FA People’s Cup
Nobody loves a cliché more than football. Phrases like, “I’ve seen them given”, “great feet for a big guy” and “another famous European night at Anfield” drive most of us, unless you’re a Liverpool fan or Peter Crouch, completely bonkers when they’re spewed like confetti by Andy Townsend. Yet there’s one cliché that most of us seem willing to accept and even encourage: “The Magic of the Cup”.
We all dreamed of it when we were kids (there you go – another one) – scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Well here’s your chance with the FA People’s Cup, a 5-a-side tournament for the good people of Britain.
In collaboration with the BBC Get Inspired campaign, the FA People’s Cup offers everyone a chance of a day at Wembley with a giant knockout competition which will give 14,000 teams and over 100,000 players a chance to taste cup glory.
The FA People’s Cup is free to enter and welcomes male, female and disability players across a range of categories – from under 14’s through to veterans (over 35’s). It also features the increasingly popular walking football, which caters to those who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a slightly more sedate, but no less competitive pace. The categories are:
– U14 (female)
– U16 (female)
– Adults (male)
– Adults (female)
– Veterans (over 35s, male)
– Veterans (over 35s, female)
– Walking (mixed)
It is open to both established teams and also Joes and Janes who can join ‘wild card’ teams that are formed on the day. You’ll be a bit like that ringer kid who always turns up down the park wanting a kick-about.
The competition will take place over three rounds with the first round taking place on the weekend of the 20th-22nd of February. There will be eight regional venues hosting the semi-finals between the 24th and 26th of April. Disability Football Finalists will be decided through a series of Disability Football Festivals taking place in March and April.
The final will take place on Bank Holiday Monday the 25th of May in Manchester, and the winning teams will be invited to the FA Cup Final at Wembley to receive their People’s Cup trophy on the 30th of May.
Some of the country’s leading Small Sided Providers have signed up so there should be plenty of places to get playing with Goals, PlayFootball and Powerleague all involved. For details of your local festival email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your postcode and you’ll need to get registered at www.bbc.co.uk/getinspired before the 14th of February so be quick!