The Football Association
The Football Association is the governing body of football for England. The Football Association is tasked with the organisation of football in England, putting in to play the rules which have been handed down by the world governing body of football – FIFA.
What is the main role of the Football Association?
The Football Association has many roles from developing amateur and the youth levels of the game to working with the professional side.
The FA Cup is the cup competition in England which is administered and overseen by the Football Association. The Football Association is also in control of Wembley Stadium.
The Football Association and the England national football team
One of the main functions of the Football Association is in relation to the England national football team. It is the job of the Football Association to appoint the England head coach or manager and organise friendly matches for the England national team amongst many other aspects of the running of the team.
When players are playing for the England national football team they are representing England through the Football Association.
It is not just the full national football team which is run by the Football Association. All of the other England football teams below the full side which are dependent on age are also run by the Football Association.
How many England teams are run by the Football Association?
The Football Association runs a total of 11 England football teams including the full England national team.
The Football Association Premier League
What is the Football Association Premier League?
The Football Association Premier League is the body which administers the top division of English football – the FA Premier League.
All of the organisation of the league will be administered by this body, for example the fixture list, the selling of broadcasting rights and parachute payments to teams that have been relegated.
Does the Football Association work alongside the FA Premier League?
The Football Association and the FA Premier League work alongside each other in relation to certain issues involved with the English game. For example if a Premier League player has committed a certain offence during a Premier League match they will be provided with a suspension. This suspension and any appeal procedure will be administered by the Football Association.
Does the FA Premier League only run the top division of English football?
The FA Premier League only runs the top division of English football – the Premier League. The lower professional divisions are administered by the Football League.
Which divisions are administered by the Football League?
The following divisions below the Premier League are administered by the Football League:
- The Championship
- League One
- League Two
Does the Football League work in conjunction with the Football Association?
In a similar fashion as it does with the FA Premier League, the Football Association works in conjunction with the Football League.
So the Football Association is the only body which deals with all levels of the professional game in England?
The Football Association is therefore the only body which deals with all levels of the professional game in England.
For more information on:
- Have there been suggestions that the Premier League should take over the running of the England national football team?
- What was the reason for this suggestion?
- Does the Football Association currently have problems with its internal structure?
- Would it work legally for the Premier League to run the England national team?
- What is a Member Association?
- What would be a better solution?