Wondering if anyone at England FA has considered increasing match day squad sizes rules to mirror the professional game and to allow full inclusion and match day participation of players. Currently although for example a squad of 22 is allowed at the 11 a side age groups only 16 players are allowed on a match day. Surely football should be fully inclusive for all including the matches themselves. With now Premier League and Championship sides allowed 9 substitutes, does anyone else feel now is the time we could increase match day squad to allow for full inclusivity rather than telling young players that they are not required on a particular week.
Last season in the girls 4th season of development they were lucky enough to reach the County Cup final, with 17 players signed on for the whole season and all contributing to the team’s success. All the girls were fit and available for the final so we were then given the regrettable task of telling one child she would be unable to participate in the biggest game of team’s journey. I hope this will not happen to other clubs this season and would hope grassroots rules could be adapted to cater for all. Thoughts??