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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, fund 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.

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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Aylesford FC

Aylesford FC

Grassroots Football Club offering football for all. Over 500 Active Members

Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing

Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing

Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing is a free magazine in the Sevenoaks District in Kent which hosts an annual Showcase Event for local sports clubs.

Gillingham Anchorians Football Club

Gillingham Anchorians Football Club

Anchorians Football Club is a family friendly FA Charter Standard Community club, based in Gillingham we provide football for boys, girls, men, ladies & disabilities of all abilities, culminating in over 570 members, some 53 teams that participate each we

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Gravesham Girls & Ladies FC

Girls football for u9 to u18 playing in Kent Girls & Ladies Football League.
Ladies team playing in South East Counties Women's Football League Kent Division One.
New players always welcome

Dunton Dragons Football Club

Dunton Dragons Football Club

We are a local amateur community sports club based in Dunton Green, Sevenoaks.

Guru Nanak Football Club

Guru Nanak Football Club

The football club has been around for 50 years . It is the largest multi-cultural football club in Kent. The club provides football for the local community from the age of 5 with 16 teams including 3 women and girls team.

Dartford Football Club

Dartford Football Club

Satellite centres, Dartford Grammar, Wilmington Grammar & Wilmington Academy

Premier League Stadium Fund

Premier League Stadium Fund

The Premier League Stadium Fund awards capital grants to clubs to support improvement of their stadium facilities for players, supporters and officials. Funding is available to clubs who play in Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System, Tiers 1 to 4 of the Women’s Football Pyramid and clubs promoted into the English Football League.

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 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.

Football Coach

Elite Football Coaching are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic football coach, who is reliable, motivated and enjoys working with children.

Active Communities Manager

Community Action Derby are excited to be recruiting an Active Communities Manager (ACM) to lead the Derby Active through Football project.

Game On England - Freelance Football Coach

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. We currently require coaches to support a minimum of one session per week, however there may be the opportunity for additional hours. Each coach will be required to undertake a DBS check before completing any work on behalf of the trust.

Youth Football Coach

We are looking for (preferably) a Level 2 coach to run a team that competes in the JPL on a Saturday morning with training two evenings a week. You may however be a Level 1 with a view to progressing your qualifications.

There will also be opportunities to work with our Junior Youth Camp and getting involved with holiday camps during the holiday periods.

Enthusiasm is a must with the ability to build relationships with players.

Active Through Football Co-ordinator

Frickley Athletic Community Foundation are looking for an enthusiastic project co-ordinator to help deliver the ‘Active Through Football’ programme. Employed by Frickley Athletic Community Foundation and working with a consortium of different organisations and delivery partners, this is a unique opportunity to play a role in increasing participation in football related activities in the South East of Wakefield district.