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

Whether an organised match or playing recreationally Football is a game of teamwork, individual skill and a great way of having fun and keeping fit with friends.

Why is it good for me?

Football is an aerobic sport which can help to improve your heart and lung function, as well as increasing your energy and stamina. Jogging around the park or pitch can also help reduce tension, anxiety and depression.

There are loads of ways and formats that you can get involved in in the sport.

How much does it cost?

A kickabout in the park is absolutely free!

A commercial provider will charge around £6 a session. Clubs can range from free to £5 a session.

What equipment do I need?

Comfy clothes and trainers are all you need. Oh, and jumpers to use as goal posts, of course!

Teams may require a team kit and football boots, but your coach will be able to advise you on this.

Getting started

The best to start is either at the Football Association (FA) or local FAs websites. Direct links are listed below.