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Football is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world. The beautiful game is England's national sport

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An Overview of Football

It's fast, skilful, fun and open to everyone. Most of us have kicked a football around at some point. One of the real beauties of the game is that it can be a sport for life. Friends and children in the park, jumpers for goalposts. Its free, fun and one of the best ways to keep fit and healthy.

The FA, the governing body of football in England, is responsible for developing and regulating the game at all levels from international football to the grassroots.

There are six international disability squads, one for each specific impairment. These squads represent England in friendly internationals as well as in European and World Championships.

Benefits

Increase endurance

  • Increase agility
  • Develop physical coordination
  • Build muscle strength
  • Players remain in constant motion, with about five miles typically run in a 90-minute, 11-a-side game, burning approximately 630 calories.

Costs

Whilst Football can be played anywhere for free wherever there is a space to play, some costs to consider when trying Football for the first time.

Ball

A football costs between £20-£60 depending on the ball. Some leisures can provide balls if a pitch is booked out.

Location
Can be free or you can book a pitch for an average £25-£50.

Involvement

Most villages have a local football team for all ages. Many English schools now provide football as part of the School curriculum.

Look out for "5 A Side" posters in your area. You'll find groups of people decide to set up their own leagues to play.

Equipment

You should consider buying decent shinpads and football boots. Most major sports retailers can provide you with information required on what will suit you best.

Facts

  • Football first appeared on the Olympic programme in Paris in 1900.
  • The German word for Football is "Fußball"

Find Football Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

The FA Snickers Just Play!

The FA Snickers Just Play! gives the casual footballer a chance to turn up to a venue and play football.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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General Information
Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863
Down's Syndrome Football Session inconjunction with DSActive

Down's Syndrome Football Session inconjunction with DSActive

A session specifically designed for Down's Syndrome Football players inconjunction with DSActive

Football Foundation - Small Grants

Football Foundation - Small Grants

Small grants scheme offers grants of up to £25,000 for items that will help support your club from the restart and beyond. Whether you want to score your goals in style with some new goalposts or need some new maintenance machinery to keep your groundsman happy.

Club Cashback Scheme

Club Cashback Scheme

The Club Cashback Scheme is a partnership between the Foundation and Club Website to support local clubs, raise much needed funds, and ensure future sustainability within the grassroots game.

Premier League & FA Facilities Fund

Premier League & FA Facilities Fund

Not for profit organisations that are looking to refurbish their existing or develop new football facilities can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the Football Foundation's Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme.
The funding is available for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

Grassroots Football Fund

Grassroots Football Fund

Grassroots Football have teamed up with the Utilita Energy High 5 movement to launch the Grassroots Fund, providing support to grassroots clubs, leagues and volunteers who need the help.

Premier League Fans Fund

Premier League Fans Fund

A commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations that improve the relationship between fans and their clubs.

Disability and Inclusion Football Development Officer

An exciting opportunity has arisen to undertake a key role as Disability and Inclusion Football Development Officer. The successful post holder will work as part of the Development team and will primarily be responsible for the strategic development and engagement of under-represented groups within football across SHCFA in line with The FA National Game Strategy. This role will report directly to the Football Development Manager.

LCFC Women Foundation Phase Coaches

The key duties of the role will be to provide a high standard of coaching to a respective age group and educating all players in line with LCFC Women philosophy and methodology.

LCFC Women Youth Development Phase Coaches

The key duties of the role will be to provide a high standard of coaching to a respective age group as well as educating all players in line with LCFC Women philosophy and methodology.

LCFC Women First Team Analyst

The role will provide players and staff with in-depth statistical training and matchday analysis, including pre-match opposition analysis, post-match analysis, training analysis and individual player analysis.

Head of Academy Player Development

Based at the brand new Leicester City Training Ground, the Club have split what is usually called the Head Of Coaching position into two roles: Head Of Coach Development and Head Of Academy Player Development.

Andrew Wadsworth

West Riding County FA Football Development Manager

01132 822 358 or 07779809567

Eva Maria Egginton

Girl's, Women's and Inclusion Football Development Officer

0114 2615500

http://www.sheffieldfa.com

Jack Matthews

County Development Manager

07792 026798

http://www.sheffieldfa.com

Jason White

Disability Football Development Officer

0114 2615507

http://www.sheffieldfa.com

Joanne de Tute

West Riding County FA Senior Development Officer

01132 821 22 opt 1 or 07779809566

Mark Wozniak

Sheffield & Hallamshire FA - Football Development Officer

0114 2615515

http://www.sheffieldfa.com

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