FA People's Cup 2018: Entries closed for the free five-a-side tournament

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Entries for the 2018 FA People's Cup have now closed.

The first round of matches in the national five-a-side competition kicks off on the weekend of 23-25 February and we will cover all the action with live text commentaries on the BBC Get Inspired website as the teams start their bid to reach the finals at St George's Park and lift a trophy at the FA Cup final in May.

You can also get a taste of the excitement and action - and join the conversation - on social media via the hashtag #FAPeoplesCup.

What is it?

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

It is a free five-a-side knockout competition that gives everyday folk like you and me 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, everyone from league regulars harbouring dreams of glory to people who have never even set foot on a pitch can have the chance to join up with friends and enter football's biggest participation tournament.

Who is it for?

The FA People's Cup welcomes male, female and disability players across 18 categories, so there's a version for everybody.

This year it includes the increasingly popular indoor game, Futsal, as well as walking football, which caters to those who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a slightly slower pace.

The FA People's Cup - 2018 categories
U14 (male)
U14 (female)
U16 (male)
U16 (female)
Futsal (16-18)
Mixed Youth
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 League (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 - round one (23-25 February), the regional semi-finals (24-25 March) and the grand finals weekend (28-29 April).

Highlights of the FA People's Cup finals will be available to watch online at BBC Get Inspired.

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

Disability football match in play