, Weetabix Wildcats and Age UK Walking Football – directly via the Find Football tab on EnglandFootball.com.
• My England Football – A new, free rewards programme to recognise the passion of England fans, grassroots players and volunteers accessible via EnglandFootball.com. My England Football offers money-can't-buy rewards, including the opportunity to play on the Wembley pitch, meet England players and watch them train, priority tickets, mascot places and behind-the-scenes match day access. Plus, a host of FA and partner discounts and offers.
These transformational digital services will all carry the distinctive England Football identity, characterised by a new crest giving England’s Three Lions a fresh purpose that symbolises inclusivity at all levels of football. A cub, lion and lioness unite to form the iconic England crest with no boundaries - representing everyone at every level of football across the country.
The England Football brand will be integrated across popular grassroots programmes – including McDonald’s SuperKicks, Snickers Just Play, and Weetabix Wildcats – as well as FA products like The Bootroom and BT Playmaker, plus club and league administrative tools such as Full-Time.
In addition to England Football’s new digital offering, The FA Charter Standard Programme is evolving to become England Football Accreditation and will serve as the gold standard for clubs and leagues that positively improves people’s football experience in England. England Football will be fully supported by the County Football Associations across the country as they continue to play a pivotal role in communicating, supporting and delivering England Football programmes at a local level.
To support the launch of England Football, a film has been released capturing the essence of football in England, from the grassroots game to England’s elite. Produced by fan-first football media company, COPA90, the content depicts the diversity and inclusivity of football the length and breadth of the country, while showcasing its significance and centrality to local communities.
England internationals including Azeem Amir, Demi Stokes, Harry Kane, Lucy Bronze and Marcus Rashford feature in the film, alongside portraits of grassroots heroes nationwide to demonstrate the true diversity and fabric of football in England.
Mark Bullingham, Chief Executive of The FA, said: “This is a significant change as we unite all our grassroots initiatives and programmes under one banner. England Football will harness the unique ability of the England teams to inspire future generations and positively impact participation at all levels of the game. Kids want to be the next Steph Houghton, Harry Kane, Nikita Parris or Raheem Sterling.
“As well as inspiring future generations, England Football’s digital tools will help us to create more opportunities to play, coach and support the game, nationwide. We want football to be For All and to play a major role in getting the country active following the impact of COVID 19 – England Football will help achieve that.”
England Football complements the role of The FA as the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. The FA continues to oversee all England international teams, across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running FA Competitions, including the Emirates FA Cup and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, all with a purpose to unite the game and inspire the nation.