Get Inspired: How to get into football

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Why get into football?Simple yet endlessly exciting and dramatic, it's the most popular sport in the world for a very good reason!
Who is it for?Whatever your age, ability or fitness level, there is a type of football suitable for you.
Is there a cheap option?All you really need to play the beautiful game is a football. Kick around on your own or with friends.
What if I want a proper workout?Joining a weekly five or 11-a-side game increases your fitness and improves your game. Plus it's a good way to see your mates.
Can I take it to another level?There are leagues galore and it's very competitive, with professional clubs recruiting players as young as seven.
Is there a disability option?National Associations across Britain are increasingly pro-active in providing disability football options.
Is there a family option?Family Fun Days run throughout the year to encourage families to take part in football-related activities.
So how do I take part? Go to our club finder page to get into football near you.

The beautiful game. The national game. The world game.

Football is a phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live and breathe it, playing it with their friends and watching their heroes.

But don't be content to just watch it. Lace up your boots and get your foot on the ball to take part in perhaps the most easily accessible sport there is.

An all-round workout

Grassroots football is often where great players come from

Football gives you an all-round workout. Players run, kick, dodge, sprint and jump, and constantly twisting and turning your body increases endurance, promotes agility and develops physical co-ordination.

Football also promotes teamwork on and off the pitch, as many teams socialise together.

Women's football

FA People's Cup: Romance FC - the female five-a-side football collective

The country is in World Cup fever as the competition takes place between June and July 2019. With 1.4 million women and girls playing football, there's no doubt that it's the nation's most popular female-team participation sport.

Around the UK there are schemes designed to help girls get into football - from grassroots to the professional game - as well as routes into coaching.

Each Football Association across the country has information specifically to encourage women to play so get contacting in ScotlandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, WalesLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, Northern IrelandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport and England.Latest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport

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Grassroots

Gareth Southgate on Football Foundation community schemes

Jamie Vardy's remarkable rise from non-league football to Premier League winner with Leicester City has ensured that grassroots football will remain a buzzword for years to come.

To find a local club near you, check out your national body's club finders here: EnglandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, ScotlandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, WalesLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, Northern IrelandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport. There is also a Creating ChancesLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport scheme in England, and Football Fun DaysLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport in Wales.

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Junior football

Roy Keane gives advice to school children

Most people catch the football bug when they are young, and remain hooked for life.

Getting started early means that your football skills will come more naturally and be deeply embedded over the years.

In Wales, find out more about the Mini Football scheme.Latest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport In Scotland there are schemes for both primary-aged school childrenLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport and secondary.Latest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport Find out about football camps and more in Northern Ireland,Latest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport and the FA Skills scheme in England.Latest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport

Alex Scott meets some aspiring young footballers

Disability football

BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero for the North West Sean Bailey

Disability football is well served across Britain, with a host of different opportunities for different groups of people.

The English FA's Disability Football sectionLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport has plenty of ideas for playing or coaching. The Wales Football TrustLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport have a dedicated disability co-ordinator to deliver a fully inclusive programme.

Likewise, the ScottishLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport and Northern Ireland Football AssociationsLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport aim to ensure that disabled people have the chance to take part fully and fulfil their potential.

Coaching and volunteering

North East BBC Unsung Hero Award winner Richard Bailey from South Shields Football Club

Whether you have played in the past or just have a keen interest in developing talent, coaching opportunities are available through the Football Associations in Northern IrelandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, EnglandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, ScotlandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport and Wales.Latest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport

Use your skills to help a local club - find out about volunteering opportunities in ScotlandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, WalesLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, EnglandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport and Northern Ireland.Latest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC SportJoin In UKLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport can also help you find a club that needs your hands on attention.

FA People's Cup: Deaf Rhinos - the deaf team from Manchester

What next?

1. Find your nearest club in EnglandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, ScotlandLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport, WalesLatest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport or Northern Ireland.Latest news and information 😍😑😡 Get Inspired: How to get into football - BBC Sport

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