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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.

Snickers Just Play

The casual footballer has a chance to turn up to a venue and play football. The Snickers Just Play kickabout is recreational football as its best - it's about turning up for an hour of exercise and a

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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0800 169 1863
Walking Football

Walking Football

Walking football session

Walking Football

Walking Football

Walking football session

Walking Football

Walking Football

Walking football session

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

Community Activator

FREE L2 COACHING QUALIFICATION DURING LOCKDOWN

Enhance your knowledge of the game and the coaching profession.

Blended Learning - Learn both on & off the football pitch, via our live workshops and online sessions.

Work Based Learning that allows you to instantly apply your learning into every day practice

Accredited by Active IQ, one of the UK’s leading OFQUAL approved awarding bodies in the sporting sector.

Courses to suit coaches working at any level of the game.

Courses led by a team expert coaches with a vast range of experience working within the English Premier League.

Study over 14 months - working at your own pace!

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.

Football Stadia Improvement Fund

Football Stadia Improvement Fund

Funded by the Premier League, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund awards capital grants to EFL, National League, Women's Pyramid and Welsh Premier League down to the lower levels of the FA National League System.

Lead/Assistant Freelance Football Coach

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust Game On programme is an award winning programme established in 2007. Through direct delivery of sport based activity Game On has played a powerful role in addressing the growing health, skills and employment inequalities within ex-mining communities.

We are looking to recruit committed, experienced and enthusiastic qualified coaches to join our pool of freelance coaches to deliver Game On England sessions on behalf of The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Women's Football Coach 1st Team

Post: Coach – Women’s Football 1st Team

Responsible to: Union of Students (University of Derby)

Hours: 1.5 hours per week for up to 22 weeks, plus any official BUCS match support, in line with the union’s allocation policy. (September 2021 to March/April 2022)

Salary: £20 per hour

General Job purpose: To organise and deliver coaching to the University of Derby Women’s Football 1st team and assist in the development of the players, with the aim of improving performances and results in the BUCS competitions

Therapist

Aston Villa Football Club Academy are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join their Academy Medical Department in a role primarily focused on providing elite pitch side emergency medical services during academy training sessions and fixtures, on a variable hours basis.

Physical Performance Coach U9s – U16s

Aston Villa Football Club are seeking a self-motivated, forward-thinking, and proactive individual to join our Regional Talent Club (RTC) as Physical Performance Coach across the pathway.

Football Development Officer (Female and Disability)

The Leicestershire & Rutland County FA are looking for individuals with the skills, knowledge and passion to work with stakeholders to develop playing opportunities in league, club and recreational environments for players within the both the female and disability player pathways.

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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