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

It's fast, skillful, 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.

Football is governed internationally by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football), which is commonly known by the acronym FIFA. The most prestigious international football competition is the World Cup, held every four years. This event boasts an audience twice that of the summer Olympics!

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.

The six international Disability squads are:

  • England Amputee Football Team
  • England Blind Team
  • England Partially Sighted Team
  • England Deaf and Hearing Impaired Team
  • England Cerebal Palsy Team
  • England Learning Disability Team

Cumbria Womens League

With the continued development of girl's football in Cumbria, Cumberland FA in partnership with Westmorland FA have extended the pathway for all players at all levels. Cumbria Women's League is now in its second season with nine teams currently part, a 50% increase on season 2008/09. Teams from across Cumbria have the opportunity to play competitive football without travelling out of the County.  

Carlisle United FC Ability Counts League

Westmorland FA Weekly Sessions

Girls Football Player Development Centre – Every other Tuesday 7-8pm @ Dallam School contact Lauren Downham Boys Kick around Session – Every Thursday 5-5:45pm at Lakes Leisure Centre contact Daniel Ferguson
Tesco Skills Centre – Every Tuesday 5-7pm at Dallam School contact Tom Penny 

Football in your area

There are 99 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.


Cumberland FA

Craig Lewis
Football Development Manager
Cumberland FA 
T: 01900 872310
M: 07786 130168


Paul Jennings
Development Officer (Participation)
Cumberland FA
T: 01900 872310 ext 21; M: 07814 559669


James Reid
Development Officer (Workforce/Club Development)
Cumberland FA
T: 01900 872310 ext 21 M: 07918083637


Jess Lawson

Football Development Officer (Inclusion)

Cumberland FA/Carlisle United FITC

T: 01900 872310 ext 21 M: 07807665543


Steven Dobinson
Referee Development Officer 
Cumberland FA
T: 01900 872310
M: 07786 361337


Emma Sharrock
Football Services Officer
Cumberland FA
T:01900 872310 ext 21


Westmorland FA

Dan Ferguson
Football Development Officer
Westmorland FA
T: 01539 730946
M: 07944 033337


Mark Backhouse
Referees Development Officer
Westmorland FA
T: 01539 730946
M: 07538 200 479


Lauren Downham

Assistant Football Development Officer/Community Coach

Tel: 07943 335 820


Annette Monks/Bridget Ducksbury

Football Services Administrators

Tel: 01539 730946 

Lancashire FA - covering Barrow

Tony Callister
Football Development Officer
Lancashire FA
M: 07789773122



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