Get Inspired: What is the FA People's Cup?

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You might have seen reports about the 2017 FA People's Cup and are wondering what it is......

What is it?

A free five-a-side knockout competition that gives the people of England the chance to play in their version of the FA Cup.

BBC Get Inspired, the Football Association and the country's leading small-pitch football providers have joined forces to make it happen.

From Sunday league regulars to folk who have only kicked a ball in their back yard, the tournament offers everyone the opportunity to follow in the path of legends on the road to Cup glory.

Who is it for?

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The FA People's Cup welcomes male, female and disability players across 16 categories, ranging from under-14s through to the walking football categories.

It also features the increasingly popular walking football, which caters to those who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a slightly slower pace.

It is open to established five-a-side side as well as individuals.

The FA People's Cup - categories
U14 (male)
U14 (female)
U16 (male)
U16 (female)
Adults (male)
Adults (female)
Higher Education (male)
Higher Education (female)
Veterans (over-35s, male)
Veterans (over-35s, female)
Walking (50+ and mixed)
Disability (youth mixed)
Disability Premiership (male)
Disability Championship (male)
Disability Division One (male)
Disability (female)

The BBC will follow the competition every step of the way and entrants should not be surprised to come up against a few celebrity teams.

BBC cameras will also be visiting different venues to capture the action.

How does it work?

The competition will take place over three rounds, with round one on the weekend of 24-26 February.

Teams that progress will qualify for regional semi-finals on 24-26 March, with the grand finals to follow on 30 April-1 May.

Have a look at the terms & conditions to get the full details. Highlights of the FA People's Cup finals will be available to watch here at BBC Get Inspired.

If you have any queries about the competition format and rules, please contact info@thefapeoplescup.com

Disability football match in play