Today sees 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.
Alongside this new website, the launch also includes the introduction of two more new and exciting platforms for football fans and participants across the country.
Find Football – a brand new digital tool to help 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. 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. So go ahead and join now!
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.
The FA Charter Standard programme is also 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 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.
“This is a significant change as we unite all our grassroots initiatives and programmes under one banner,” said Mark Bullingham, CEO of the FA.
“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.”
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.