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Football Association Announces New Plans For 2018

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The Football Association [the FA]has today announced a series of new initiatives and investments which will have a significant impact, both on the organisation itself, and for all of English football.

Today’s announcements include a range of measures aimed at improving the culture of the FA and considerable new investment into every level of the game.

These include:

* New policies, procedures and changes to the support structure around England teams at St. George’s Park

* A significant new commitment to making The FA a more inclusive and diverse organisation

* An increase to the contribution and leadership from The FA in supporting inclusion and anti-discrimination across all of English football

* A new initiative to ensure a greater level of engagement from senior ex-professionals and managers in The FA’s work

* Increased independence and transparency in the FA’s decision-making process

The announcement also includes a range of substantial new strategic investments in the game which will be made from the 2018/19 season. This will total around £180m per year going directly back into football, which is up from £123m in the previous year, representing a 38% increase.

The FA is a not-for-profit organisation that is now able to make this new investment due to increased revenue from the sale of the Emirates FA Cup and England broadcast deals, a new long-term partnership with Nike and the consequence of the corporate re-structure in 2015. This has enabled The FA to operate more efficiently.

The new investments include:

* More than double the Emirates FA Cup prize fund from the 2018/19 season. This will benefit all participating clubs at every stage of the competition

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