What’s it all about?

Football the world’s most popular and England’s national Sport is a fast and skilful game open to anyone to play.

The game is accessible to all irrespective of age, race, gender and disability.

The majority of us at some point have kicked a football recreationally or competitively. The sports traditional format consists of two teams of 11 trying to score by kicking the ball into the opponent’s goal. The team with the most goals at the end of 90 minutes wins.

In Kent alone over 44,000 people participate in grassroots football every week. There are 1,140 clubs registered with the KCFA over 1,150 referees and nearly 3,200 teams.

Football offers significant number of benefits developing communication and coordination skills, improving cardiovascular fitness, strength and speed. The sport also provides social interaction through being part of a team.

Get involved

All you need to start is a ball, couple of friends and a local space suited to activity.

The majority of football takes place at local clubs or schools but there are also many community facilities and leisure centres that may host football training sessions. For local authority sports information contact your local authority Sports Development Officer.

FA Mars Just Play! - a nationwide initiative that aims to get adults back playing Football. To find out more about the initiative and to find where to play football near you please visit the Just Play website.

The FA Tesco Skills Programme - is a unique football coaching programme that gives 5-11s of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game. They provide after-school football coaching, holiday football coaching and also work within primary schools providing specialist football coaching. To find out more about the programme and how you can get involved visit the FA Tesco Skills website.

For more information about Football nationally please visit the Football Association’s website. Alternatively to find your local football club please visit the Kent FA website.