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Live Reporting

Nick Crowther, Genny Cotroneo and Simone Stewart

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye for now

    And that's it from us for the coverage of the first round of the FA People's Cup.

    What a fabulous few days it's been. We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have.

    You'll be able to follow live coverage of the semi-finals in all the categories on the BBC Get Inspired website.

    Here's a reminder of the dates:


    • Saturday-Sunday, 27-28 February


    • Sunday, 20 March

    For now, THANK YOU for all you input, effort, humour. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  2. Watch the action from the FA People's Cup

    Coming soon

    Highlights from this weekend's first round will be available to watch on the BBC next week. 

    Catch it on the Red Button at 13:00 on Saturday, 30 January after Football Focus. It will then be available on iPlayer for a month.

    BBC crew filming Nick Bright with the FA Cup and girls football teams
    BBC crew interviewing young male player
    crew filming team talk on 5-a-side pitch
    BBC crew filming girls football team on a 5-a-side pitch
  3. Girls update


    Nelson Kumah

    BBC Get Inspired

    It's been a busy day in the under-16s girls football games today. Here are a few pictures from this afternoon.

    Some lucky girls, Grace and Sian of Southampton Girls under 16s, even got a picture with the Women's FA Cup.

    Southampton Girls
    tuff Fc
    qpr trust
  4. Big shout to all the refs this weekend!

    Alex Ewing

    BBC Get Inspired

    Worth a mention that without the refs around the country the tournament wouldn't have been possible! Thanks Jayne Camerons-McLane and all the others across the country. Top job!

  5. Battle scars

    Nelson Kumah

    BBC Get Inspired

    Looks like QPR Community Mash Up star player Hannah put her body on the line to win the under-16 girls first-round trophy at Vauxhall.

    Hannah from
  6. How do YOU say Get Inspired?


    Talking of being inspired......

    Here's how African Republic - a team made of a group of Business Management students from Portsmouth University - say it in five different languages.

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    Video caption: How to say Get Inspired in five different languages

    You've certainly all inspired us this weekend.

  7. Poor old Marcus

    Seems it wasn't to be Marcus' day with Torbay Exiles - but you've certainly kept us entertained and inspired!

  8. Anticipation building here

    Alex Ewing

    BBC Get Inspired

    We're halfway through the group stages here in Hull. Time for me take my pick of a game to watch:

    • Grimsby Ancient Mariners v Rothwell Old Boars


    • Retro Rovers v Grimsby Ancient Mariners B 

    On a side note, I'm loving the team names!

  9. One step closer


  10. Our man on the ground

    Nelson Kumah

    BBC Get Inspired

    Here were Limehouse Laces scoring a penalty to go through to the final of the girls under-16s tournament at London Vauxhall.

    girl about to kick football into the goal
  11. The story behind the Grimsby Ancient Mariners

    Pete Cribb, club secretary

    Alex Ewing

    BBC Get Inspired

    Remember that nice badge we had earlier? Alex has been on trail to get the story behind their team...........

    How did you get into walking football?

    "It was word of mouth in Grimsby. It's really very popular now. I heard about it 18 months ago and it's taken off that quickly that we've founded our own club with 80 members and travel across the country. Our philosophy is that everyone gets an even amount of playing time regardless of standard. 

    "Within four-five months I lost two stones. The weight just fell off. We play twice a week and the benefits we see is unbelievable. We have seen people come after heart attacks or car accidents and they've got fit again. As long as the doctor gives you the green light you can play . I would recommend it to anybody. Our aim is to form a women's team. 

    "For people of our age there isn't actually much for us to do. That's why we think the social side of the club is so important. Blokes don't call up their friends and meet for coffees like women do, but why not. We have an hour after each session to chat and have a coffee, we have a Christmas party, we go to ten pin bowling and have quiz nights."  


    Sounds like my type of club!

  12. Where were you?

    If you've been inspired to get back on the pitch, improve your game or just want an excuse to get social, go to our Activity Finder to find opportunities to play football near you.  

    close up of a football being held down by a football boot
  13. Spotted on Instagram


    This lot were taking part in the Adult Female category at PlayFootball Luton yesterday........

    @nessjasher Viking FC tackled the FA People's Cup and it was definitely more of a moral victory than anything else. Love my Viking family ⚽#football#fapeoplescup#luton#vikings#VikingFC#oxfamjumper

    Row of female footballers in viking wigs
  14. Walking Football live action

    Here's a flavour of the action in the Walking Football category....

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    Video caption: A taste of Walking Football action in the FA People's Cup
  15. Match Report: A Goalie's Tale

    Benjamin Drewett reports from London

    Thanks for this Ben........

    It was a cold winters afternoon as the To Piratiko lads stepped out onto the London Docklands Powerleague pitch in front of their three patient fans and manager Mr Ray.

    The line-up for the first game was Ben, Captain Luke, Faiz, Emre and Arslan.

    It was against tough opposition, East London All Stars.

    The nerves were there as the cool breeze blew across the rooftop pitch. The kick-off. It didn't begin well with rock at the back Faiz giving a cheap free-kick away, which I sadly let in. It didn't end there with Captain Luke marking a spirit leaving their number 20 free to smash home the 2nd goal. 

    We were all other the place as Emre knocked one well over the bar. All we could hear was the ref saying "over head height". Number 21 picked up the ball and I made a superb camera action save, only to let in the rebound near post through my legs. 

    3-0 down I then give a penalty away leaving my box. They seem confident their Goalkeeper steps up. I take five seconds. The whistle blows. I saved it. Our three fans go wild. With Mr Ray loosing his trademark Beanie hat.

    We weren't done there. We break with sub Joel providing an assist only Ozil could better for Arslan to smash home a goal. From kick off Luke and Faiz seem lost and leave East Londons attacker open for 4-1.

    -4 minutes left-

    Arslan with a fantastic solo run and then out of nothing Emre with a superb finish from a solid tackle from big man Faiz. Its 4-3. 

    Seconds left. Luke with a great tackle and Arslan hes open and finish bottom corner. Did this just really happen. I wanted to go celebrate but wasn't sure If I was actually allowed to leave my box still. It was a valiant effort. A 4-4 draw. A comeback greater than Liverpool against Norwich.

    Sadly we didn't make it through with 2 draws and loss 

    I did save two pens though so not all bad.

    (see 14:33 for reactions from another To Piratiko team member).

  16. Support is key

    Alex Ewing

    BBC Get Inspired

    Player watching a game
  17. Not Past It


    Walking football is not just for men by the way. Here's the story of Margate FC, a mixed team who regularly have a couple of ladies in their squad.....

    They claim to be past the age of being able to compete in a football league but still wanted to be involved in football in some capacity.

    One member of the team has had a quadruple by-pass. There is also a one-eyed player in the team – when he plays he can only stay on one side of the pitch otherwise he loses vision of where play is.

    Margate FC
    Image caption: Margate FC

    They have entered for fun and just want the chance to represent Margate Football Club in a national competition.  

    We wish them the best of luck.

  18. Get Involved

    Jack Kennedy writes

    male adult football team photo
  19. All smiles


    Torbay Exiles goalscorers Mark and Carl after their match against Ancient Miners this afternoon where they lost 6-5. But at least they are still smiling

    That's the spirit!

    Exiles V Ancient Miners

    You can get in contact on Twitter by using the hashtag #PeoplesCup on Facebook at the Get Inspired page or email in to

  20. Our man on the ground

    Alex Ewing

    BBC Get Inspired

    It may be a little slower but I can tell you that the competitiveness doesn't leave you. There are some great players on display but some are teetering on the edge of a jog. Luckily the ref is on it!

    Currently being treated to Lincoln City SET v Leeds United. 

    The last time Leeds faced Lincoln was 10 August 2010. Leeds won that 4-0, but it's currently 0-0 here. 

    Leeds having a shot