Will your team be making a bid for cup glory in the country’s biggest football tournament?
Registration is open for the FA People’s Cup as the country’s biggest football competition returns for another season.
The FA’s mass participation football tournament, which runs alongside the FA Cup, returns in January with ten categories of competition open to footballers across England.
More than 30,000 people took part in the first season of the tournament, which is run in partnership between the FA and BBC Get Inspired, and now registration is open for players and teams hoping for a shot at glory in 2016.
The competition is free to enter and is open to male, female and disability participants ranging from under-14s up to a walking football competition for the over-50s.
The first round of matches will take place on 22-24 January, featuring a mammoth 2,000 hours of football played at more than 100 leading small-sided football venues across the country.
People of all abilities are invited to take part – from Sunday League regulars to players who haven’t laced up their boots in years.
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.
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 People’s Cup will mirror rounds of the Emirates FA Cup and, just like the main tournament, the BBC will be following it every step of the way – with cameras trained across venues around the country to capture action as it unfolds.
Teams that progress beyond round one will qualify for regional semi-finals on 27 and 28 February, with the grand finals to follow in mid-March. After three fierce rounds of competition, last season’s winners received their medals and trophies at Wembley ahead of the FA Cup Final.
To find your local FA People’s Cup heat and register to take part, visit thefa.com/play-football.
FA People’s Cup – categories: Adult male, Adult female, U16 boys, U16 girls, U14 boys, U14 girls, Male veterans, Female veterans, Over-50s walking football (mixed), Disability