The FA People’s Cup is a National 5-a-side competition. The tournament is run in partnership with BBC Get Inspired. The FA People’s Cup is completely free to enter and welcomes male, female and disability players across ten categories.
Last season the competition in Sussex was open to Division 1 and a limited amount of Championship teams. This season, we as a league worked in partnership with the Sussex County FA to expand the competition and bring it to our league. We had a huge player interest this year and 22 teams entered into the competition which was open to Premiership, Championship and Division 1 Teams!
Although temperatures were freezing all day long, the sun was still shining and players were still smiling. We kick started the day with Division 1 taking to the pitch first. We saw Crawley Town wearing their brand new kit thanks to Crawley Town Football Club. We also welcomed Jubilee Hub to the days events who are a new team, specifically joined together just for the FA Peoples Cup. All teams in Division were an absolute pleasure to watch, with respect and sportsmanship being a huge part of each game! Each team were entered into a group table and played a Round Robin set of fixtures, 10 minutes 1 way. Well done to all teams who took part in this Division and we wish Crawley Town Flyers good luck in the next round!
Championship Division saw 11 teams entered, this was the biggest division of the day and saw the Championship split into two groups where a Round Robin set of fixtures were played. The top 2 teams played each other in a 1st and 2nd Play off fixture and the runners up of each group played in the 3rd and 4th play offs. Lawn Court and AITC All Stars kept it to a 0-0 draw in their 3rd and 4th place fixture and ended with some fantastic penalties, Lawn Court took the win 3-1 after some fantastic save from their keeper Matt Salt. We were then treated to a fantastic final between 2 Village FC teams who looked like they were enjoying their football the entire time. Good luck to The Village LCB who have made it through to the next round.
It was expected to be an exciting set of fixtures between our top teams battling it out for a place in the next round of the FA Peoples Cup and we were certainly gifted with some tense fixtures. After an injury that led to Lewes CFC being a player down, Albion in the Community showed their respect and great sportsmanship by allowing the game to come to an end despite there still being a couple minutes left on the clock. Lewes CFC later went on to take the lead a t the top of the table in the Round Robin 10 minute fixtures. Good luck in the next round!
22 Teams Entered
154 Players Registered