First Round of the People’s Cup 2017

People's Cup 2017

People’s Cup 2017





On Saturday 24th January, we sent two teams to the first round of the FA People’s Cup. One team consisted of five incredible mum’s that were looking to prove a point; it’s never too late to be a role model. The group of mum’s started playing Football together in September when their daughters joined our girls’ only Football session’s. Over the months they have developed friendships, Football skills and the desire to inspire their daughters to continue playing Football.

Mums Squad with Kat

On the other side of the spectrum, our other She Can Play team are all too familiar with the FA People’s cup having beat 5000 teams to become  2016 Runners Up of the Adult Female Category. Both teams with a point to prove, for different reasons.

Our Mum’s squad kicked off the tournament in Shepherds Bush with an incredible 3-2 win against a very competitive team, such a fantastic achievement for a group of women that have never played in a team before! It didn’t stop there, our mum’s placed 3rd overall in their group that comprised of 6 strong female teams. Well done mum’s!!! Picture2

Our women’s squad also kicked off the People’s Cup in true She Can Play style beating the first team 8-0. The girls confidence remained high even though suffering a shock defeat in their second game, they managed to get through the group stages finishing in 2nd place. The quarter finals brought about some familiar faces that posed a great challenge in last years Cup; Fusion. She Can Play after a tough fought game managed to win by a single goal, much to the delight of their home supporters. After breezing through the semi-finals with a  7-2 win they were happy to know the two finalists automatically qualify for the REGIONALS.

After walking through the imaginary tunnel to lucky number pitch 3 the girls soaked up the euphoric atmosphere of 30+ fans and a dog. After singing the national anthem She Can Play were ready to play. After coming back from 2-0 down to levelling 2-2 it was looking to be decided by pens. However a last minute goal by the opposition piped them to the post. The loss didn’t last long as soon after the officials notified She Can Play that the opposition had fielded an illegal player, thus meaning She Can Play were crowned winners of the local round!


She Can Play

The People’s Cup 2017

After reaching the Cup Final for The FA People’s Cup in 2016, The BBC paid us a visit to see what we’ve been up to. The People’s Cup if you can remember, is the biggest 5 a side competition in the UK with over 5000 teams entering last year. We were very proud to invite The BBC to come and film one of our Girls’ and Women’s only sessions.Our story will be aired in the coming weeks however you can catch a small glimpse through the link below.

The FA People’s Cup welcomes male, female and disability players across 16 categories – ranging from under-14s to veterans (over-35s). We highly recommend signing up to The FA People’s Cup.

If you haven’t already signed up follow this link and enter your team NOW!

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Sign up closes on February 19th!


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Premier League Visitors

Last week we were very lucky to be visited by TWO Women’s Premier League players; Charlton Athletic’s Centre Midfielder Katie Bottom and West Ham Ladies / India’s No.1 Adi Chauhan.

Adi delivered a goal keeping master class to our advanced players aged 12-15. She went through the fundamentals of shot stopping, closing down the attacker, how to dive safely and distribution. By the end of the session all the girls were extremely proud of themselves demonstrating they would be able to step into the position if ever needed. Adi was very impressed with how quick the girls picked up the skills and how they transferred them into the conditioned games. It was also a great insight for our attacking players to see how a goal keeper thinks especially during the quick 1 vs 1 situations. Thank you Adi!

Katie Bottom decided her master class’s theme would be how she scored her first goal for Charlton; her head! She demonstrated the importance of both defensive and attacking heading techniques to the 7-11 year olds. The heading practices simulated different game situations, the girls chose what type of movements they had to make prior to the header in order to generate a better technique. At the beginning many girls were scared of the ball, by the end Charlton’s centre midfielder managed to convince the youngsters that the ball was their friend not an enemy. The girls were very excited after the session to win a personalised photo too. Thank you Katie!

Katie Bottom's First Goal for CAFCShe Can Play Premier League Visitors

India's No.1 GK Adi