Whether an organised match, playing recreationally or keeping fit through programmes like Soccercise, 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 you can get involved in the sport, from Soccercise, which incorporates football with fitness right through to competing in The FA People’s Cup.

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.

Read Ruth’s story to find out how playing football helped her manage her mental health.

During a summer which saw the Women’s World Cup reach a record 17 million viewers in the UK, The Spirit of The Game short film captures this pivotal moment in women’s football. This spoken-word film gives voice to young, female players in 2019; exploring what football means to them, whilst encouraging others throughout the country to take up the sport.