Grassroots Football Awards 2021

Nominations now Open!


The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are for people who make a positive difference. It’s our way to celebrate the fantastic individuals who put their heart and soul into the grassroots game across England – and say a huge thank you to the incredible volunteers who inspire us all.

This season our Grassroots volunteers have adapted to the ever-changing Coronavirus pandemic. They responded quickly to make football happen when they could. And when they couldn’t play they kept players, volunteers and the wider community connected off the pitch.

They demonstrated the true power of football, they stuck together, helped each other across teams, across clubs and showed what the football community could do when faced with uncertainty and an unparalleled situation.

Your nomination is going to mean so much to the person receiving it. They are going to be a winner in the eyes of their peers or players. 

How the awards work

The awards are split into categories, anybody can nominate people into the category through the online nomination portal. County FAs select a local winner for each from the public’s nominations. These form a shortlist for our national winners, selected by a national judging panel.


The Categories

Coach of the Year for adults                                                           Project of the Year

Coach of the  Year for youth                                                          Rising Star of the Year

Club of the Year                                                                                Match official of the Year               

League of the Year                                                                           Grounds Team of the Year

Volunteer of the Year                                                                      The Spirit of Grassroots Football Award


Nominate now