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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"

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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Football Foundation - Energy Support Fund

Football Foundation - Energy Support Fund

1:00am - Thu 13th April, 2023

The Premier League, The FA and Government's Football Foundation has launched the Energy Support Programme to help clubs and organisations become more energy-efficient to ensure financial and environmental sustainability.

FA Snickers Just Play Funding

FA Snickers Just Play Funding

1:00am - Sun 30th April, 2023

Our aim is to have FA Snickers Just Play centres covering the whole country to ensure that anyone who wants to get involved has an opportunity to do so and with your help we can achieve this.

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

Barclays believe in creating opportunities for all through access to football. Through the Barclays Community Football Fund, we want to grow participation in football at every level.

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.

Women's National Coach Developer

We are excited to be searching for a Women's National Coach Developer, who will support the growth of the world's best coach development system and contribute to a winning World Cup.

Goalkeeper Coach (Casual PT)

BRS Coaching Academy are looking for a qualified GK coach to work at our Thursday evening GK Centre and provide support to our team GKs on Saturday's at Chapel Gate.

Level 1 GK
Level 2 GK - desirable

Please submit a Football CV with experience to

Youth Football Coach (Casual PT)

BRS Coaching Academy are looking for Lead and Assistant Coaches to support our ever growing teams.

We're looking for Level C (Level 2) or above coaches to lead our Junior Premier League teams (u9s-u16s) and Level B or above coaches to work with our u18s who play in the South West Counties (Semi Pro level).

Evening coaching sessions with games on a Saturday

Junior Football Coach

Crowle Searchers FC are an inclusive FA Accredited football club based just outside of Worcester. We are looking for a qualified football coach to run our minis sessions each weekend. Max 2 hours per week.

Women and Girls Officer / Post 16 Coach

The Go – Ahead programme is a practical football activity programme delivered for one hour per week to 20 identified schools throughout a full School year , the aim of the programme is to encourage more females to become empowered and more confident in participating in sport through football.

The Female Academy programme is a full-time football and education programme in partnership with Leeds City College for girls aged 16 - 18, the postholder will support in delivery and management of the programme helping recruit and support the participants from a delivery and management aspect.

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