Get Inspired: How to get into football
|Why get into football?||Simple yet endlessly exciting and dramatic, it's the most popular sport in the world for a very good reason!|
|Who is it for?||Whatever your age, ability or fitness level, there is a type of football suitable for you.|
|Is there a cheap option?||All you really need to play the beautiful game is a football. Kick around on your own or with friends.|
|What if I want a proper workout?||Joining a weekly five or 11-a-side game increases your fitness and improves your game. Plus it's a good way to see your mates.|
|Can I take it to another level?||There are leagues galore and it's very competitive, with professional clubs recruiting players as young as seven.|
|Is there a disability option?||National Associations across Britain are increasingly pro-active in providing disability football options.|
|Is there a family option?||Family Fun Days run throughout the year to encourage families to take part in football-related activities.|
|So how do I take part?||Go to our club finder page to get into football near you.|
The beautiful game. The national game. The world game.
Football is a phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live and breathe it, playing it with their friends and watching their heroes.
But don't be content to just watch it. Lace up your boots and get your foot on the ball to take part in perhaps the most easily accessible sport there is.
An all-round workout
Football gives you an all-round workout. Players run, kick, dodge, sprint and jump, and constantly twisting and turning your body increases endurance, promotes agility and develops physical co-ordination.
Football also promotes teamwork on and off the pitch, as many teams socialise together.
The country is in World Cup fever as the competition takes place between June and July 2019. With 1.4 million women and girls playing football, there's no doubt that it's the nation's most popular female-team participation sport.
Around the UK there are schemes designed to help girls get into football - from grassroots to the professional game - as well as routes into coaching.
Jamie Vardy's remarkable rise from non-league football to Premier League winner with Leicester City has ensured that grassroots football will remain a buzzword for years to come.
To find a local club near you, check out your national body's club finders here: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland. There is also a Creating Chances scheme in England, and Football Fun Days in Wales.
- If you don't fancy getting muddy, you could try five-a-side. Played on a smaller pitch, it's a good way to make sure you get on the ball more often - and run less! Click here to find out where you can play in England.
- Futsal is similar to five-a-side, only played with a smaller, heavier ball. It places greater emphasis on individual skill and ball control, and is popular in both Brazil and Mediterranean Europe.
- Struggle to get the joints moving? Walking Football could be the answer. Check it out here and here.
- If you're more interested in stepovers than Sunday league, then freestyle could be for you. The video above will show you what's possible at the very top, but to get started click here.
- If you're worried about your weight - no problem! Sign up for the Man v Fat program to help you shed those pounds and make some mates at the same time.
Most people catch the football bug when they are young, and remain hooked for life.
Getting started early means that your football skills will come more naturally and be deeply embedded over the years.
In Wales, find out more about the Mini Football scheme. In Scotland there are schemes for both primary-aged school children and secondary. Find out about football camps and more in Northern Ireland, and the FA Skills scheme in England.
Disability football is well served across Britain, with a host of different opportunities for different groups of people.
Coaching and volunteering
Whether you have played in the past or just have a keen interest in developing talent, coaching opportunities are available through the Football Associations in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
Use your skills to help a local club - find out about volunteering opportunities in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.Join In UK can also help you find a club that needs your hands on attention.
2. Share your story and inspire others!
Are you inspired to try football? Or maybe you are an expert player already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the game by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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