This year’s FA People’s Cup – a nationwide 5-a-side competition run in partnership with BBC Get Inspired – launched this week, and teams from across the country are being encouraged to sign up.
The competition is free to enter and open to both males and females who simply love playing football. There are 16 categories ranging from Under-14s through to veterans (over-35s) including walking football and disability categories (see below).
Established teams can enter, or an individual can join 'wild card' teams that are formed prior to the tournament starting. Once registrations are completed, the competition will take place over three rounds; Round One, Semi-finals and Final.
The competition is now in its third full season, beginning in 2015 with 30,000 people taking part in its first year. Last year, it returned with more than 35,000 players entering from over 4,000 teams across the country. A closely fought finals day was held in Sheffield and the eventual winners from each category were invited to attend the Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.
This year, it is hoped that more players than ever sign up for a very real opportunity of tasting cup glory.
The cup run starts on Friday 24 February through to Sunday 26 February 2017 – so make sure you’ve got your name on the teamsheet.
To enter The FA People’s Cup please visit www.TheFA.com/PlayFootball
• U14 male
• U14 female
• U16 male
• U16 female
• Youth disability mixed
• Adult male
• Adult female
• Adult male disability
• Adult female disability
• Male University (students only)
• Female University (students only)
• Male veterans (35+)
• Female veteran (35+)
• Walking Football (50+)
• Sign-up launch Monday 2 January 2017
• Sign- up close Sunday 19 February 2017
• First Round Friday 24 & Sunday 26 February 2017
• Semi-final Friday 24 & Sunday 26 March 2017
• Finals Weekend of Saturday 29 April
Sessions in Northumberland
• Adult Female
• Adult Male
• Under-16 Boys
• Vets Male
Powerleague North Shields
• Adult Male
• Under-14 Boys
• Walking Football