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November 26, 2015
The competition is run in partnership between The FA and BBC Get Inspired with the country’s leading small-sided football providers serving as delivery partners. Round One takes place over the weekend of January 22-24 and will feature a mammoth 2,000 hours of football played across more than a hundred venues.
More than 30,000 people competed in the inaugural competition that culminated in May after three fierce rounds of competition.
It is completely free to enter and welcomes male, female and disability participants ranging from under-14s through to veterans (over 35s). Once again the competition features the increasingly popular walking football for over 50s which caters to those who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a slightly more sedate, but no less competitive pace.
The competition is open to both established teams and also individuals who will have the opportunity to form teams at special ‘squad building’ events ahead of the tournament. People of all abilities are invited to take part - from Sunday League regulars to players who haven’t laced up their boots in years.
FA Chairman Greg Dyke said: “As we discovered in the first year of The FA People’s Cup, the tournament contains all the ingredients that make cup competition so seductive – the thrills, the spills, near misses and the glory. This year, we want to build on this and increase the number of individuals as well as teams that sign up to participate.”
The format for The FA People’s Cup will mirror rounds of The Emirates FA Cup and as with the oldest cup competition in the world; the BBC will be following every step of the way - with cameras trained across venues around the country to capture action as it unfolds.
Although there are no 'local rounds' based in Cumberland, teams are able to enter competitions across the North of England in a bid to reach the latter stages!
The FA People's Cup
Registration open: From Monday 23 November 2015
First Round: 22-24 January 2016
Categories: Adult Male, Adult Female, U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U14 Boys, U14 Girls, Male Veterans, Female Veterans, Walking Football (Over 50s & mixed), Disability
Teams that progress beyond round one will qualify for regional semi-finals on February 27/28 with the grand finals to follow in mid-March.
All those interested in participating can register at www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired.