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Football

What is Football?

Football is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world. The beautiful game is England's national sport

It's fast, skilful, fun and open to everyone. Most of us have kicked a football around at some point. One of the real beauties of the game is that it can be a sport for life. Friends and children in the park, jumpers for goalposts. Its free, fund and one of the best ways to keep fit and healthy.

The FA, the governing body of football in England, is responsible for developing and regulating the game at all levels from international football to the grassroots.

There are six international disability squads, one for each specific impairment. These squads represent England in friendly internationals as well as in European and World Championships.

Benefits

Increase endurance

  • Increase agility
  • Develop physical coordination
  • Build muscle strength
  • Players remain in constant motion, with about five miles typically run in a 90-minute, 11-a-side game, burning approximately 630 calories.

Costs

Whilst Football can be played anywhere for free wherever there is a space to play, some costs to consider when trying Football for the first time.

Ball

A football costs between £20-£60 depending on the ball. Some leisures can provide balls if a pitch is booked out.

Location
Can be free or you can book a pitch for an average £25-£50.

Involvement

Most villages have a local football team for all ages. Many English schools now provide football as part of the School curriculum.

Look out for "5 A Side" posters in your area. You'll find groups of people decide to set up their own leagues to play.

Equipment

You should consider buying decent shinpads and football boots. Most major sports retailers can provide you with information required on what will suit you best.

Facts

  • Football first appeared on the Olympic programme in Paris in 1900.
  • The German word for Football is "Fußball"

Campaigns

Make your Move

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Watch top level sport in Leicester-Shire

Leicestershire and Leicester's amazing sporting offer.

Local Programmes

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day.

Team Leicestershire

Team Leicestershire is the umbrella association for the traditional competitive school sport offer across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

Local Contacts

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA

Telephone
0116 286 7828
Url
http://www.leicestershirefa.com/

Partners

  • NWL LSA
    County Sport Network
    Harborough LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    O&W LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Blaby LSA
    Active Leicester
    H&B LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Melton LSA
    Safeguarding
    Leicestershire County Council
    Sport England

Partners

  • Charnwood LSA
    Harborough LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Active Leicester
  • Blaby LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Melton LSA
    O&W LSA
  • NWL LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • County Sport Network
    Equality Standard
  • Sport England
    H&B LSA