Within pan-disability football there are opportunities to take part informally in turn-up-and-play sessions through to more formal team and competition based football. The full pathway is illustrated below:
Pan-disability leagues and teams
There are now over 2,200 affiliated disability teams that mainly play across the 36 county pan-disability football leagues within England.
These teams and leagues form the foundation of the disability player pathway and provide an environment in which players can play competitively on a regular basis.
In many cases, these county-based leagues have been established and supported by County FAs who deliver in partnership with a range of organisations to ensure that provision is both standardised and sustained.
County leagues develop provision for a range of players playing pan-disability football: adult male; adult female; U16 mixed; U14 mixed; U12 mixed and more recently younger age groups such as U8 mixed.
The format varies but typically it will be either five, seven or nine-a-side with fixtures taking place monthly at a central venue throughout the football season.
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