Football Futures

The FA Football Futures Leadership and Volunteering programme aims to recruit, retain, develop, reward and provide a progressive pathway for young leaders in order to develop a skilled football workforce.

The young leader is placed at the heart of the FA Football Futures programme choosing what, where and how they wish to volunteer in football across six football themes. 

Click on the 'Upcoming Opportunities' box to get involved

Who is the programme for?

Any young person aged between 12 to 22, who has an interest in getting involved in football leadership and volunteering. This can be in a range of environments be it at a school, college, university attached to an FA Charter Standard Club or League. Young Leaders can choose from a range of activities, from assisting with the coaching or running of a team, acting as the press officer for a junior league, developing a film to promote a new activity for young people to play, refereeing or being a Respect Ambassador to name but a few.

What are the benefits?

Through the programme, a young leader will gain valuable experience and develop skills that can be applied to all walks of life. Once in the programme, young leaders will be offered support to gain football related qualifications such as, Junior Football Leaders, the Level 1 in coaching football or refereeing qualifications. Young Leaders can track their volunteer hours and gain FA certification at the following milestones;

10 Hours
25 Hours
50 Hours
75 Hours
100 Hours
125 Hours
150 Hours
175 Hours
200 Hours

Any young leader, who reaches more than 200 hours, can be nominated by their County FA for additional rewards.

What are the FA Football Futures Themes?

Students can choose to volunteer against any of the following themes, and be involved in as many as they wish:

1. Coaching and Working with Teams
Opportunities could include coaching or working with a team in a school, college, university, FA Charter Standard Club or The FA Club Links programme. This can be as small as assisting an experienced coach, to running one-off coaching sessions, to working with a team on a regular basis in training and also on a match days.

2. Refereeing
Refereeing games within school, college, university or club football on a voluntary basis. Young leaders can get involved in refereeing small–sided games, intra school football or chose to focus on 11v11 football and become part of the National Referee Development programme.

3. Running and Supporting Events
Assisting in the coordination and organisation of an event(s). It can be any kind of event from intra school football to regional/national tournaments.

4. Running and Developing the Game
Assisting in the running of an FA Charter Standard Club or League or an intra school league. This can involve supporting the fixtures secretary, taking minutes at committee meetings or writing development plans to increase participation.

5. Promoting the Game
Many young leaders will probably have already been involved in promoting the game through volunteering activities and not even have realised it! For example, creating a Facebook group for your club, team or league? That is part of promoting the game. Running a website? Writing match reports? Photography? The Promoting the Game strand of the FA Football Futures programme is designed to cater for these activities.

6. RESPECT Ambassador
Ensuring that all players have signed up to the Respect Codes of Conduct, putting up Respect barriers and ensuring that teams all understand the competition rules and regulations. This work to ensure that the club, league, school, college or university’s Respect practices are adhered to is rewarded through the programme.

As well as training opportunities, young leaders can gain experience in County FA run programmes such as supporting mini soccer festivals, coaching events, skills days and our annual FA Charter Standard Festival. Information on supporting these are regularly distributed via our Football Futures database.

What is the cost?

Nothing! The only cost is your voluntary time, which you may already be giving, but not receiving recognition and reward for!

Interested? Fill in the "Expression Of Interest Form" attached at the bottom of the page and E-mail it to