England was the birthplace of the modern professional game of football, the world's most popular sport. The National Football Museum collects, preserves and interprets this unique heritage for the public benefit. The Museum has a long-term mission, a responsibility to both the present and future generations. Football is the people's game. The Museum has a key role to play in social inclusion, widening the audiences for museums and their services.
The National Football Museum holds the world's finest collections of historic football artefacts and archives, including the FIFA Museum Collection.
The National Football Museum opened to the public in February 2001. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) provided £9.3 million of the total initial funding of £15 million required to create the Museum.
The National Football Museum is a registered charity, governed by a board of independent trustees. The Board comprises a chair and trustees drawn from the museums and heritage sector, football bodies, the business community and key stakeholders.
Football's Coming Home
There could be no more appropriate location for the Museum than Deepdale Stadium, the home of Preston North End FC, which is the oldest football league ground in the world. Preston has been playing at the same ground since 1878, longer than any other football league club. (The Museum is run entirely independently from the fotoball club.)