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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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


  • 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

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Stopsley United Football Club

Stopsley United Football Club

Local youth football club based in Stopsley, Luton

Apex Multisports Bedfordshire

Apex Multisports Bedfordshire

Apex Multisports Bedfordshire started in August 2014 having been invited by Team beds and Luton to deliver across the No Limits programme as well as in partnership with Bedfordshire based colleges, the university of Bedfordshire and National Governing Bod

Yes We Can

Yes We Can

Yes We Can provides sporting opportunities to those with a Disability in South & West Bedfordshire and surrounding area.
Current sports are Archery, Football, Swimming, Lawn Bowls, Tennis and Hockey as well as Multi Sports Days in the school holidays.


Biggleswade FC

Biggleswade FC is a young and vibrant non-league football club based in Bedfordshire.

We currently have two Senior teams competing in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division (1st Team) and Bedfordshire County Football League Divisio

AJ Sports Group Limited

AJ Sports Group Limited

AJ Sports Group Limited is a family friendly Sports Club based in Stewartby, Bedfordshire promoting high level sports teams, fun sessions, birthday parties and school holiday camps.

AFC Kempston Town

AFC Kempston Town

A football club located in Kempston town currently playing in the Bedfordshire county football league Premier Division.


Bedford Ladies and Girls Football Club

We provide football for Girls age 5 and upwards. We play competitively at Under 8, to Ladies with all age groups in between.
We are an FA Charter Standard Development Club.

If you want to play football or volunteer to Coach or assist in any other acti

Players First Ltd

Players First Ltd

We provide development to a high standard for players of all levels: whether they would like to join a club, have ambitions to get into development centres or academies of professional clubs, or simply would like to work on their football skills.

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.

Barclays Community Football Fund

Barclays Community Football Fund

Sported have partnered with Barclays to launch the new Barclays Community Football Fund, offering small grants, training, kit and exclusive ticketing offers to make football more accessible in communities across the UK.

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.

Sport and Inclusion Coordinator

Notts County Foundation (NCF) is the independent charitable arm of Notts County FC. For over 30 years, our dedicated team has been using the power of football and the benefits of sport to make a real difference within our local communities

Football Development Administrator

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team at Dorset FA as a Football Development Administrator.

As the Football Development Administrator, you will need to enjoy working as a team and be committed to making a positive contribution to grassroots football in Dorset. You will need to be organised, an excellent communicator, have genuine enthusiasm for the role and have strong attention to detail to help us provide an excellent service to our grassroots workforce.

Please note this is a fixed-term role until 30 June 2025 in accordance with FA funding.

Senior Education Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Huddersfield Town Foundation’s staff team as its Senior Education Manager.

The successful applicant will primarily oversee two key projects; Premier League Primary Stars and Premier League Inspires.

You will also play a supporting role on our Women’s Football Academy in partnership with Calderdale College and our foundation-level degrees, run in partnership with the EFL Trust and University of South Wales.

Football Development Academy Coach at Saints Southwest


▫️Full & Part-Time

▫️Cornwall, Devon, & Somerset

Developing Potential for ALL doesn't stop with the people we work with. Saints Southwest have an ongoing recruitment process, providing the right people with an opportunity to join our amazing team.

▪️Academy Coaches
▪️Admin & Marketing Officers
▪️Future Coaches Programmes
▪️PE Specialists
▪️Community & Multi-Sport Coaches
▪️Summer Jobs