FA People’s Cup: People’s game on course for Leeds

FA People's Cup includes walking football.
FA People's Cup includes walking football.
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THE FA People’s Cup will return to Leeds next month, giving 10 teams the opportunity to become national champions and receive Emirates FA Cup Final tickets for May next year.

The competition will feature 10 categories with both male and female tournaments for both under-14s and under-16s plus adults and veterans (over 35s). Tournaments will also be held for walking football (mixed) and pan disability with round one taking place over the weekend of January 22-24.

The opening stage will feature a mammoth 2,000 hours of football played across more than 100 venues, including Powerleague Leeds Central on Wellington Bridge Street where there is a variety of football on offer for free.

The format for the FA People’s Cup will mirror rounds of the FA Cup with the BBC following every step of the way with cameras trained across venues around the country. Teams that progress beyond round one will qualify for regional semi-finals on February 27-28 with the grand finals to follow in mid-March.

People of all abilities are invited to take part – from Sunday League regulars to players who have not laced up their boots in years. FA chairman Greg Dyke said: “As we discovered in the first year of the FA People’s Cup, the tournament contains all the ingredients that make cup competition so seductive – the thrills, the spills, near misses and the glory.

“This year, we want to build on this and increase the number of individuals as well as teams that sign up to participate.

“We look forward to seeing more people from Leeds take part in this great occasion to get your boots back on.”

To register visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/30657513 or for info email info@thefapeoplescup.com.