FA People's Cup 2018: Champions crowned at St George's Parks head to Wembley

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Sunday's FA People's Cup finals - relive the best bits

From the first ever Futsal champions to penalty shootout drama, the 2018 FA People's Cup came to a thrilling end as 18 teams were crowned winners of the biggest and most inclusive five-a-side tournament in the United Kingdom.

St George's Park, home of England's national teams, hosted the finals weekend, with the champions now heading to the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United on 19 May, where they will lift their trophy on the Wembley turf at half-time.

With categories ranging from under-14 girls to men's over-50 walking football, it all started back in February when over 50,000 players, across 278 venues, took part in the first-round.

In March it was the semi-final stage, as the number of teams were whittled down from 700 to 100.

The level of competition and the hunger and desire to win turned up a notch on the finals weekend, with teams cheered on by the support of friends and families.

England stars such as Harry Kane and Lucy Bronze train at St George's Park, and it seems the FA People's Cup players were inspired by playing at the prestigious venue.

As this year's competition reaches its end, here is our summary of all the winners from the weekend's action.

Saturday

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Great goals & skills from Saturday's FA People's Cup finals

Poppy's Players were crowned the first ever FA People's Cup Female Futsal champions, after thrashing AGFA 8-0 in the final.

A new category in the competition this year, futsal is a version of five-a-side football played on a hard indoor court, with a smaller ball and with unlimited substitutions.

The Female Disability category was won by Aston Villa Girls for the second consecutive year, after they beat Bradford City 6-0.

Poppy's Players were the first team to win a Female Futsal trophy at the FA People's Cup
Poppy's Players were the first team to win a Female Futsal trophy at the FA People's Cup

A well-matched final in the Under-14 Boys category was won by Finesse Academy with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Expected Toulouse.

Next up was the Disability Youth final and Maidstone United Raiders, whose fans were out in full force, beat Aylestone Park 2-1 thanks to a late winner.

Fleetwood Town Flyers won the Walking Football category 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw against Beccles Town FC.

Stevenage Girls won a tight game to lift the Under-14 Girls trophy after beating Wiltshire Girls 1-0.

The Filthy Fellas retained their Higher Education Male trophy with a 1-0 win over Provincial FC
The Filthy Fellas retained their Higher Education Male trophy with a 1-0 win over Provincial FC

In a sensational high-scoring Male Futsal final, Ladsh FC beat Wolvercranson 6-5.

There were big challenges and silky skills as Options Management beat MDU Vets 2-1 on penalties in the Male Veteran category, after the game ended 1-1 at full-time.

Saturday was rounded off with the Higher Education categories as a late-winner gave Lboro Rangers a deserved 1-0 win over A Team in the Female category and Filthy Fellas defended their title with a narrow 1-0 victory over Provincial FC.

Sunday

Danby Rovers celebrate winning the Adult Male Disability League category
Danby Rovers celebrate winning the Adult Male Disability League category

There was very little to separate the teams in the first four finals of the day, with all the matches ending goalless and going to penalties.

Danby Rovers beat Wigan Athletic Whites 3-1 on penalties in the Adult Male Disability League category, with Wigan losing a final on penalties for the second consecutive year.

Bolton Lionesses roared to victory over Pro Direct in the Under-16 Girls category, winning 3-2 on penalties and Swale Tigers won their shootout against Warriors by the same margin to lift the Adult Male Championship Disability trophy.

The Bolton Lionesses celebrate their Under-16 Girls win over Pro Direct
The Bolton Lionesses celebrate their Under-16 Girls win over Pro Direct

Chewton beat El Rondo 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shootout for the Under-16 Boys trophy.

TCFC then made up for the lack of goals in Sunday's finals with a comfortable 3-0 win over West One Three in the Adult Male category.

Next up was the Adult Male Premiership Disability category, where Westcliff United beat Reading FC Deaf 2-1 in a close contest.

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Adult Male side TCFC beat Livo Lads on penalties in the semi-finals, before beating West One Three in the final

Nottingham Vets held on for a 2-1 win over Sports for Tots to win the Female Veterans category.

In what was the final game of the 2018 FA People's Cup, FC United and Meridian battled it out to a 0-0 draw in the Adult Female category, with FC United winning 3-2 on penalties.

What next?

St George's Park
The 2018 FA People's Cup finals weekend took place at St George's Park, home to the England national teams

This year's competition gave us more heart-warming examples of how football can make positive change and bring communities together; from Bolton Burnden FC, a team who played football as a way to help them recover from drug or alcohol addiction, to Joseph Chamberlain College Girls, a group of girls from Birmingham who are inspiring Muslim women to take up the sport.

You'll be able to watch a special programme about this weekend's FA People's Cup finals on 19 May, the same day as the FA Cup final, on the BBC Red Button and online.

Want to take part in next year's competition? You can now register your interest in the 2019 FA People's Cup.

You can get a taste of the excitement and action - and join the conversation - on social media via the hashtag #FAPeoplesCup.

If you have any queries about the competition format and rules, contact FAPeoplesCup@TheFA.com