Fareham Borough Council has been awarded funding as part of The FA’s 9v9 goalposts initiative which was launched in May in partnership with the Football Foundation.
The Football Foundation, which is the UK's largest sports charity, teamed up with The FA to provide funding towards the installation of 9v9 goalposts as part of The FA’s Youth Development Review.
The move to 9v9 matches will require goals that are smaller than the full size goals used at present. This will have an additional expense with a pair of goals costing on average up to £900. A ring-fenced funding pot of £1.5m, made available by the Foundation in association with The FA, will support clubs and leagues taking up the new nine-a-side format of the game – a key part of The FA’s new approach to youth football.
The 9-a-side format aims to develop more technically-gifted English players. The game is more enjoyable for youngsters as they have more contact with the ball and are less likely to be dominated by larger, more physical players.
Executive Member for Leisure and Community Councillor Connie Hockley said: "I'm really pleased that the Council has received this funding as children will now be able to play matches on pitches that are relative to their age and size, which will be a lot more fun for them."
Sir Trevor Brooking, Director of Football Development at The FA, said: “The new 9v9 football format will go a long way in helping youngsters with their skill, touch and technique and it also means that 11-year-old goalkeepers won’t have to defend the same size goal that’s used by Joe Hart and his colleagues in the Premier League every week!
“We want boys and girls with a passion for football to look forward to playing on a regular basis and 9v9 will certainly mean more touches of the ball for players and a fun time for all involved.
“Investing in 9v9 goals in Fareham will only benefit local clubs and English football as a whole in the long-term.”
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