There has never been a better time to start playing football.

There are numerous opportunities across the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA area for you to play football whatever your age, ability, gender, race, culture or background.

The modern game historically began in the city of Sheffield and then spread out across the region.  We are proud to have the oldest and second oldest clubs in the world, Sheffield FC and Hallam FC respectively, and are proud to be the first County FA and governing body for football in the world.

In the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA region we have over 800 clubs with 3200 teams all playing football within league and small-sided structures.

Youngsters can get involved with the game by playing mini soccer, five-a-side games and then move up to the new 9v9 format when they reach the U11 age group.  9v9 is aimed at bridging the gap between mini soccer and the traditional 11-a-side game to improve youth football development. 

There are 11-a-side opportunities for males and females from the U13s all the way through to open age and veteran’s leagues.   The huge growth in popularity for small sided continues with Futsal and five-a-side across the county for youths and adults.

As a County FA, we are also innovating casual football opportunities.  The Flexi Footie league is an 11 a side initiative aimed at players and teams, who for whatever reason, do not play affiliated football.  There are also Just Play centres and sessions held at venues across the county provided in partnership with The FA.

Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA is fully committed to supporting players with disabilities and there are a number of ways that players can enjoy football in the area, whether it is turn up and play sessions, clubs, league or elite player pathways.

Should you need advice, guidance or any enquiries relating to disability football please contact Jason White,  Disability Football Development Officer on 0114 261 5500 or by email Additionally, each month we produce a newsletter containing updates relating to Deaf and disability football. To read the latest edition click here or email Jason to be added to the mailing list.

If you are interested in playing football use the Find a Club locater to discover what clubs there are in your area.  This is located on the right hand side of this page

The Football Development team are also here to help so if you would like some advice about your options please use the Meet the Team link to find relevant members of staff to contact or call 0114 261 5500

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