The chairman of the Football Association (FA) Greg Dyke has admitted in saying that the grassroots game in England are in need of major changes and there are plans of making these changes happen as this can hugely improve the future of football in England as well as even helping out the development of rising stars in the country.
“If you go to Germany or Holland we are miles behind in terms of facilities and the number of coaches. It is clear we have a real problem with pitches. Local authorities’ budgets are being squeezed and most of the pitches are owned by them. The maintenance of these pitches is not as good as it used to be and over the last two years there have been swathes of games called off, so it’s a real issue’’ Greg Dyke told reporters.
The main plan of Greg Dyke is to help increase the facilities in which football is being played with better pitches and boost the number of top quality playing grounds as well as expand the number of coaches between different teams and clubs.
By the year 2020, there have already been outlined a number of goals that Greg Dyke and the commission are hoping that will be accomplished which includes:
Increasing football hubs of 30 cities as well as upgrading the pitches of urban areas by establishing state of the art artificial grass pitches.
Having more than 150 new football-owned and managed football hubs to support the delivery of FA, County FA and professional club youth development and coach education programs.
Establishing more than 50 per cent of all mini-soccer and youth football matches and having about 3,750 matches per week.
All of these goals and changes are expected to provide England with a better suited place for homegrown players to be developed and consequently increase the possibility of having younger players added into the main team of England.