For All

The FA. For all.

Football's not just about the professionals. It's for everyone.

Today, 11.8million people play football in England. And The FA’s here to ensure everyone who participates has a great experience – regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or disability, faith or age.

Whether that’s for a kickabout or when an England team walks out at Wembley – and all the levels of football in between.

For All encapsulates our support and delivery for all levels of the game
- Martin Glenn

We’re also the people who created The FA Cup and, more recently, The FA People’s Cup – the nation’s biggest free, amateur five-a-side competition. We run Wembley Stadium, and are building hundreds of 3G pitches around the country, so everyone who wants to play, can. 

We run initiatives to encourage every type of player, including Girls’ Football Week to get girls into our national sport. We oversee all coaching and refereeing qualifications. In addition, we run and support 24 England teams, including seven disability national teams.

We work to safeguard at all levels of the game and provide a range of support services and training to volunteers. We constantly strive for best practice, so we can set new standards in everything we do.

More than 150 years after we were founded, today’s Football Association is more committed than ever to one simple philosophy: 

The game is for anyone, anytime, anywhere. In other words: For All.

The personal stories which follow bear witness that this philosophy is alive – and kicking.

Casey Stoney: Life of Football


As a kid, Casey was ridiculed for playing football. She not only proved she could compete, but became player of the season – for a boys' team. Today she has 129 England caps to her name, and plays professionally in the FA Women's Super League.

Click here to find out more about the only player to go from Blue Arrows Boys' under-11s to a Lionesses centurion.

James Blackwell: Road to England


James was a successful youth player, but apparently always carrying an injury. It was due to a secret he hid from everyone, including his fiancee. When he accepted his condition, The FA opened up a new world of football – and he went on to represent his country.

To learn how James realised his Three Lions dream, click here.


The FA is For All

Explore our other For All stories. The players, the teams and the supporters who have been made by football, and in turn, help make football what it is today.

How do you get involved in football?

There are many levels of football you can get involved in whatever your age, gender, ability or disability – and you can find your nearest location below.

Your involvement doesn't have to just be as a player. We are always on the lookout for new potential coachesreferees and volunteers.

Plus, with plenty of big games coming up for England and in the FA WSL, find out how you can show your support as a spectator.