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FA announce record investments back into football

The Football Association has announced its results for the 2017/18 season – including a record £128m invested back into every level of football, for the year ended 31 July 2018.

This is up from £127m investment in the 2016/17 season and continues to provide great support across English football.

During the 2017/18 season, The FA generated a total turnover of £376m. The results comprise a consolidation of The Football Association Limited, Wembley National Stadium Limited and the National Football Centre Limited.

Martin Glenn, FA Chief Executive Officer, said: "The FA has produced another strong set of financial results and last season we were able to invest a record £128m into the future of English football.

"With The FA in strong financial health we are able to give even greater support to our key initiatives. Helping to support the England teams to be ready to win and prepared for tournaments has been one of our main priorities. The investment into the technical division and St. George’s Park has played a major role in the progress of all of our England teams.

"Our commitment to women’s football has also never been greater. Record investment into the infra­struc­ture has made a real difference and, as a result, its popularity has grown signi­fic­antly.

"As a not-for-profit organisation, investment plays a crucial role in helping us deliver positive improvements to every part of the game. Another of our key objectives in the 2017/18 season was to help modernise the grassroots game with digital investment. The introduction of The FA’s Full-Time mobile app has been a game-changer for grassroots football, making the management of teams much more efficient and effective.

"The FA is in a good financial position and I am very confident in the focus and direction of the organisation. We remain committed and steadfast in driving positive and meaningful change to ensure that English football, across all levels of the game, is For All."

Broadcasting and sponsorship income remains The FA’s largest revenue stream and developing partnerships with some of the world’s leading brands is crucial to the success of the organisation. The 2017/18 season was the final year of a number of existing commercial deals, however The FA will see the financial benefit from a number of new high-profile deals when they come into effect from the start of the 2018/19 season. These include a 12-year deal with kit partner Nike, a three-year FA Cup extension with title sponsor Emirates, a long-term partnership with Budweiser and the start of the record six-year deal for the international broadcast rights for the Emirates FA Cup with Pitch and IMG.

In the 2017/18 season, Wembley Stadium connected by EE had its busiest year to-date, hosting a record 58 events and over four million spectators. The world-class events at the iconic venue included: Ed Sheeran; Taylor Swift; six England Men’s senior team matches; two NFL games; the EFL Carabao Cup Final; EFL Play-off Finals; the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Finals and Final. St. George’s Park celebrated its fifth birthday in October 2017 and it continues to play a vital role in supporting all of the England teams.

Across the 2017/18 season, nearly 11.5 million people played football in England – including 8.9 million males and 2.5 million females. A total of 91,251 affiliated, 27,730 affiliated youth mini-soccer and 2,061 disability teams took part across the country.

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