The FA have drawn up revolutionary plans to revamp grassroots football
Last Updated: October 16, 2012 1:08pm
The Football Association hope plans to revamp grassroots football will revolutionise the future of the game in England.
St George's Park, a £105m national football centre, was opened this month to champion the FA's new philosophy about developing more skilful and creative players in this country.
As part of their vision, the FA plan to change how the next generation of footballers is coached, with emphasis on smaller sided games to encourage more skills and enjoyment.
Les Howie, the FA's head of grassroots coaching, is confident the proposals will benefit every level of football as well as helping to find stars of the future.
"This is not about elite and player development, this is about trying to give all children an opportunity to play the appropriate game, boys and girls and get that love of the game," he told Special Report on Sky Sports News.
"Actually if you do that with the right coach and the right support, creating the right environment - which we spend a lot of time discussing on our youth awards - then hopefully that will create the opportunities for the players to come through.
"That's when we will pass them onto professional clubs and continue their education in the game.
"Whether people come through, whether this will help us win the World Cup in the future, there are so many other determining factors in there, but I think it's the right thing to do."
Les Reed, Southampton's executive director of football, believes it is important that steps are taken to improve football at all levels.
He said: "We are looking at ways we can get involved in that to ensure that while there is a player pathway for the best players to come through at elite level, the game itself improves, is more enjoyable for boys and girls who don't get to that level."