The game has more spectators, participants, revenues and media interest than at any time in its history:. The FA acts as the link between the professional game and the amateur game beneath, what we call the "National Game". There are tremendous links between the two sides of the game, not least of these is that the volunteers and players in the National Game are substantially football fans, who are therefore the customers of the professional game. A strong professional game is fundamental to creating interest in football at the grass roots.
The Amateur Football Alliance is a county football association in England. It is unusual among county FAs in not serving a particular geographical area. It was founded in as the Amateur Football Defence Council , was briefly known as the Amateur Football Defence Federation , and was reformed as the Amateur Football Association in , when The FA required all county associations to admit professional clubs. Its aim was, as the decline of amateurism at the highest levels of football set in, to protect and preserve the original amateur spirit.
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