Last year, over 40,000 players competed in the FA People’s Cup – and this year is set to be even bigger. Put simply, the FA People’s Cup is a free five-a-side competition that gives all of us the chance to play in an FA Cup of sorts – an FA Cup for the people, you might say.
Join in football’s biggest competition
The Football Association host the tournament in partnership with BBC Get Inspired and the country’s leading small football pitch providers. It was first formed in 2015, following on from the popularity of the FA Umbro Fives competition that came before it. In its first year over 30,000 people took part, which resulted in over 1,000 new teams being created. It is now football’s biggest tournament in terms of participation, and will grow further this year with the addition of new categories – walking football and futsal.
The full list of The FA People’s Cup categories is as follows:
- U14 (male)
- U14 (female)
- U16 (male)
- U16 (female)
- Futsal (16-18)
- Mixed Youth
- Adults (male)
- Adults (female)
- Higher Education (male)
- Higher Education (female)
- Veterans (over-35s, male)
- Veterans (over-35s, female)
- Walking (50+ and mixed)
- Disability (youth mixed)
- Disability Premiership (male)
- Disability Championship (male)
- Disability League (male)
- Disability (female)
You might be Sunday or Saturday league regulars, or a group of football-mad friends who have never even set foot on a pitch – it doesn’t matter. Everyone has the opportunity to enter, and to win.
Anyone can enter and anyone can win
And there is no need to be daunted. In 2017, a team called Wockey came together with no experience and went all the way to lift the Cup in the female higher education category. The BBC will follow the competition every step of the way and entrants should not be surprised to come up against a few celebrity teams – although professionals are, naturally, not permitted to take part.
The competition will take place over three rounds – round one (23-25 February), the regional semi-finals (24-25 March) and the grand finals weekend (28-29 April). Highlights of the FA People’s Cup finals will be available to watch online at BBC Get Inspired.
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