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11-a-side in decline at grassroots level?

With the news of yet another league looking for new teams we ask whether weekend 11-a-side football at grassroots level is on the decline?

The Worcester and District League is one of many amateur leagues dealing with a reduction in teams due to a change in people's working patterns, costs and other commitments.  They are hoping to attract more teams to their Saturday division next season with the introduction of earlier kick-off times and increased sponsorship.

League secretary Graham Russell said: “One piece of advice we took on board was a Football Association suggestion of earlier kick-offs and this has proved popular.

“Sponsors we are talking to have a wish to make Saturday football inexpensive — a sure incentive in these times of recession.

“We have enquiries from sides who asked last season and want to join next season. Inevitably, as with all grassroots football, some clubs will fold or move elsewhere.

“We hope, with the assistance of our potential sponsors, to retain all this season’s teams and make the league attractive enough for others to join.”

Is the current model for amateur football working?  How are leagues performing in your local area? Let us know your thoughts - e-mail us at office@footballtradedirectory.com.

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