The grassroots development plan is the strategic framework for launching, following up and rolling out grassroots activities throughout the country. It is the outcome of study, evaluation and consultation. It sets out the goals and actions which will drive towards achieving the defined objectives. It is implemented by the technical department with continuous evaluation of progress and adaptation against outlined objectives.

Effective planning, however, needs to be a shared process that involves all the stakeholders. In the case of a grassroots programme, it is essential that links and partnerships be created with the government as well as other bodies to ensure continuity in the medium- and long-term. The first stage of development planning is to understand exactly what you hope to achieve and what you would like your programme/plan to do. An effective monitoring and evaluation system should also be designed to ensure that the programmes meet the expected outcomes. 

Your objectives should be SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timed 




Analysis of the situation in a country

  • Population,
  • Administrative and technical organisation at national, regional and local levels,
  • The educational system,
  • Sports policies,
  • The existence of a grassroots football structure,
  • Sports infrastructures and facilities,
  • Links between the Member Association and government ministries.

The practice of football

  • A study of football throughout the country, in all provinces and regions, will show the extent to which the sport is practised in all sectors.
  • Determining the facilities available in all sectors, in particular in rural areas, offers vital information, such as the number of children who have access to football equipment and under what conditions.
  • The availability of coach-educators and equipment, as well as the different types of tournament organised throughout the country, will give an indication of the needs of each sector.
  • Can a programme be launched in the various sectors, or a seminar organised to study the feasibility of the programme?
  • Are there official links between Member Association staff, leagues, clubs, communities and schools?
  • Guarantees for the continuity of the grassroots football programme in rural areas and other regions must be based on the stability of those involved, including the communities and ministries of health, youth, sport and education. These bodies must not only be present, but also active in working towards a common objective.

Analysis of needs

  • Coach-educators: number and qualifications
  • Development of grassroots football
  • Activities: competitions, tournaments and festivals
  • Equipment, material
  • Infrastructure
  • Grassroots football committee