The Football Association is re-launching a scheme to support local men’s teams.

Now titled ‘Stay in the Game’, the FA project gives 11-a-side community teams the chance to apply for a grant.

Clubs can apply for £750 to cover the running cost of the team.

The retention scheme has been successful in the past under the name, ‘Retain the Game’.

2,336 adult male teams in the UK were supported along with 55,000 footballers.

Head coach of the England under 20s said: “It’s no secret that we are seeing adult male players move from regular 11-a-side football into other more casual formats of the game.”

The grant enables teams to hire matchday and training facilities as well as covering the costs of first aid and matchday fees.

Mr Simpson said: “Last year’s roll-out of the scheme saw some really positive strides and I hope we’ll see men’s 11-a-side teams across the country receive a helping hand.”

Clubs eligible for the grant include:

  • Clubs operating with two or more adult teams.
  • FA’s Charter Standard Award teams (Adult, youth, community or development).
  • Clubs that aim to receive the FA Adult Charter Standard within the 2019/2020 season.
  • Clubs that have supported their County Football Association.

Applications are now being taken until close of play on June 6; clubs can contact the County FA or visit: https://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/stay-in-the-game.

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