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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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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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