How to get into football
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Your guide to getting into football

It’s the most popular sport in the UK, and for that matter the world, and it’s easy to get playing.

All you need is a football and some space to get dribbling – be it a park or a playground.

But there are slightly less makeshift ways to emulate your footballing heroes.

You can get searching for a football club near you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Junior football

If you want your little one to get playing, there's the FA Skills scheme in England for five to 11-year-olds.

In Scotland, there are schemes for primary and secondary-aged school children, while Wales has the Mini Football scheme.

Have a kickabout

To get playing in matches, take at look at the English FA’s Just Play kickabouts.

There is also the Fun Football Programme in Wales and play sessions in Scotland.

Women's football

Women's football

Women’s football is riding the crest of a wave post World Cup after England’s third-place finish, and as awareness grows, so do the opportunities for women and girls to get playing.

There are some useful tips for how to begin playing the game for those in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Walking football

Aimed at keeping people aged over 50 involved in football, the walking format of the game has become increasingly popular in recent years. The main rule? No running is allowed or you'll concede a free kick.

Find a club and get playing.

Disability football

Disability football is played across the country, and the English FA’s Disability Talent Programme is one great route into the game.

You can also find information on playing disability football via the Welsh Football Trust and the Scottish FA.