The People’s FA Cup is about to kick-off, which means only one thing: sporting glory awaits.

If you’re anything like me, when you look at your rapidly declining physique in the mirror and reflect on where it all went wrong, you also think back to sporting glories of the past – remembering the hopes your younger self had of strutting his stuff on the field of dreams.

And if football was your chosen sport, the dream of one day lifting the FA Cup would have been right up there. But the closest you probably got was winning a kickabout down the park. Jumpers for goal posts, hmmm, isn’t it?

Well, get ready to suck in that belly and dig out your old boots, because FA Cup glory could become a reality.

The FA People’s Cup is a free-to-enter nationwide 5-a-side tournament, open to amateur players of all ages and abilities. The tournament is totally inclusive and welcomes male, female and disability players across 18 different categorie,s from Under 14s to Vets (over 35s).

In short, it means that you and your mates can create a team and take part in the actual (not quite) FA Cup. On the other hand, you could do the honourable thing by signing your kids up and let them hog all the sporting glory.

Entries for the tournament are open now and close on February 18.

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Regional first round and semi-final games will be played across the country between Feb 23 and March 25, and the national finals played at St George’s Park, the FA’s national football centre, on April 28-29.

To top it all off, winners collect their trophy at The FA Cup Final at Wembley. Let’s just go back over that for a second. You will be presented with an actual trophy at Wembley on the day of the (other) FA Cup Final.

From where I’m sitting that’s equal to anything the “professionals” can manage.

So, it’s time to stop reminiscing and finally realise that childhood dream. It doesn’t matter if you have two left feet, or that in terms of exercise you haven’t managed much more than a dad-run for years. All you need is a willing team of likeminded dreamers and you could be a part of FA Cup history. Sort of.

For more details and to to sign up visit here.

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