Football For All

There are opportunities for everyone to play the national game, whatever their age, gender, ability, race, culture or background.

There are different forms of football from the Small-Sided game, such as Mini Soccer for young children taking their first steps in the game to Futsal and the hugely popular five-a-side, to the more traditional eleven-a-side game.

However you choose to enjoy playing football, there are 38,000 teams across England providing opportunities in every community.


For the most talented players, there is a player pathway in place – a pyramid of participation identifying the key elements needed in foundation, through participation and performance to drive excellence at the top of the pathway.

This pathway ensures that talented players are given the very best opportunities and support to reach their full potential, which at the elite end may mean playing top domestic football and even representing England.