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What's the score?
There's a lot more to football than just scoring goals.

But it's one of the simplest games around. Grab a football, get two jumpers for a goal and you're away.

What's in the kit bag?
For a kick around a pair of trainers is fine.

If they play on grass a pair of football boots will help. Shin guards are also needed in organised games of football.

Top tip
There are over 50,000 clubs in the UK catering for all ages and standards so you can afford to pick the club that suits your child.

The local club might be the best as travelling to away matches can turn you into a weekend taxi service.

Where can I find out more about football?
Our Sport Academy site has a football section with comprehensive details on everything from the rules to our wicked training challenges. There's advice on equipment and masterclasses on how to bend it like Beckham.

Where else can I get more information on football?

Many professional clubs run football in the community courses and skills clinics. And your local newspaper probably also has adverts for teams looking for players.

The Football Association website is a good starting point.

They have a grass routes section which provides contact details for County FA development officers who have information on local teams, leagues and coaching courses.

The FA has information about Mini-Soccer which is aimed at boys and girls under 10 years old.

They also have a local-rate hotline number 0845 310 8555 where you can find out the details of clubs in your local area.



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For more information on opportunities to play visit the disability section of our Sport Academy website.

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All children, even those that think they're not 'sporty', enjoy knocking a ball around, even before they can walk.
- J Close, coach and father


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