Why is 11-a-side football dying a slow death in this country?

Sky Sports estimated that more than 3,000 11-a-side teams have folded since 2007. This plays in stark contrast to Trevor Brooking’s desire, voiced back in 2005, for a better grassroots system. His logic was simple: ‘if you want quality at the top, you have to have a broad base at the pyramid.’ Whilst this is true, a key difference needs to be made between changes that can benefit elite ......

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