The FA People's Cup

This week sees a record-number of teams and players kick-off the 2017 FA People's Cup

This week sees a record-number of teams and players kick-off the 2017 FA People's Cup

Thursday 23 Feb 2017
The FA People's Cup returns in 2017 with the first round taking place in February

The FA People’s Cup returns this weekend as first round fixtures take place across the country.

With a record number of over 40,000 players involved, including over 6000 teams in 16 separate categories, it promises to be a real feast of football.

The FA People's Cup
  • First Round: 24 - 26 February
  • Semi-Finals: 24 - 26 March
  • The Finals: Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May

Run in partnership with BBC Get Inspired, the competition sees teams pit themselves against each other in regional stages to begin with, before progressing into a more national outlook at eight venues for the semi-final and then the Finals at PlayFootball in Birmingham this May.

There is People’s Cup action at over 150 venues, starting on Friday right through until Sunday afternoon.

And among those starting out on the path to glory sure to bring a smile to your faces are imaginatively named teams Moves Like Agger, Tekkerslovakia, Goal of Duty and Tea and Busquets

The People’s Cup is now in its third season, having seen almost 70,000 players taking part in the previous editions, with the winners from each category of the finals in Sheffield all invited to watch The Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley.

This year will also see a higher education category included for the first time as Universities across the UK compete for the chance to appear at Wembley Stadium on Emirates FA Cup Final day. 2017 participation is up in all categories, with all of last year’s winners returning to defend their crown. 
Winners will then experience the once in a lifetime opportunity to receive their trophies on the pitch at Wembley Stadium during The Emirates FA Cup Final. 

You can follow the action over the weekend, including videos, photos and eye-catching stories via the @FA and @BBCGetInspired Twitter accounts.

• U14 male
• U14 female
• U16 male
• U16 female
• Youth disability mixed
• Adult male
• Adult female
• Adult male disability
• Adult female disability
• Male university (students only)
• Female university (students only)
• Male veterans (35+)
• Female veteran (35+)
• Walking football (50+)

By FA Staff