There are a lot of costs involved with running a football club and if you’re thinking off starting a new club you need to consideration and addressed funding from the offset.

Costs of running a football clubs can include:

  • Affiliation fees – County FA and League
  • Cup entry fees
  • Team kit and equipment
  • Travel expenses
  • Referee fees
  • Pitch hire for matches and training
  • Education course fees if applicable

Funds can be generated from annual player subscription fees, please consider the rate these need to be set at in order to cover costs across the season.

Club finances are extremely important and must be dealt with appropriately.  Appoint a club treasurer and keep appropriate financial accounts recording income, expenditure and assets as these will need to be audited by HM Revenues & Customs. Clubs also need to open and use a bank account.  Further details are available in the club administration manual and from The FA Your Game website

Once established you may wish to develop the club further which takes additional money whether it is for building a new clubhouse or buying a new team kit.  Help is at hand from Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA and a number of other sources.  

Clubs should contact Sheffield & Hallamshire CFA for details of any FA grants, loans and other funding opportunities available from the FA and other sources.

Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity. Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Foundation directs £30m every year into grassroots sport.

The Foundation receives money from the very top of the professional game and also from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through Sport England. It then uses this money to leverage even more partnership funding, to deliver a programme of new and improved community sports facilities in towns and cities across the country.

There are a number of grants available to clubs.  They are awarded to projects that improve facilities for football and other sports in local communities, sustain and increase participation amongst children and adults regardless of background, age or ability and help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Typical funding projects include grass pitches drainage and improvements, pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms, artificial turf pitches and multi-use games areas and fixed floodlights for artificial pitches.

  • Grass Roots Facilities Fund (Over £50k grant request)
  • Build the Game (under £50k)
  • Grow the Game

Click here to visit the Football Foundation website

In addition to the Football Foundation there are other sources of funding and grants available please click on the link below:

Available grants and funding list

New funding sources are launched all the time. If you know of any that you think our associates should know about please email with the details.

The websites below can provide you with some further information on fundraising:

Football Stadia Improvement Fund
Football needs Referees