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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.

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National Governing Bodies

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Cheddar Valley Junior Youth F.C.

Local football club providing coaching for children aged 5-16.

Somerset Football Association

Somerset Football Association

Governing Body for Football within Somerset.

Millfield Enterprises

Millfield Enterprises

We run a variety of courses each year and hire out Millfield’s facilities from individual bookings to corporate events.

Tone Ability FC

Tone Ability FC

Tone Ability is a fun football club for ages 5-16 with learning, sensory or physical disabilities.The club is run by fully qualified FA coaches with lots of experience supporting young people with disabilities. We are run by a Management Committee

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.

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.

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Hours of work: 35 hours per week, Full Time

Contract: Permanent

Location: Bodymoor Health Training Ground

Closing Date: Sunday 20 December 2020

LCFC Women Assistant Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist

Leicester City Football Club are looking to fill the position of Assistant Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist for LCFC Women, working across the whole player pathway.

Sports Turf Apprentice

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Leicester City sports turf and grounds team.

Skilled Sports Turf & Grounds Operative

Leicester City have an exciting opportunity to join their award-winning sports turf and grounds team as a skilled Sports Turf & Grounds Operative based predominantly at the Club’s new world-class training facility.

Expert Football Coaching Professional/ Developer

We have many opportunities and vacancies nationally and some limited roles abroad that will be created over the coming months. To express your interest please fill out the form and send your CV to expertfootballcoaches@gmail.com Some of the benefits to working for us are:
• Fair and generous compensation for part time roles
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• On- going training, education and support
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Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

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